The History Majors’ Committee

The History Majors’ Committee (HMC), headed by the department’s Academic Intern, plays an important role in creating a community connecting students and faculty, which goes beyond the classroom. They have organized events such as our annual Pizza Party, Faculty/Student jeopardy, senior thesis presentations as well as conversations about positionality and methodology within History. Working closely with faculty supervisors, the HMC also publishes fall and spring issues of Gulliver, the departmental newsletter, along with annual volumes of the Vassar History Review featuring student research papers.

Committee Members

  • Katherine Bamberg
  • Celeste Brinkhuis
  • Natalie Buzzell
  • Aidan Chisamore
  • Anjali Gahlaut
  • Yael Gelman
    Yael (she/her) is a junior History major, with Creative Writing and Jewish Studies correlates! She is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team as well as Project Period and the Outings Club! Yael loves reading and writing, and her life goal is to one day publish a novel!
  • Benjamin Goth
  • Eli Hinerfeld
  • Willa Jewitt
  • Jaden Miller
  • Alexander Nowak
    Alexander Nowak is a sophomore History and Japanese double major. He is interested in just about everything, but has especially enjoyed courses on the effects of and resistance to imperialism around the world. Xander is from Arlington Heights, Illinois. He spends most of his time adding books to his goodreads, rather than actually reading them. He’s also on the Loeb Student Committee, and enjoys jogging with RunVassar.
  • Benjamin Savel
  • Sara Shepherd
  • Oliver Stewart
  • Jazmine Williams

Areas of Interest

Nation, Colony, Borderland, and Frontier

  • Colonialism, imperialism, post-colonialism, frontiers and conquests
  • Nation Building, Nationalism
  • Migration, Immigration, Frontiers, Borderlands
  • Cultural exchange

Gender, Race, Class, and Family

  • Women, gender, sexuality
  • Family, childhood, youth
  • Class and Social Rank, oligarchies, social reform
  • Race, Ethnicity, anti-semitism, race relations, genocide

Conflict, Resolution, Rights, and Revolution

  • War, militarization, conflict and society
  • Human Rights, Social Rights, citizenship
  • Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance Movements

Power, Politics, Labor, and Capital

  • Politics, Political Thought and Culture
  • Foreign Relations, diplomacy
  • Economic History, capitalist development, industrialization
  • Slavery, Bonded Labor

Ideas, Religion, Culture, and Education

  • Technology, Medicine and Science
  • Religion and Society
  • Intellectual History, Ideas, Education history and Literature
  • Cultural History

City, Region, Environment, and the Transnational

  • Environmental History
  • Urban History, cities
  • Transnational History
  • Transnational social movements

Memory, Survey, and Historical Method

  • Historical Method, Memory and Public Memory
  • Survey Course—No one or two dominant themes

Header image: Artist Unknown, Untitled [Four Women in Parade Attire Step Forward with Hands on Hips], 1946, Gelatin silver print, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, Photo credit: The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center