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.

Julia Housten Nguyen ‘95, Senior Program Officer
Julia Husten Nguyen ‘95: not initially in the field of grant reviewing, transferrable skills as a history major and educator prepared her for her work.
Rebecca Brenner 15
Rebecca Brenner '15: in four days I preserved boxes of letters and this project became my honors thesis on the efforts of Frances Perkins to aid refugees.
Professor Czitrom speaking at the College's 175th Anniversary Celebration.
Featuring speaker Professor Czitrom
A panel on the Native Northeast and the Algonquian Diaspora, featuring Professor DeLucia
A panel featuring Professor DeLucia
Czitrom speaks on C-Span about the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the worst civil insurrection in U.S history
As a Mount Holyoke student, Sara R. Haviland ’03 interviewed life-long civil rights activists for her thesis — leading to a doctorate and her first book.