Harvard History Senior Thesis Conference


Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Repeats every day until Fri Nov 03 2017


Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Harvard History Senior Thesis Conference
The History Department’s Senior Thesis Conference showcases the projects our senior thesis writers are working on this year, with topics ranging from the Classical Western Mediterranean to NGOs' Strategies for Defending Journalists against Violence in Colombia



November 2–3, 2017

*** DAY 1: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 *** 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Panel 1: Global Histories of Political Economies                                                                            Lower Library

Chair: Prof. Fredrik Logevall


Theo Serlin:               Poverty and Un-British MPs: Transnational Politics and Economic Thought in Britain and India, 18851936

Gilbert Highet:          When Philosophers Become Princes: Henry Kissinger's Dual Crises of 1974



*** DAY 1: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 *** 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Panel 2: Policing and Law in Modern United States History                                                        Lower Library

Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Hinton


Nick Barber:             ‘The Court's Gotta Eat’: Louisiana's Public Defenders and the Rise of Mass Incarceration from Gideon to Katrina, 19632006

August Stover:           Integration, Carcerality, and Resistance: The Development of School Policing in 1970s Boston

Blake Paterson:         Out of the Closet, into the Voting Booth: Gay Protest and Politics in Houston, 19751985

Helen Cummings:      The Gang Truce between the Los Angeles Crips and Bloods, 1992


3:00 – 4:00 PM

Panel 3: Histories of Extremes                                                                                       Basement Seminar Room

Chair: Dr. Brett Flehinger


Hannah Wexner:      “Fire and Brimstone and Hydrogen Bombs: Narratives of the Apocalyptic in the Civil Rights Era”

Henry Scott:               “Global Warming as Political Impasse: The Limits of Data, Visuality and Rational Discourse in the Twenty-First-Century U.S. Public Sphere”




*** DAY 2: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 *** 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Panel 4: Learning, Education, and Access                                                                                     Lower Library

Chair: Prof. Jane Kamensky


Theodore Delwiche:  In silvis Academia surgit: Latin Learning in Seventeenth-Century New England

Rebecca Brooks:        The Federalist Papers and their Intellectual Influences: The Making of American Constitutional Discourse and  Method

Gemma Collins:         ‘Aid the Downtrodden Sex!’: College Access and Suffrage Activity at Radcliffe College

Alicia Hamilton:        Black Child Matters: A Historical Analysis of June Jordan's Books for Black Kids in a White World, 19691972


Panel 5: Media, Memory, and Representation                                                             Basement Seminar Room

Chair: Prof. Charles Maier


Sophie Kissinger:       ‘Denizens of the Underworld’: The American Press and the War on Drugs, 19712001

Ignacio Sabate:           Protecting the Press: NGOs' Strategies for Defending Journalists against Violence in Colombia, 19822000

Raya Koreh:              Holocaust Collective Memory and American Jewish-Israeli Relations, 19601976

Matthew DeShaw:    The Fluid City: Power and Memory in the Classical Western Mediterranean

*** DAY 2: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 *** 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Panel 6: Expertise and Science in the Twentieth Century                                                             Lower Library

Chair: Dr. Shaun Nichols


Sarah Angell:             The Woman He Loved: Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Americanization of the Global Fight against Economic Inequality in the 1960s

Ikenna Ugboaja:       The Astronomers’ Revolt: Project West Ford and the Polarization of the American Scientific  Community, 19581964

Gal Koplewitz:          In Gut We Trust: Economic Authority and Antitrust in the U.S., 19001914

Matthew Crowley:    U.S. Economic Crisis in Context of the Global Economy: Analyzing the Creation of the Federal Reserve and U.S. Central Banking, 18901930


3:00 – 4:30 PM


Panel 7: Forging Modern Communities                                                                       Basement Seminar Room

Chair: Prof. James Kloppenberg


Colleen McGovern: Drink, Space and Nation: Nineteenth-Century Public Houses and Republican Political Movements in Ireland

Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld: Uptown, Downtown, and In-Between: The Fusion of Wealth and Learning in the Forging of a New Jewish American Identity in Early Twentieth-Century New York

Madeline Lear:          To Suffer for the Love of God: Discipline and Spirituality in the Life of a Catholic Sister in Oregon, 18691973




All participants, advisers, and moderators are invited to enjoy lunch on Friday from noon–1:00 PM in the Robinson Hall Great Space.

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