Senior Projects

History majors at Plattsburgh cap their studies by writing a significant piece of historical scholarship. Students are assigned to work with faculty mentors in designing and carrying out this intensive research project. Registration for the Senior Project (HIS 485/486/490) requires departmental approval, and students must submit a formal project proposal. Proposal materials are available in the History Department Office.

A sampling of senior projects from recent semesters:

Spring 2016

  • Andrew Alan Brown, “Genocide Long Before the Cherokee Trail of Tears”
  • Marcus Hanson, “John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Experiment”
  • Zach Rose, “Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties”
  • John Combs, “Un-mastered Pasts: The Nanking Controversy”
  • Shaheed Sellers, “The Tuskegee Airmen: The Struggle for Equality”
  • Aaron Dupell, “Firestorm: The Allied Bombing of Germany”
  • Thor Murphy, “The Evolution if the Americans Hero in WW2 Combat Films”
  • Steven Stroup, “The ‘Forgotten War’ in Pictures”
  • Jenna Monroe, “The Story of Women of Chiapas and the Rise of Indigenous Feminism”

Fall 2015

  • Matt Podraza, “Operation Ajax: A Continuation of Colonial Policy in a Cold War Context”
  • Willam Thew, “The Antebellum Debate over Slavery: Christian Interpretations”
  • Lisa Perry, “The 1920s Revival of the Ku Klux Klan: A Teacher’s Resource Guide”
  • Kyle Streeter, “Residential Schools” A Canadian Genocide”
  • Connor Wimett, “Aisles of Cruelty: The Rise of Juvenile Solitary Confinement”
  • Ben Reagan, “Economic, Strategic, and Rhetorical Justifications for U.S. Hegemony in Cuba”
  • Dan Martin, “MEdieval Lepers: Saints or Sinners”
  • Matt Speirs, “Accidental Statehood: The Kurds in Iraq”  

Spring 2015

  • Joseph Leddy, “Canada to the Rescue: The Missing Piece of the Argo Story”
  • Daniel Stimpfle, “American Folk Music, Chilean Solidarity, and Human Rights”
  • Tyne Gove, “The Passing of Madison Grant: Conservationism, Eugenics, and Immigration Policy in the Twentieth-Century
  • Christian Lyons, “Silencing Shanghai: Containing ‘Turmoil’ During China’s 1989 Democracy Movement”
  • Daniel Pavlak, “Operation Frisky: A Fictional Recounting of Operation Dingo, 1977”
  • Alicia Sanstone, “A Reasonable and Beautiful Dress: The Dress Reform Movement after Seneca Falls”
  • Edward Prufer, “Collective Memory on the National Mall: A Comparison of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National WW II Memorial”
  • Garrett Smith, “The Social and Historical Significance of the Military-Industrial Complex”
  • Michael Amendoeira, “Stalin’s Regime and its Role in the Everyday Lives of Soviet Citizens”

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Gary Kroll, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 323
Phone: (518) 564-2738
Fax: (518) 564-2212