The following history majors have volunteered to share their knowledge of the History department at Mount Holyoke College. Feel free to contact any of them with questions about how to navigate the requirements of the major, which courses to take, how to plan for studying abroad, or an independent study - simply, anything history.
Divya Chandramouli '14
Divya Chandramouli is concentrating on the history of South Asia. She was born in Chennai, India, and grew up in eastern Massachusetts. Last spring, she studied abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a part of her semester, she conducted anthropological field work in Dharamsala, India, exploring the ways in which Tibetan opera is preserved and performed in Tibetan communities-in-exile. Over the summer, Divya spent a month in the Tamil Nadu Archives, researching how South Indian classical music transformed and developed during the Independence era and afterwards.
Maddie Collins '14
Maddie Collins focuses their study of history on medieval Northern Europe, while minoring in English. They are particularly interested in writing a thesis on the role of women in medieval Northern European sagas. Last summer Maddie spent a month in Ireland studying at an archaeological field school in Ireland. Maddie has also been involved with their local historical society for the past five summers.
Alexandria Decatur '16
AnnElizabeth Konkel '14
Julia Lopez '14
Julia Lopez specializes in the fascist states of 20th century Europe, though she also enjoys historiography and has a special place in her heart for any and all Spanish history. She has been volunteering and interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C., for two summers, and is conducting research on the political and social aspects of the collaboration between Vichy France and the Third Reich. She speaks Spanish and French and would be happy to help anyone with research in those languages. In her free time she plays for the MHC ice hockey team and drinks copious amounts of tea.
Chelsea Miller '14
Chelsea Miller specializes in the histories of empires and environmental change. She has volunteered for the New York State Museum indexing Revolutionary and Civil War photographs and transcribing a diary from the Civil War. Chelsea is currently in her final semester at Mount Holyoke and is conducting an independent study on the resistance to reforms and expressions of control by imperial authorities, a project which began with research on tax revolts in seventh- and eighth-century Egypt under the early Islamic Empire.
Elyse Moore '15
Elyse Moore is concentrating on nineteenth century women’s economic history with a nexus minor in journalism. She came to this distillation by way of the crossroads of women’s history and culinary history. She has worked for the past year in the Holyoke and Skinner Family archives at Wistariahurst Museum to research and write an historical cookbook based on the life of Holyoke philanthropist Belle Skinner. Elyse was born in Cambridge and grew up in Buckland, Massachusetts. A New England Culinary Institute graduate and career chef, Elyse wrote grants for the charitable food system before returning to school as a Frances Perkins scholar.
Kalyani Nedungadi '14
Iris Pavitt '15
Iris Parker Pavitt is passionate about studying history with a focus on the United States in the 19th century. Lately, she has been particularly taken with the many intersections of the temperance movement, as well as women's pioneer stories of the West Coast. She has completed two internships at her local historical museum, and is thrilled to work in the MHC Archives and Special Collections this year.