Current M.A.Students

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Baerga, Lisa R.  (M.A. History, Europe)

Academic background:  Computer Information Systems, A.S. - Hudson Valley Community College; Information Studies, B.A. (minor History - European), and Information Science, MS - University at Albany.

Research interests: Social and imperial impacts from late-19th to mid-20th century, especially both world wars and the interwar period.

Bennett, Carolyn
(dual programs, M.A. History and M.S. Information Science)

 Internship: Archival Assistant at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY

Awards: Benevolent Association Graduate Research Award for "Subject to Availability: A History of Alkaline Paper Production" (2014); Anna Radkowski-Lee Graduate Assistantship (University Libraries 2013-2014)

Works at: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council & Capital District Library Resources Council and at the M.E. Grenander Special Collections.

Research interests: 20th century history, New York State history, archival science, information organization

Butler, Shannon 
(M.A. History, concentration Public History)

Academic background: A.A. History - Ulster County Community College; B.A. History – SUNY New Paltz

Internships: Wilderstein Historic Site, Institute of Constitutional Studies

Work: Park Ranger at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site, Hyde Park NY

Publications: "Far From Dull, it's a Sharpe Sword! 
 Gen. George H. Sharpe and the Artifacts He Left Behind,” in Military Collector & Historian (Summer 2011), the quarterly journal of The Company of Military Historians

Research interests: The Roosevelts, Colonial America, New York history, military history, architectural history

Chaiken, Rafael (M.A. History, concentration United States History)

A.B. from Brown University in European history.

Editorial Assistant at SUNY Press.

Cogar, Kyle J.  
(M.A. History, concentration International, Global, and Comparative History)

Research interests: 20th century diplomacy during Cold War, Imperial Russian history, Eastern European history post WWII, U.S. and Russian relations, Islamic history with a focus on the Balkans.

Danley, Christina (M.A. History, concentration History & Media)

Audio documentaries about Herkimer crystal mining, local musical organizations, Schenectady neighborhoods

Internship with the Historic Albany Foundation’s plaque program

Research interests: include local history, historic preservation, the Progressive era, and anything having to do with music.

Dreyer, Laurie 
(dual programs, M.A. History and M.S. Information Science)

Academic background:  BA International Relations, UC Davis 

Research interests: Primary source access and interpretation; organization of information; cartographic history; environmental history. 

Englese,  Bianca B.
(M.A. History, United States)

Academic background: Anthropology B.A. (minor History), and M.A. Anthropology – University at Albany.

Research interests: American Civil War, disease occurrences during wartime, post war impacts of emancipation and reunification, 20th century civil rights movement.  

Garceau, Anastasia
(M.A. History, concentration Public History)

Academic background: Anthropology B.A.

Internships: Archaeological Field School at Pethick Site in Schoharie County; New York State Museum Research and Collections

Research interests: New York State prehistory and history

Glass, Donald (M.A. History)

Academic background: A.A.S Social Science from Ulster County Community College. B.A. History from Marist College, M.S., Elementary Education from Mt. Saint Mary College.

Research Interest: European History with an emphasis on Italian Renaissance 14th century through the 16th century

Himmelfarb, Ben (dual programs, M.A. History and M.S. Information Science)

Internships: Outreach Intern with Partners for Albany Stories, Digitization Intern with the Capital District Library Council, and Archives Intern for the City of Rensselaer. 

Research interests: public history, African-American history, civil rights/social justice, digital libraries.

Holzer, Justin
(M.A. History, concentration Public History)

Internships: Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh, Cultural Resource Management at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.

Research interests: American history, historical agencies, and historic preservation.

Hunt, Sienna (M.A., Social Studies)

Works at Green Tech High Charter School as a special education teacher and a social studies content specialist.

Research interests: modern German history and social studies education.

 Presenting at NYSEH conference October 2014 on “Remembering Die Wende: Examining the Role of Nostalgia in Wolfgang Becker’s ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’”

Miller, Paul A.
(M.A. History, concentration History & Media)

Academic background:  English, B.A. - Roosevelt University

Related experience: Director, Digital Media – University at Albany.

Professional background in broadcast and cable television as a producer, director, and editor.

Research interests:  documentary production, photojournalism, news media

Mumpton, Ian
(M.A. History, concentration Public History)

Academic background: History B.A. from SUNY Oswego

Internships: Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Higgins Armory Museum

Research interests: public history and historical interpretation, martial culture and historical martial arts, colonial American history, material culture, and European medieval studies.

Murphy, Brian (M.A. History, Geographic concentration)

Academic background: History B.A., concentration in the Middle East, High Point University, NC

Research interests: Cultural impact of Scandinavian Raiders, early to late Medieval religious thought, Roman/Byzantine culture and regional impact, and rise of Islamic power 

Newson, Kristine (M.A. History, concentration Gender Studies)

Academic background: History B.A. US History concentration from University at Albany, SUNY

Research interests include the emergence of the Feminist movement, varying perspectives of the Civil Rights movement, and public history

Santosuosso, Jack P.  (M.A. History, intended)

Academic background: B.A. History, University at Albany

Research interests: History and media, public history 

Sullivan, Evan (M.A.History, concentration, Modern Europe)

Internships: New York State Military Museum, U.S. House of Representatives.

Research interests: Germany, Norway, war and society, military and social history.