Practice History: mentored research

Students are mentored and supported in their own original research through independent study projects

To practice history is to apply historical thinking across a range of activities, from archival research and scholarly communication to public debate and engagement with the major events and issues of today. As faculty, students and alumnae, the history department is a source of original historical research on a range of topics, periods and places, all of them highlighted in these pages. 

In this section you will be able to explore the research / publications and speaking engagements of our faculty; see samples of student research, learn how to write a grant proposal, apply for research funding, and conduct a senior independent study.

Historical research continues after graduation, as alumnae continue to carry out research and publish. In addition, the history department also offers funding for postgraduate student research.

Ruth A. Miller '97 PhD, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ruth A. Miller '97: Twenty years ago, the History Department prepared me for an academic career, It’s difficult to overstate how grateful I am.
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AnneElizabeth Konkel ‘14: the difference between reading accounts of the Taliban in the classroom & talking face to face with a former Taliban negotiator.
Emily Wells ’15—Curatorial Intern at Colonial Williamsburg
Emily Wells ’15: I researched toys and toy companies, wrote up my findings in brief reports and added them to the database, along with other materials.
Kristin C. Johnson '15
Kristin Johnson '15: My thesis fills an important gap in Mexican-American history and more accurately represents their role in post WWII labor movements.
A panel on the Native Northeast and the Algonquian Diaspora, featuring Professor DeLucia
A panel featuring Professor DeLucia
An American Historical Association panel on the future of the history textbook, featuring Professor Czitrom.
An American Historical Association Panel featuring Professor Czitrom