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Graduate Students Headed to PhD Programs

Karyna Hlyvynska (MA ‘18) was admitted with full funding to the PhD Program in History at the University of Georgia.

Brandon Kinney (MA ‘18) has been admitted to the PhD program at Temple University.

James Esposito (MA ‘15) was admitted with full funding in the PhD Program in History at Ohio State University.

Guy Sechrist (MA ‘16) is working on his doctorate at Cambridge University under Simon Schaffer, one of the leading social historians of early-modern science, with a topic on the economic history of commerce and science in England, 1643-1830.

Ken Wohl (MA ‘16) has been admitted to the PhD program at SUNY Stony Brook.



Graduate Student Andrew Zetts Shares Lesson Plan on Debating the Civil Rights Act of 1875

Graduate student and high school teacher Andrew Zetts shares the work he did on Debating the Civil Rights Act of 1875, while at his internship this past summer. He explains how important it is for HS history teachers not to rush through Reconstruction at the beginning of the semester. He helpfully explains his use of two critical documents and how to use them in the classroom. Click here to hear the podcast. Want to read the lesson plan? Click here!


Graduate Student Chris Byrd Leads Workshop at Historical Society of Pennsylvania

On March 9, graduate student Chris Byrd, along with Graduate Program Diirector Dr. Judith Giesberg, led a workshop at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania about their project “Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery. More than 100 people attended the workshop, which explored the digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.

This digital resource offers researchers a new tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War. It allows easy access to digitized “Information Wanted” advertisements placed in newspapers by former slaves and United States Colored Troops searching for family members lost by sale, flight, or enlistment.  

The Graduate Program in History is partnering with Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia on the project. 

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Villanova Graduate Students Featured in Article

Graduate students Blake McGready, Madison Bastress, and Jessica Talarico were recently featured in an article entitled ­How Living In Philadelphia Inspires Three History-Lovers to Pursue Their Master of Arts In History on

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History Graduate Students Discuss Project, "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery" featured graduate students Chris Byrd and Maggie Strolle in the article entitled Families torn apart by slavery sought lost loved ones in newly archived ads. Click here to read the full article and hear how Dr. Judith Giesberg and her students are creating this digital archive.

Dr. Judith Giesberg, along with Margaret Jerrido, archivist at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, will offer a workshop on researching the data on March 9 at 1 PM at  the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 


Dr. Giesberg featured on CBS Evening News

On April 18, Dr. Judith Giesberg was featured on CBS Evening news where she spoke about her Information Wanted Project! Click here to watch the segment


History Graduate Student Awarded the 2017 H. Dabbs Woodfin Research Internship

Christina Virok has been awarded the 2017 H. Dabbs Woodfin Research Internship at the Newlin Grist Mill site in Delaware County. In this internship she will be researching the 1742 Trimble house on the mill property. Congrats, Christina!


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