This seminar meets throughout the year under the supervision of a department faculty member and offers students a small-seminar format for learning about historical research and writing, as well as for sharing and critiquing their own work. By the end of the year, each student will, in conjunction with this seminar, produce a thesis based on original research.

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Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2022

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Franco’s Failed War of Legitimacy: Constructing the Historical Memory of the Spanish Civil War in Education., Cameron Cupp

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Composing An Identity: How Musicians and Scholars of the Mid-Twentieth Century Utilized the Sevdalinka to Establish a Modern Bosniak Identity, Aida Hrustić

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Battlefield Women: How Nurses, Soldiers, and Spies Challenged Gender Roles during the American Civil War, Kaitlyn Thomas

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2021

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America’s Greatest Statesman: Henry Clay in the American Memory, Emmet P. Golden

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The Fabric of Labor: A Study of Labor History Through the Upstate New York Textile Industry, 1950 – 1968, Anthony Parillo

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Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Drone Warfare and the Expansion of American Executive Authority (2001-2020), Joseph Pignataro

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The Terrifying Convergence: A Legacy of the U.S Far-Right’s Leaderless Resistance in the Twentieth Century, Ryan Szpicek

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2020

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Reenivisioning War Through Children’s Eyes: Northern and Southern Literature in Post-Civil War America, Hannah Cast

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“No Popery! No French Laws!”: Anti-Catholicism during the American Revolution, Nicholas Dorthe

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The Agrarian Gentleman: Elkanah Watson and the Birth of the Agricultural Society in Early National New England, John Ginder

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles Malik: Titans of Peace and Architects of Post-WWII International Cooperation, Ankeith Prince Illiparambil

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Imperial Evolution: Walter Lippmann and the Liberal Roots of American Hegemony, Lukas Moller

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The Era of the ERA: Defining Liberal and Conservative Equality through the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment in New York, Chloe Ross

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“Learned from Black Friends”: The Asian-American Struggle for Housing and Equal Employment in New York City, 1969 – 1974, Shouyue Zhang

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2019

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United States v. Dennett:The Battle for Sex Education in the Early 1900s, Hannah Breda

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The Invention of Frederick the Great, Matheson Curry

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What Goes Up Must Go Down: Denunciations in the Great Terror, Cassidy Griffin

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A Good Education for All? Desegregation and Educational Reform in Albany’s Schools, Joshua Levine

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Nuclear Families for the Nuclear Age: Disney's Part in Creating Gender Roles in the 1950s, Carlee T. Litt

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Liberalism and the Lessons of Weimar Arnold Brecht, Hans Speier, and Mid-Century America, Alexander McKenna

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Roger Bacon: The Christian, the Alchemist, the Enigma, Victoria Tobes

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2018

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Isaac Wise and the path to American Jewish Unity through American Nationalism, Ryan Fox

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When the World Seemed New: UE Local 301 and the Decline of the American Labor Movement, Jacob Houser

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Reframing the Republic: Images and Art in Post-Revolutionary America, Lauren Lyons

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Road to Ruin: Elias Boudinot and the Internal Conquest of the Cherokee Nation, Sarah Scott

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Lawyers, the Public, and the Origins of America’s Culture Wars, Haley Cook

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The Ideal of Liberation: Women in Sri Lanka’s Civil War, Akeela Makshood

Islam as a Liberating Force for Muslim Slaves on the Georgia Sea Islands, Raiber (Salah) Muhiddin

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Authority's Last Stand: Mainline Protestants, Catholics, and Albany’s Tumultuous Sixties, Calley Quinn

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Women’s Liberation, Family, and the Fight for Daycare at the University at Albany, Sheri Sarnoff

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Tangled Subjectivities: An Examination of the Japanese Subject from 1868-1912, Haylee Shepard

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Decimation, Rejuvenation, Motivation: How Disease and Murder Set the Stage at Saratoga, Nicolas Soto

Undergraduate Honors Theses from 2014

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Constituting a Revolution: Gouverneur Morris, John Quincy Adams, and the French Revolution’s Imprint on American Identity, Tyler Norton

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The Rise of Totalitarianism in Germany, As Seen in Albany Editorials: 1933-1941, Jamie Rose Brinkman

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$1,000: The Price of Life and Honor in the 1834 North Carolina Supreme Court Case, State v. Will, Bria Cunningham

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Oprah Winfrey v. Texas Cattlemen, Food Libel Laws in the United States and the Constitutionality of the Texas False Disparagement of Perishable Food Products Act, Kathleen Mullins

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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A Situation for Revolt: A Study of the Situationist International’s Influence on French Students During the Revolt of 1968, Ryan Gallagher

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An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser’s Fight against Intellectual Censorship and Early Hollywood, Brittany Jolles

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“You Must Fight to Win”: The Media, State Department and Vietnam 1967-1968, Jeffrey H.S. Knaack

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Assessing "Founder's Chic": An Examination of Recent Studies of Benjamin Franklin for Insights into the Resurgence of the Founders in American Historiography, David Zahn