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History major, Daniel McDonough, Class of 2020, has received a Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) for the 2019 summer.  His research will focus on the Irish in Philadelphia, specifically, “Narratives of Identity: Heritage in Upper Class Irish Philadelphia at the Turn of the 19th Century.”

He will be working with the Villanova Special Collections, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Archives of the Arch-Diocese of Philadelphia. He will conduct research in parish records in traditionally Irish neighborhoods including St. Colman, St. Patrick, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He will also be investigating the Special Collections and Philadelphia archives. Congratulations and happy hunting, Dan!

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History major, Victoria Dee, Class of 2020, will be busy this summer. She was offered the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Grant, a Curatorial Internship at the Morven Museum and Gardens, and a Summer Internship with the Jefferson Papers at Princeton University Library. Victoria ultimately accepted the offers from the Morven Museum and Garden and the Jefferson Papers. Way to go, Victoria!!


Current Undergraduate History majors Danielle Fusaro, Erin Keaveny, and Jubilee Marshall, were awarded Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2018, for projects that they developed in Dr. Whitney Martinko’s junior seminar.

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!

Villanova History and Art History Students Present at Bloomsburg University

Eight Villanovans participated at the Phi Alpha Theta Pennsylvania East Regional conference at Bloomsburg University in April, 2018. Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honors society, and the annual conference provides history and art history students with an opportunity to present their own research and to hear what their peers at neighboring institutions are working on.

The Villanova students who presented papers included Matthew Albertson ('Cries in the Wilderness: Quaker Slavery and Abolition, 1688-1780'), Clara Candalor ('Anarchy, Revolution, and Bolshevism: the Evolution of the Russian Revolution According to American and British Newspapers, 1881-1918'), David DeLand ('Class, Stigma, and Survival: the Potato in Industrial Revolution London'), Abigail Gagis ('NOT a Hopeless Cause'), John Haffey ('A Matter Between Friends': Makarios, Eisenhower, and the Cyprus Question'), Alexander Kersten ('War and Peace: a Historiography of the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 and the Culture Surrounding It'), Re' Kleinbard (Matilda Jones: Seeking Freedom Amidst Strife and a Slave Family Separated in Virginia'), Doug MacGillivray ('Life After Little Round Top: What Happened to the 20th Maine Volunteer Regiment?').

Additionally, another of our students, Nina Friel, won a best paper prize for her work ('Mary Kingsley: Society, Gender, and the Spirit of Adventure').

Congratulations to all of our students!


Graduate Student Christina Virok was 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!

History Major Kathleen Boyce won the 2017 St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award for her paper:  “America’s ‘Youth’ go to Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Racial Divide in American Society.”

Katie was also selected as a Falvey Scholar for 2017 for the same project. 

On April 1, 2017 a group of our History majors presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta East Regional Conference at Rowan University. Villanova students won two of the four prizes awarded by the judges. The winners were:

Erin Mysogoland for: “Innocent Criminals and Convict Leasing: How Southern Industrialists Exploited the Black Body.”

Kathleen Boyce for: “America’s ‘Youth’ go to Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Racial Divide in American Society.”

Congrats, Katie and Erin!

Graduate students Blake McGready, Madison Bastress, and Jessica Talarico were featured in an article titled ­How Living In Philadelphia Inspires Three History-Lovers to Pursue Their Master of Arts In History on
Click here to read the full article.


History student Dan Center won the best paper prize at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at West Chester University! His paper is titled, "Out in the Streets and Out on the Battlefield: Pennsylvania Quakers and their involvement in the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777." This paper was part of Dan's senior seminar paper. Dr. Craig Bailey, who supervised Dan, deserves great credit for his ability to bring the best out in his students. Way to go Dan, way to go Dr. Bailey!

2016 Junior Research Seminar Presentations

On Friday, Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m., History majors enrolled in Dr. Paul Rosier's Fall 2016 Junior Research Seminar summarized their research and discussed their website in Falvey Memorial Library to help launch "Music in Twentieth Century American History," Falvey’s latest Digital Scholarship project. In the class students examined the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of music in 20th Century American history, analyzing a variety of musical topics from the origins of jazz to the emergence of the Hip-Hop Nation and Rap, in particular at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.  

To see the students' research, please visit