Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the History Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2024

Margaret De Fer, History (HIST) 2024, Rethinking Narrative Identity: Jewish Assimilation Through a Fictional Lens

Emmett Forster, History (HIST) 2024, Bordering on Divine: Mosaic Framing Elements in the Early Middle Ages

Scott Hudson, History (HIST) 2024, “50% Pornography, 50% Sentimental Dirt, 100% Poison”: Censoring the Films of Marlene Dietrich in Nazi Germany and the Irish Free State

Esme M. Krohn, History (HIST) 2024, The Shadow of Eugenics at the Faribault State Hospital, 1950-1969

Marjorie Mitalski, History (HIST) 2024, Melody and Morality: Rousseau's Music and Philosophy

Evan Orjala, History (HIST) 2024, Human Nature and Consumerism in a Mechanized World: Promoting Outdoor Recreation to Working Minnesotans, 1910-1929.

Nicholas Spezia-Shwiff, History (HIST) 2024, From Liberators to Conquerors: Luxuria, Geopolitics, and Roman Imperialism in the Greek World, 264–146 BC

Will Vonderlage, History (HIST) 2024, A Polarizing Push: How the 1968 Olympic Protest Efforts Further Fractured the Black Freedom Struggle

Alex Wilson, History (HIST) 2024, Those who “Rend Flesh with Wicked Teeth:” Werewolves, Outlawry, and the Natural World in 12th Century Anglo-Norman Literature

Submissions from 2023

Raine Bernhard, History (HIST) 2023, “By Virtue of a Bond”: Overseas Familial and Financial Connections between Loyalist Refugees and Americans after the Revolutionary War

John Daley, History (HIST) 2023, Block Communities Inc.: Less than helpful hands during the War on Poverty.

Nicolo Del Negro, History (HIST) 2023, “To Centralize, or not to Centralize–that is the Question:” Evaluating the Changes Proposed in the 1963 NYC Charter

Anika Jones, History (HIST) 2023, The 1921 March Action: Ongoing Negotiations Between Russian and German Communist Leadership and their Relation to Power in the Comintern

Katherine Kimball, History (HIST) 2023, Reflections in the Water: Placing Salt Lake Valley's Warm Springs in History

Liora Newman, History (HIST) 2023, "We Have No Intention of Creating Another Chicago:" A Tactical Comparison of the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention Protests and Mayday 1971

Sophia M. Quast, History (HIST) 2023, State-making and Abortion in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest

Hannah Rosenberg, History (HIST) 2023, Swing It On: Resistance, Respectability, and Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom

Zachary Sather, History (HIST) 2023, Visions of a Wisconsin State Prison: Statebuilding and the Rehabilitative Ideal, 1836 - 1852

Dane Swanser, History (HIST) 2023, “Dear Harry” : Love, leverage, and literary tradition told through the gay worlds of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana

Submissions from 2022

Seth Eislund, History (HIST) 2022, Ideological Syncretism in the 13th Handschar Division: Nazi Germany, Bosnian Muslims, and the Second World War

Elias Franzen, History (HIST) 2022, Pollution, Public Health, and Parks: Examining turn-of-the-century urban environmental thought along Alewife Brook (1870-1930)

Madeline R. Gartland, History (HIST) 2022, 'We Hold These Treasures as Trustees Only': Lucy Broadwood, the English 'Folk,' and the Profession of Song Collecting

Michael Green, History (HIST) 2022, Planks, Parks, and Profit: New York's Aricultural Decline and the Making of Modern Flatbush

Angel Hays, History (HIST) 2022, The History of Ajami Script: Redefining the Meaning of Literacy in Africa

Rachel Heilbronner, History (HIST) 2022, Powder to the People: Growth Management and Environmental Justice in Aspen, Colorado

Leah Johnson, History (HIST) 2022, Narrating the Nation: Constructions of Identity and Nationalism in Estonian Museums

Miyuki Mihira, History (HIST) 2022, Pluralizing History and Silence of Hibakusha: Operations of Stigmatized Identities and Memories of Nagasaki Buraku

Phoebe Pugh, History (HIST) 2022, Rights of Reason : Newspapers and Public Discourse on American Women’s Roles in a Post-Revolutionary World

Owen Schuster, History (HIST) 2022, Upholding Continuity and Rejecting Change: The Role of Church History in Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis

Lea Winston, History (HIST) 2022, Removing Madrid’s Equestrian Statue of Franco: A Study of Spanish Collective Memory and Amnesia

Submissions from 2021

Grace Brindle, History (HIST) 2021, Between Fascism and Democracy: The Allied Occupation of Sicily

Alex Chertoff, History (HIST) 2021, Occupation and Opportunity: Nice and its Jews during the Holocaust

Aaron L. Forman, History (HIST) 2021, Far Apart but Never Closer: Diasporic Unity in Twelfth-Century Jewish Travel Literature

Margaret Lachman, History (HIST) 2021, Medical Anxieties of the Raj: The British Investigation of Kala-Azar in Colonial India

Marcella Lees, History (HIST) 2021, Gerald of Wales and the Invention of Race in the Medieval Celtic Fringe: Gerald’s Irish, Welsh, and Angevin Depictions as They Relate to and Serve His Own Hybridity

Spencer S. Lekki, History (HIST) 2021, Violence and Materiality in the Irish Rising of 1641

Rebecca Margolis, History (HIST) 2021, Montana’s Indian Education for All Act: Indigenous Survivance in Education Policy

Pierce McDonnell, History (HIST) 2021, Daniel Thomas and the First Tennessee: Seeking National Unity During the Spanish-American War

Elizabeth Paulson, History (HIST) 2021, Russian Valkyries, Moscow Amazons, and Martyr-Heroines: Femininity and Terrorism in the Russian Radical Movement of the Nineteenth Century

Nathaniel E. Reid, History (HIST) 2021, Why They Built the Great Firewall

McLain Sidmore, History (HIST) 2021, Imagining the Last Frontier: The Creation and Adaptation of a Frontier Narrative at Alaska's Kennecott Mines, 1911-1938

Benjamin Wightman, History (HIST) 2021, A Paragon of Virtue: Conceptions of Imperial Authority in Fourteenth-Century Japan

Benjamin Wightman, History (HIST) 2021, The Effects of ‘Aṣabiyya and Ethnic Identity on the Politics of the Taifa Kingdoms

Carolyn Wood, History (HIST) 2021, Education in the Warsaw Ghetto: Preservation of Humanity, Jewish Identity, and a Better Future

Bill Yang, History (HIST) 2021, The Influence of Medical Professionalization on British Parliamentary Debate of Compulsory Vaccination, 1806-1861

Submissions from 2020

Halle Beshouri, History (HIST) 2020, Constructing Communism: Khrushchev's Housing Program and a New Communist Contract

Tyler Hruby, History (HIST) 2020, Global yet Local: Karatani Kōjin’s The Structure of World History as a Response to Japanese Socialist History

Russell Lack, History (HIST) 2020, Close to Home: Suburbanization, Residential Segregation, and Jewish-Black Relations in St. Louis Park and North Minneapolis, MN

Anna Lauriello, History (HIST) 2020, The Pox and the Strangling Angel: Anti-Vaccination in Philadelphia

Elise McIlhaney, History (HIST) 2020, Witches, Wells, and Demons: Popular Perspectives of the Scottish Witch-Hunt

Evelyn O'Neil, History (HIST) 2020, Deathworlds in Kenya

Joshua Small, History (HIST) 2020, Long-Distance Nationalism: Comparing the Success of Zionism and Pan-Africanism

Teddy Wolfe, History (HIST) 2020, The Yellow Fever Transition

Submissions from 2019

Yuta Baba, History (HIST) 2019, Redefining Nature: Makuzu Tadano and Her Bricolage of Thoughts

Ryan Baldwin, History (HIST) 2019, Constructing Coherence and Moralizing Change: The Cartographic Foundation of Bison Conservation and its Implications

Juliette Bobrow, History (HIST) 2019, Exhibiting Empire: London’s India Museum as a Contested Site of Imperial Display, 1875-1914

Elizabeth Budd, History (HIST) 2019, Re-Centering Agency: Hearing the Voices of the Poor in Late Nineteenth-Century London

Jen Chan, History (HIST) 2019, “The White Man’s Burden” in Liberating Enslaved Africans: Unspoken Paternalism & Rhetorical Humanitarianism in the Autonomous Decisions of Colonial Officials, 1833-1845

Andrew Hoyt, History (HIST) 2019, Tame and Untamed: Nature as Dichotomy in Two High Medieval Textual Traditions

Russell Li, History (HIST) 2019, Debating Ancient History in Early Italian Renaissance: Antiquarian Historiography, Morality, and Politics in the Scipio-Caesar Controversy

Ezra Sergent-Leventhal, History (HIST) 2019, "Neighborhood Schools" and "Willis Wagons" Ghettoization in Urban Space in 1960's Chicago

Submissions from 2018

Emma Ruth Duggan, History (HIST) 2018, Looted, Stolen, or Confiscated: The Histories in the Restitution of Nazi Art since the Washington Principles

Rachel Anna Harris, History (HIST) 2018, Preserving the Russian Identity: Environmentalism as a Platform for Literary Nationalism in the Village Prose Movement in the Soviet Union

Maureen Elaine Kalkowski-Farrand, History (HIST) 2018, Common Law Marriage and Society

Leo Willian Martin, History (HIST) 2018, A Problem for Solution: Opposing Destalinization and Hoxha's interpretation of Communism 1953-1962.

Julia Zieve Miller, History (HIST) 2018, "Simplicity for the Sake of Equality": Reform German-Jewish Death Practices in 19th Century Boston

Avery Laurel Naughton, History (HIST) 2018, Conservation Portrayed in Black and White: The Smithsonian's National Zoo's Representation and Use of the Giant Panda as a Symbol

Lydia Duchatellier Norris Symchych, History (HIST) 2018, Irradiated Bodies: Hibakusha & Radiation Stigma in Post-War Japan from 1945 to the 1980s

Submissions from 2017

Elizabeth Rose Durling, History (HIST) 2017, Setting the Boundaries of Sodomy Narratives of the Male Prostitute in the German Gay Rights Movement (1927-1932)

Elizabeth Devin Smith, History (HIST) 2017, Patient People, American Nurses' Battle with Tuberculosis, Gender Dynamics, and Professionalization in Early 20th Century Minnesota

Submissions from 2016

William Fritz, History (HIST) 2016, Castles as Control

Justin Grossman, History (HIST) 2016, The Prioritization of National Security and Local Distrust of Military Institutions in the case of Nomans Land Island, Massachusetts

Michael Andrew Heflin, History (HIST) 2016, The Real Eastern Front: A Grassroots View to the Wehrmacht Experience

Nora Anderson Katz, History (HIST) 2016, Mapping Norumbega: Aesthetics of Barren and Bountiful Landscapes in Samuel de Champlain's New France, 1607-1632

Julia Barritt Lisi, History (HIST) 2016, Wearing the Robes: Gender Performance, Religion, and Power

Joseph Deierhoi Lowry, History (HIST) 2017, King William II of Sicily, Muslim King? Ibn Jubayr and his Conflicted Attitudes toward Christians

Madison Lee McBride, History (HIST) 2016, "The Circle is Complete': Adoptive Heritage Tourism as a Structure in the International Adoption Complex

Grace McNeely, History (HIST) 2016, Bleeding Beyond the Frame: Understanding the Relationship Between Biblical Battle and Kingship in the Thirteenth-Century Morgan Picture Bible (MS M.638)

Lindsey Kay Walters, History (HIST) 2016, Confronting the History of Slavery: Seeking Retrospective Justice at Harvard and Brown

Lindsey Catherine Weber, History (HIST) 2016, Magic, Midwives, and the Grapevine: Negotiating Women's Healthcare in 18th-Century Colonial Mexico

Submissions from 2015

Rebecca Ryan Giles, History (HIST) 2015, Rogue Runaways and Wanton Women: Conceptualizing Colonial American Advertisements as Sites of Patriarchal Dominance

Kaylin Catherine Land, History (HIST) 2015, Soviet Motherhood in the Gulag, Lived and Remembered

Leslie Steltz Moore, History (HIST) 2015, Illustrating Women's Roles in the Civil War: An Analysis of Popular Illustrated Magazines' Female Propaganda and Its Impact on Northern Middle-Class Women

Jay Shen, History (HIST) 2015, Shades of Gray: An Examination of Joan Morgan's Hip Hop Feminism and Black Female Rappers' Connections with It

Robert Sanford Yeagle, History (HIST) 2015, Guiding Light: How the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Changed the History of Electricity in the United States

Submissions from 2014

Marina Kathryn Herrera-Heintz, History (HIST) 2014, Stanley Baldwin's Cabinet and the Abdication of Edward VIII

Jonathan Geoffrey Kagan-Kans, History (HIST) 2014, THE ‘GOOD’ NAZI: SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski and the Role of Morality in the Holocaust

Ellen Jaret McKinstry, History (HIST) 2014, Depictions of Discord: Contemporary Images of Historical Memory in the Sectarian Murals of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sameera Nalla, History (HIST) 2014, Family Planning in India: The Fundamental Disconnect Between the Elite and the Poor

Emma Farmer Rapperport, History (HIST) 2014, Keeping the Link to the Land: Liberty Hyde Bailey, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and the Transition from the Pioneer Era into Industrial Modernity

Indigo Vesper Scott, History (HIST) 2014, Of Mountains and Men: Oxygen, Risk, and Authenticity on Everest

Submissions from 2013

Nora Kathleen Cassidy, History (HIST) 2013, The Front Page Farm Workers: The Relationship Between the United Farm Workers and the Print Media During the Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970

Andrew Alan Chael, History (HIST) 2013, Sitting at the Feet of the Ancients : Gerbert of Auillac's Search for Meaning in the Classical World

Yonas Tensae Hailu, History (HIST) 2013, Charles Haddon Spurgeon: The Formation of a Preacher in 19th Century England

Charles Michael Rosenthal, History (HIST) 2013, Black and White Cultural Heritages in the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammad, 1934-1975

Tony Johnston Stoeri, History (HIST) 2013, Make Him See That We Are French! Napoleonic French Soldiers and the Construction of National Identity

Stuart John Urback, History (HIST) 2013, A Playful Evolution: The Transformation of Game Theory* in the United States from the 1970s through the 2000s

Submissions from 2012

Nicholas Jordan Bellos, History (HIST) 2012, Crowded Cars, Contested Turf: Race-Making and the Everyday on Chicago Public Transit During World War II

Raphael Bennett Coburn, History (HIST) 2012, Grr... Les Bochs: Restoring the Youth Voice in Occupied France (1940-1944)

Lee Hannah Conrads, History (HIST) 2012, Quakers Don't Use Exclamation Marks: The Construction of Propriety in 18th Century Quaker Spiritual Autobiography