MA Students

Second Years

Mariam Aiyad graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD) with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a minor in History. For the past year, she has worked as an Outreach Coordinator for a research consortium at UMD. Her academic interests include developing a deeper understanding of the historical context that has led to the creation of democratic governments, and the exploration of global themes, such as nationalism, colonialism, and orientalism.

William Allgood is originally from Batesville, Arkansas and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in international history.  For the last seven years he has been an Armor officer in the United States Army stationed in Germany, Korea, and Texas.  His academic interests center on the military and political aspects of European imperialism in the nineteenth century.  In the future, he plans to return to the Army.

Jacob Andersen is from Sudbury, Massachusetts and recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. His primary historical interests are the twentieth-century United States, organized labor, and radical, especially revolutionary, organizations. Upon completing his MA, he plans on pursuing a PhD and aspires to an academic career. Outside of history, he enjoys fiction, film, Boston sports, and Formula One racing.

José Casetellón Gutierrez is originally from San Miguel, El Salvador but has lived in DC since 2008. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a BA in History. His primary research interests include the cultural history of Central America, especially El Salvador, during the twentieth. He hopes to be able to pursue a PhD after graduating from MAGIC.

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Casey Donahue (MAGIC/MSFS) graduated from Tulane University with bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and History. He is writing his MAGIC capstone on Irish American political violence in the mid-19th century. Casey also studies displaced communities and humanitarian crises in the Greater MENA region. He has published pieces on opposition groups and human rights lawyers in Iran, and on women’s involvement in the Afghan peace process. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Casey has worked as an English teacher in Konya, Turkey and New Orleans, Louisiana, and as a political risk analyst in Washington, DC.

Katherine Evans (MAGIC/MSFS) is from London, UK and graduated from Durham University with a B.A. in Politics in 2018, having spent an additional year at Boston College, MA.  She has spent the past two years working in the East Africa Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Katherine’s academic interests include the intellectual history of protest and social movements, and particularly the role that religion plays.  At Georgetown she hopes to focus her research on transcontinental relationships between the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Halaina Halsted graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2019. For the past year, they have continued their job as a volunteer supervisor at Roots Young Adult Shelter in Seattle, Washington. She is particularly interested in using oral history as a research method and studying contemporary western or U.S. history.

Stewart Huntsman graduated from Kenyon College in 2016 with a BA in History. Originally from Utah, he has an abiding interest in the history of the American West, and his other interests include American Political History, Modern European History, and the intersection between the two.

Taelor Logan graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a bachelor’s in History and Japanese as her second language. For several years, she worked various political campaigns in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina that ranged from local to Congressional level races. Now at Georgetown, Taelor intends to study the political relationships between the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan. She intends to pursue a career in diplomacy regarding these countries.

Devinie Lye-Ukwattage is originally from Sri Lanka. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (The Universities at Shady Grove) with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Public History. Devinie‘s research interest explores the political and socioeconomic factors that contributed to the advancement of science and technology in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of science as a key component in the expansion and development of the west.

Andrew Messick graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2019, with a BA in History. His academic and research interests focus on 19th and 20th century British imperial, technological and political development, as well as the Western use of naval forces as projections of power and as means of imperial expansion. His ultimate goal is to earn his PhD and become a professor and scholar of British history.

Tianna Mobley is originally from Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2020. In 2019, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh, where she conducted an independent research project on black history in Scotland. Tianna is passionate about finding creative approaches to applying historical research to transatlantic social justice work. Her research interests include the Atlantic World, slavery and the history of American race relations, and the Civil War. Her ultimate goal is to earn a PhD and become a professor of American history.

Shuang Peng is originally from Beijing, China, and recently graduated from Fudan University with a bachelor’s degree in history. Her academic interests include British and German history through 19th and 20th centuries, particularly on the aspects of nationalism and gender. Personally, Shuang loves reading, swimming and traveling. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a PhD and continue her career in academia.

Johannes Schmidt was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the Washington, D.C. area in the 1990s. After graduating from George Washington University, where he studied International Affairs and Latin American literature, he went on to intern and work at think tanks in Washington, D.C. and Santiago, Chile, where he became interested in the influence of the 16thcentury School of Salamanca on modern economics and political philosophy. At Georgetown, he hopes to gain a better understanding of the role the “Spanish schoolmen” played in Latin American independence movements, focusing primarily on Peru and New Spain.

Abigail Sweetman graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History. Originally from Ketchikan, Alaska, she has particular interests in rural/urban social dichotomies. Her research at Georgetown will focus on gender relations in modern China.

Miguel Torres-Yunda is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated in 2019 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in History and B.S. in Psychology. His academic and research interests focus on civil and political violence against ethnic groups, sexual minorities, and women in the Andean nations. He is also interested in how such violence has affected those communities and the democratic traditions of the Andean nations. His goal is to obtain a PhD and become a professor of history.

Kathleen Walsh is from St. Louis, MO.  She received a BA in history from Davidson College in 2018.  After graduating, she worked at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC.  Kathleen is interested in studying post-World War II Europe, specifically Austria, and the cultural, political, and religious effects of the war and later occupations on the region and national identities.  She plans to pursue a PhD in history and a career in academia.

Zhonghua Wang graduated from the University of Iowa with bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. He is from Hefei, China. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted in-depth research on the history of agriculture in the Midwest, especially the changes in livestock breeding. He believes that the process of the United States’ evolution to a mature modern society has enlightening value for many developing countries in the world. With the valuable platform of Georgetown University, he hopes to continue his research on American history and eventually pursue a PhD.

First Years

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