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Annual Best Seminar Papers

The Annual Best Senior Seminar Paper Prize Contenders 2019-2020

The History Department has long had our graduating seniors write an extensive work of original research within the Seminars that are the capstone of the liberal arts degree. After years of being impressed with the hard work and effective histories produced by our students, we began offering a Best Senior Seminar Prize that asks the faculty who taught the Seminars to nominate the best papers and a committee of other faculty to read through all the nominees and determine the winner. 

This year, we were once again impressed by the range of topics, our students' strong research and writing skills, and their creative approaches to the their subjects. We hope you enjoy the top senior seminar papers from history majors in the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to our winner, and to all of the nominees!

Madison Haydon - Best Paper Winner
"My Body, My Choice: Abortion Rights and the Influence of the Catholic Church in Postcommunist Poland"

Erin Freeman - Paper
"Harlem’s Negro God” and “White Girls”: Stereotypes and Interracial Intrigue in Father Divine’s Struggle with his Orthodox Adversaries"

Catherine Incledon - Paper
"No Pint-Sized Prejudice: A Study of Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Catholic Sentiment in Relation to Restrictive Alcohol Legislation in Orange County, New York"

Skyler Jones - Paper
"The Push and Pull of Power: Organized Sports in Industrialized Britain"

Edward Moran - Paper
"The Path to Revolutionary Violence within the Weather Underground and Provisional IRA"

 


 

The Annual Best Senior Seminar Paper Prize Contenders 2018-2019

The History Department has long had our graduating seniors write an extensive work of original research within the Seminars that are the capstone of the liberal arts degree. After years of being impressed with the hard work and effective histories produced by our students, we began offering a Best Senior Seminar Prize that required the faculty who taught the Seminars to nominate the best papers and a committee of other faculty to read through all the nominees and determine the winner.

Introduction from the Chair - Best Paper Contenders 2018-2019

Conor O'Riordan - best paper winner
“Arminius the Turbulator: Depicting Germanness and Combating Foreigners in German Collective Memory"

Nikki Donofrio - paper
"A Re-evaluation on Racism: How a Strong U.S. Tradition of Anti-Mexican Sentiment was Responsible for the 1930s Mexican Repatriation Crisis"

Jessica Minieri - paper
"Anne Stuart Reexamined: Reconsidering Female Rule in the 'Long' Seventeeth Century, 1558-1714"

Jade Mitchell - paper
"Chairman Mao's Morning Sunlight: Children in the Cultural Revolution"

 


 

The Annual Best Senior Seminar Paper Prize Contenders 2017-2018

The History Department has long had our graduating seniors write an extensive work of original research within the Seminars that are the capstone of the liberal arts degree. After years of being impressed with the hard work and effective histories produced by our students, we began offering a Best Senior Seminar Prize that required the faculty who taught the Seminars to nominate the best papers and a committee of other faculty to read through all the nominees and determine the winner.

Introduction from the Chair - Best Paper Contenders 2017-2018

Dan Hulseapple - best paper winner
“Structure, Ideology, Traditions: Defining the Akkadian State"

Marissa Alperin - paper
"Constructing Jewish Bodies in Germany through Physical Culture and Racial Pseudo-Science"

Scout Mercer - paper
"Far Too Radical, Then and Now: An Examination of Women’s Body Autonomy Through
the Work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Margaret Sanger"

Julia Morini - paper
"Gendered Artistry and Inequitable Fame in 19th Century America:
The Legacies of Julia McEntee Dillon and Jervis McEntee"

Jessica Sommerfeldt - paper
"Who’s Afraid of Gerald Ford? How a Forgotten Presidency Taught a Wounded Nation How to Forgive"