Where Are They Now? - Becca Capobianco


Becca Capobianco

I transferred to Villanova as an undergraduate student in the fall of my junior year.  Prior to attending Villanova, I had planned to continue to law school, but my time in upper level history seminars changed that significantly my senior year.  Rather than apply to law school, I applied to Villanova's M.A. program because I was familiar with the faculty of the department, enjoyed their classes, and saw many opportunities for further experience in the flexibility of the program.  During my time in the M.A. program I concentrated in both 19th century United States History and Public History and worked as a graduate assistant.  As someone with a deep interest in bridging the gap between "academic" history and "public" history, Villanova was a perfect fit not only because the program allowed me to pursue both ends, but also because the faculty were incredibly supportive of such a pursuit.  I found at Villanova that my professors were my biggest supporters and took every available opportunity to open more doors to new experiences. Along with a handful of other graduate students, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the creation of the Memorable Days Website - an online resource accessible to students and historians at all levels.  This was by far one of the most rewarding experiences of my graduate career, allowing us to share the project with our peers at national conferences as well as students in classrooms around the Philadelphia area.  Currently I am working with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to create a web-based curriculum for school students, a project for which I was particularly equipped thanks to my time at Villanova.

Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  ...read more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.