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History Showcase 2021


This year, the department again celebrates the achievements of history majors with this virtual exhibit showcasing undergraduate research and awards.

Showcase participants were nominated by department faculty based on the outstanding research students completed in history courses at all levels of the curriculum. Students have presented that research in the digital posters displayed below. Click on the poster titles to view these presentations in detail.

Poster Projects

Starla Chambrose

A History of Muscular Dystrophy: The Biosocial Nature of Disease

chart of disease diagnosis process

Tracing the history of muscular dystrophy to draw conclusions about how and what kinds of knowledge about MD are produced as biological fact.

Sydney Duncan

Chicano Art and Representations of the Female Identity

mural artwork

Female artists within the Chicano Movement used the medium of paint to reclaim Chicano Movement iconography and push back against the single-faceted representations of female sexuality in the works of male Chicano Movement artists.

Charlie Early

Women, Labor, and Masculinity in WPA Art, 1935–1943

illustration of exhausted woman sitting at sewing machine

In what ways was men’s working class labor idealized and iconized in the Works Progress Administration’s art, and why did women workers exist so far outside its margins?

Kilian Jones

The Rushed Creation of the US Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005

urban scene in Kabul, Afghanistan

On the U.S. military’s shift from counterterrorism to counterinsurgency, and the rushed creation of the “Five Pillars” strategy.

Ryan Nguyen

“‘You Mustn’t Consider the Economic Side’”: The American Newspaper Guild and Labor Solidarity

stack of newspapers

The battling ideologies of journalistic individuality versus traditional labor solidarity in the 1930s.

Olivia Wilkinson

How Drugs Influenced the Musical Landscape of the Early 1960s to the Early 1970s

album covers of 1970s music

Changes in popular music reflected the changing perceptions of drug use in America.