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.

Divya Chandramouli
Alexandria Decatur '16; I was able to acquire additional knowledge and research material in the subject of Native American culture and history.
Tiffany McClain '01
Tiffany McClain '01: if every discussion about how to communicate or understand a social issue started with a history lesson, we would all be better off.
Image of Emily Wells ’15
Emily Wells ’15 discovered a “treasure chest” of knowledge about early American life after winning the envied Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship.
Daniel Czitstrom
"The main challenge is to put the best political and social history into the service of making more compelling drama and richer characters" - Czitrom
Holly Hanson, Professor of History
Hanson said the State Department experience has helped her realize the importance of teaching her students to become “public intellectuals.”
Lindsey Scannell '07
Lindsey Scannell '07: my Pugh Grant funded my primary source research at France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives in Paris.