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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:

485 participantsFall 2017

  • Nick Devivo, “When Ideas Get Nominated: Political Idealism at the 1944 and 1968 Democratic Conventions”
  • Eric Powers, “When the Grand Old Party was Young”
  • Matthew Hoth, "Selling Themselves: Advertisers’ Path to Professionalism”
  • Eun Young Shin, “Remembering Ahn Jung-geun: A Korean National Hero”
  • John Stoddard, “Reagan’s Rollback: Understanding why President Ronald Reagan Poked the Bear”
  • Lafayette Dawkins III, “Selling the Home Front in WW!!”
  • Ashley Griffin, “Bras don’t Burn Themselves: The Miss America Protest and the Women’s Liberation Movement”

Spring 2017

  • Nathan Emery, “The Constitution as a Zombie: Is it ‘Living’ or ‘Dead’ or Both?”
  • Shayla Boyd, “Remembering HumorL 9/11 in Political Cartoons”
  • Mikayla Ploof, “Clash fo Classes: An Adirondack Tale”
  • Katharine Reilly, “Teaching the Civil rights Movement: The Second Revolution”
  • Gordon Witt, “The Military Display of AANZAC Day”
  • Timothy Gordon, “Victor Jara and the Power of Political Song Lyrics”
  • Jake Saronka, “German Jeerusalem: Explaining Anabaptist Muenster 1534-1535”

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”

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
Email: [email protected]