Historical Studies Alumni news

Dewen Zhang,  ’02 M.A. Historical Studies, Chinese history. Ph.D. at SUNY/Stony Brook, Chinese history. Her dissertation explored the precarious relationship between Chinese women and World War II, 1937-45 (known in China as the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance). Just got a tenure track Assistant Prof. position teaching Chinese and Asian history at Randolph Macon in Ashland, VA.

Larry DeWitt, ’04 MA Historical Studies, currently a Ph.D student in Public Policy (Historical Track) at UMBC, is the co-author with Edward D. Berkowitz of a new book, The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy (Cornell University Press, 2013).

Beth Tapscott, ’06 MA Historical Studies, defended her Ph.D thesis ‘Propaganda and Persuasion in the Early Scottish Reformation, c.1527-1557’ at the University of St. Andrews, UK, in 2013.  Beth taught Dr. Froide’s History 470: Tudor and Stuart England in Fall 2013, at UMBC and will teach a course on the History of Christianity and the second half of Western Civ in Spring 2014.

Joe Tropea ’06 History B.A. and ’08 MA Historical Studies, has made a documentary that he is currently screening around the country.   “Hit & Stay” tells the story of nine Catholic activists who protested the Vietnam War by burning draft files in Catonsville on May 17, 1968.  http://umbcinsights.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/joe-tropea-06-history-b-a-and-08-historical-studies-m-a-in-the-baltimore-brew/

Yiqing Chen, ’08 Historical Studies, Chinese history. Worked at US-China Exchange agencies in DC for a couple of years, now has her own company offering Chinese language/Education on China/Consulting for government agencies and businesses in Los Angeles, California.

Teresa Foster, ’09 GWST and History BA, ’11 M.A. Historical Studies, and currently a LLC/History Ph.D. candidate, won a 2013-2014 Wing Graduate Fellowship from the Maryland Historical Society to carry out research for her thesis work on female convicts in the Chesapeake.

Allison J. Seyler, ’10 BA History and French, ’12, MA Historical Studies, Public History track, is working as a Research Archivist at the Maryland State Archives with the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland team. In this position she conducts research on the lives of slaves and slaveowners in Maryland, bringing to light their relationships and often revealing slaves’ paths towards freedom.

Courtney Hobson, MA ’14, has published an exhibit review in The Public Historian: A Journal of Public History 35, 3 (August 2013), 122-126.  Courtney’s review of Sotterley Plantation!

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