History Student Awards and Profiles

History graduate student awards


Maria Alef, "Peace in Purgatory: WWI, Its Remembrance and the Competition for Interpretive Authority"
​College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize


Julianne Haefner, "U.S. Foreign Policy towards Angola during the Ford Administration, 1974 to 1977"
​College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize

History graduate students

​Please note that this is not a complete list of students in the Joint PhD or MA History programs​.

​David Banas Jr.

  • Started at CMU​: Fall 2016 (Joint Masters, joined PhD program Fall 2018)
  • ​Fields: Modern Europe, 20th Century American, Modern East Asia
  • Research Interests: Modern Europe, Europe between two World Wars, The Rise of European Nationalism, Modern Germany, European Border Lands, Transnational History

​Marcel Haas​​​

  • Started at CMU: 2015
  • ​Fields: Native American History, 18th Century British Colonial History, Modern North American History ​
  • Research: I am interested in the political and social relationships of European colonial powers and indigenous peoples in North America. My research specifically seeks to further our understanding of the Iroquois' role and influence between the Empires of France and Great Britain. In the context of my dissertation I am currently looking at first contact situations between Native Americans and Europeans, more precisely the meeting between four Indian sachems and Queen Anne 1710 in London.
  • Dissertation Title: "Meetings of Kings and Queens – A Study of First Contact between Native American and European Authorities in London and Iroquoia" (working title)​

​Julianne Haefner

  • Started at CMU: 2016​ (Joint PhD program)
  • ​Fields: U.S. History (major), Modern Continental Europe (minor), Africa (minor)
  • Teaching Assistant Experience:
    • Spring 2019 - Quest for Liberty: U.S. to 1865
    • Fall 2017 - Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1700
    • Spring 2015 and Fall 2016 - Struggle for Equality from 1865 (U.S. History)
    • Fall 2014 - Western Civilization 1700 to Present 
  • Research Interests: Diplomatic history, Cold War, Global Cold War, Vietnam War, U.S.-African relations
  • Affiliations: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

​Katie Krawetzke

  • Fields: Ancient Mediterranean, Medieval Europe, Modern Middle East
  • Dissertation: Nature, Nurture, and Neoplatonists: Porphyry and the Place of Women in Late Antiquity

​Sean Scally

  • Research Interests: My research interests lie at the intersection of medicine and gender in the US and UK. Currently I am working on my PhD dissertation, which explores connections between masculinity and the development of eugenics in the UK and US during the early twentieth century. I am also interested in modern United States and European history, as well as the history of Medicine. 
  • Teaching Assistant Experience: 
    • Modern European History (Fall 2014)
    • US History to 1865 (Spring 2015, Fall 2017)
    • African American History, 1865 – Present (Spring 2018)
    • Western Civilisation, 1700 – Present (Fall 2018)
  • Awards:
    • Conference: IGHSC: Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, Time - CMU, April 2018
    • Award: CMU's Women and Gender Studies Program Award
      Paper Title: "Edgar Pomeroy's Blues: Progressive Era Masculinity and the Failure of Soccer in California, c. 1890 - 1910"

​David Papendorf​

  • Started at CMU: Fall 2014 (Joint PhD Program)​
  • ​Fields: Early Modern Europe (Major), Medieval Europe (Minor), Modern Europe (Minor)​
  • Research: I study primarily intellectual and ecclesiastical history in Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries.  Particularly, my research examines the early Reformation in France (1520s-1540s) and the connections between the French and German reformations during this period.  Previously, I have spent extensive time studying and writing about early modern news culture, using the French Wars of Religion as a case study to examine networks of Protestant sympathetic to other English and European evangelicals.  My dissertation will treat the failed career of the former Avignon Franciscan François Lambert and his connections with the German-speaking Reformation in the 1520s and 1530s.  Using his prolific theological writings, I intend to argue for his relevance as a touchpoint between reform movements in both kingdoms.  I have also extensively researched the nature of the Protestant Reformation across England and Europe.
  • Publications: 
    • Article: “England and the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre: a literary study”, The Huguenot Society Journal, vol. XXX: no. 5 (2017).
    • Historiographical Review: “New Perspectives: Catholic League, Huguenots, and Religious Minorities” in French History, Volume 32, Issue 2, 25 May 2018.
    • Book Review: Nicholas Must, Preaching a dual identity. Huguenot sermons and the shaping of confessional identity, 1629-1685 in The Journal for Ecclesiastical History, Volume 70, Issue 1, January 2019.
    • Book Review: Jean de Langeac, Letters and Papers, ed. Jan Pendergrass in The Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume 49, No. 2 (2018).
    • Book Review: Wolfgang Palaver, Dietmar Regensburger, Harriet Rudolph, eds., The European Wars of Religion: An Interdisciplinary Reassessment of Sources, Interpretations, and Methods in Reviews in History, no. 1966 (Summer 2016).
    • Book Review: Andrew Pettegree, The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself in Ex Historia 8 (2016).
    • Book Review: David van der Linden, Experiencing Exile: Huguenot Refugees in theDutch Republic, 1680-1700 in Reviews in History, no. 1830 (Summer 2015).
    • Teaching Experience:
      • HST 200: Medieval Civilization
      • Teaching Assistant Experience 
      • HST 101: Western Civilization Antiquity to 1700
      • HST 102: Western Civilization 1700 to Present 
      • HST 112: The Struggle for Equality from 1865 (US History)​
    • Research and Teaching Interests: Early Modern European History, Medieval European History, Modern European History, History of Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Present, The European Reformations, The Lutheran Tradition, The Reformed Tradition, Scholasticism and Medieval Education, History of Biblical Interpretation
    • Affiliations: 
      • American Historical Association
      • Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland
      • Institute of Historical Research: University of London​
      • Sixteenth Century Society
      • The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Chiara Ziletti

  • Started at CMU: Fall 2015
  • ​Fields: Early Modern Europe (Major), Modern Europe (Minor), Ancient Mediterranean (Minor)​
  • Research and Teaching Interests: Early modern Europe; Intellectual History, especially the history of the ideas of religious toleration from the beginning of the Reformation; Jacobus Acontius; History of the European integration, from the European Coal and Steel Community to the present of the European Union.