The History, Politics & Global Studies Department offers many exciting opportunities for students to engage in high-impact student learning experiences by working with their professors in student/faculty research projects. Students can receive course credit and hone their skills in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting primary historical documents and secondary works, and presenting their findings at prestigious regional and national academic conferences.
Some recent projects
With the generous financial assistance of an Arnold Grant in Experiential Education, Dr. Michael Schroeder and six LVC students conducted research in the first half of 2015 in two major repositories. This research was related to Dr. Schroeder's project on the Sandino rebellion in Nicaragua (www.SandinoRebellion.com). On the first trip, student researchers Nikki Wilhelm '15, Katie Yost '15, and Olivia Edwards '16, worked with Dr. Schroeder for three days in early January at the Marine Corps Research Center in Quantico, Virginia, sifting through and digitizing select personal papers and photographs of U.S. Marines who served in Nicaragua in the 1920s and 1930s.
In March 2015, student researchers Morgan Yealy '17, Erin Eckerd '16 and Becky Sausser '16, worked with Dr. Schroeder for two days in the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C., researching select correspondence and military reports that shed new light on the period of U.S. intervention in Nicaragua in the interwar years. "Getting my hands dirty in the archives was totally awesome," remarked Sausser after her return. "Just handling all those old documents was something I'll never forget." All of the students agreed that this experience advanced their historical understanding. "I have a much better sense of how historians actually work," said Yealy.
LVC students Marie Gorman '16 and Kayla Zimmerman '16, along with Dr. Chris Dolan, presented a paper in Spring 2015 entitled "Human Suffering and the Broad Human Security Concept: Theoretical Assumptions and Applications to Iraq," at the New York State Political Science Association meeting at SUNY Plattsburgh.
In Spring 2014, Courtney Escudero '14 and Dr. Chris Dolan co-wrote a paper entitled "Soft Power and Cultural Exchange," which they presented at the International Studies Association meeting in Toronto, Canada.
In the 2012-13 academic year, Dr. Diane Johnson worked with Haisam Hassanein '14 on a project on the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt. Using sources in English and Arabic, their jointly-produced research paper traced the history of the Copts from their origins to the present, and analyzed the evolution in the relationship between Copts and Muslims. Haisam presented their paper to the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy at St. Francis University in March 2013. The paper demonstrated that today’s conflicts are rooted mainly in 20th-century political changes, rather than religious differences. It also showed that it is important for scholars to consider the cultural norms of a society from within, in order to fully understand developments in that society.
In Fall 2013, Dr. Chris Dolan and two LVC students co-authored papers that they gave at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting in Philadelphia. Dr. Dolan and Erin Eckerd '16 presented "U.S.-Russia Relations since the End of the Cold War," and Dr. Dolan and Genevieve Hugenbruch '15 presented "The Global Politics of Legitimate Action and Critical International Relations Theory."
In the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, Dr. Michael Schroeder worked with more than a dozen students under the auspices of an Arnold Grant in Experiential Education on his digital historical archive project on the Sandino rebellion in Nicaragua in the 1920s and 1930s. Students undertook a wide range of research tasks, including transcribing and translating primary documents, building interactive digital maps, and taking several research trips to the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. Pictured at right after a long but exhilarating day working in the archives are (left to right) LVC student researchers Giovanna Ortiz '16, Katheryn O'Hara '15, and Erica Laufer '15, with Dr. Schroeder.
In Fall 2012, Dr. Chris Dolan and four LVC students presented their collaborative research at the International Studies Association-Northeast meeting in Baltimore. Genevieve Hugenbruch '15 and Susanna Chehata '12 and Dr. Dolan presented "Internet Political Activism in the Arab Spring," and Ashley Ferrari '14, Katheryn O'Hara '15 and Dr. Dolan presented "Gender, Feminism, and Political Advocacy."
In the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Johnson, also working under the auspices of an Arnold Experiential Grant, and in collaboration with Spanish-language faculty members Dr. Gabriela McEvoy and Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, conducted research with students on questions related to the mass media in contemporary Latin America. The group helped transcribe original interview data collected by Dr. Johnson in South America in spring 2011. The grant also paid for students to attend the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) annual conference in Washington D.C. in March 2012 to present the findings of their research. Student researchers were Colleen Delaney '12, Jesús Sandoval '12, and Luisa Pérez '12.
In the 2010-11 academic year, Dr. John Hinshaw worked with students on three separate projects. The first was with Luisa Pérez '12, Ronnie Acosta '11, and Jennifer Cronin '11, who conducted a survey of 200 Lebanon High School students, researching students’ attitudes towards teachers, education, crime, and stereotypes. One fruit of their labors was a well-received editorial in the local newspaper, the Lebanon Daily News. The second was a project with Cassandra Edwards '11 on a project titled "Fathers and Sons," which examined the frequency with which men and women held infants or children over the last 30,000 years of art history. The project won an award at the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. The third was a project with Charles McElwee '11, who engaged in collaborative research with Dr. Hinshaw on the ethnic history of Hazelton, Pennsylvania. Charles used his work on this topic to write an honors thesis, and his hands-on research experiences helped him to land a great job at Quantum Communications, a political communications company in Harrisburg PA.
In Fall 2010, Chris Krause '11 presented a paper that he co-wrote with LVC student Sean Wilson '11 and Dr. Diane Johnson at the Northeast Political Science Association meeting in Boston. The paper was entitled "How Anxiety Affects Nationalism: An Assessment Using Terror Management Theory."
Please contact any of the department’s faculty members for more information about possibilities for student/faculty research projects.