Capstone: Senior Seminar

Senior Seminar is a capstone experience aimed at drawing on insights from the student’s previous courses and applying those insights to the production of a polished and sophisticated independent research project and presentation.

Sample Syllabus for Capstone: Senior Seminar (PDF)—HIST 4999

Amaris Garber, “The World Beyond the Page: A Comparison between Chilean Women and the Magazine Paula, 1973”

Livie Manuel, “Female Agency and Societal Expectations within Marriage in Their Own Words: An Analysis of Personal Accounts from Late Nineteenth-Century Imperial Russia”

Katelin Mathis, “The Differences in Effects of Policies Regarding Reproductive Rights Amongst Different Identities in Missouri”

Caitlin Mueller, “Missing out on Moscow: The Impact of the American Boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games”

Aaron Renaud, “Turnpikes, Canals, and Railroads: A Reflection of America’s Ambitions”

Hannah Senay, “The English in Wales: Water, Coal, and the Geography of Memory”

Gillian Stiles, “Irish Immigration to America”

Dominic Vitale, “Class Conflict during Fourteenth Century Byzantium”

Gus Warren, “The Congress for Cultural Freedom and the ‘Boom’: Cold War Tactics in Latin American Literature”

Richard Ables, “French Influence on Early Modern Germany Jurisprudence Concerning the Jews”

Elias Burrough, “The Cherokee and the Conflict Within”

Devin Chau, “Gender at the Fair: How the Human Exhibits at the 1904 World’s Fair Interacted with Early 20th Century Understandings of Gender”

Emma Christensen, “The Agricultural Adjustment Act and Adair County”

Mika Craig, “What Do Novels Add to the Study of the Chiapas Rebellion?” 

Amanda Denno, “The Societal, Architectural, and Monarchical Changes During the Hundred Years’ War in England and France”

Adam Groh, “Newspapers in the Gilded Age”

Eric Leimer, “Changing Lands: Euro Americans and the Louisiana Purchase”

Sydney Luther, “Examining the United States and Native American Federal Relations Through Treaties and Court Cases Between 1778–1883”

Lauren McCollum, “Who is to Blame for the Homestead Strike? An Analysis of the Letters Between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick”

Franklin Morris, “Creationist Anti-Communism: How the First Red Scare Changed the 1920s Debate on Darwinism”                 

Deegan Rodriguez, “The Anglo-German Naval Arms Race”

Josh Rohlfing, “Residential and School Integration: The Effects of Busing in Saint Louis”

Luke Stock, “The Jesuit Relations’ Role in the French Colonization of North America”

Carolyn Wehmeyer, “The T4 Program and Sterilization: Disabilities During the Holocaust and its Impact on Disability Studies”

Christina Woelk, “German Rhinelanders Attitudes Post-World War I”

Gabe Andersson, “New Sweden: A Lesser-Known Colony of a Short-Lived Great Power”

Dallas Bernhoester, “The Golden Age of Foreign Correspondents: How Journalist Shaped the Legacy of the Spanish Civil War in the Minds and Hearts of Americans”

Taylor Bittle, “Waves of Feminism: An Obsolete Metaphor in Current Feminist History”

Syrus Duffy, “‘Unsung and Unpraised’: Black Femininity and the Path to Liberation”

Jared Hagemeier, “Pervitin and Other WW2 Super-Soldier Drugs and Their Role in Reconstruction”

Jillian Kolbe, “‘Of Price and Men’: The Roles that Sex Workers Played in Shaping Electoral Politics in the US, from Reconstruction to Pre-World War I”

Alexandra Miller, “‘The Making of Useful Citizens’: Social Engineering in Kansas City Parks, 1893–1923”

Bennett Nowotny, “The Neozapatista Revolution: Comparing Ideology and Practice”

Nick Pruett, “Harry Laughlin and John B. Trevor: Immigration and Eugenics”

Lauren Reed, “‘Glimpses of Vistas Far Beyond’: The Bureau of Indian Affairs and World’s Fairs as ‘Civilizing Tools,’ 1893–1904”

Wyatt Schmidt, “Fair Weather Friends: Russia and the United States on the Northwest Coast (1790–1825 AD)”

Jennifer Steele, “A Dangerous Drug: The Racialization of United States Cannabis Prohibition, 1910–1940”

Andrew Teuscher, “The Great Patriotic War in Leningrad: Disguising Tragedy as Triumph”

Zachary Townsend, “The Attitudes and Motivations of Abolitionist Attitudes in St. Louis, 1830–1870”

Serena Venezia, “Popular Racism: Viewing American Culture Through the Lens of Doc Savage (1900–1934)”

Clayton Watts, “Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day: An Analysis of Roman Cultural Remnants in Western Europe (c. 400-700 AD)”

Madeline Wright, “‘All We Ask is to be Left Alone’: The State of Jefferson and Inter-State Secession”

Juleighanne Adams, “Heavy Lies A Heart That Wears a Crown: The Love Life of Marie Antoinette”

Peyton Beasley, “The Exclusion of the Comfort Women Issue in the Tokyo Trials”

Tucker Broadbooks, “Dead in Name, but not in Spirit: Western Perceptions of Soviet Politics in the Early Post-Stalin Era”

Karis Chapman, “Determination, Authority, and Modernization: Female Physicians and Societal Transformation in Late Imperial Russia”

Shane Gallagher, “The Truth about Irish Religion From 1830 to 1930 in Adair County”

Max Grasser, “Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union: A Continuation of Imperial Policy”

Sarah Kimbrough, “The Influence of Women in Eugenic Field Work”

Ryan Kottmann, “The Fight Against Housing Segregation in Three Midwest Cities: What Worked, What Did Not, and Why?”

Joe Mattivi, “The Socialist Effect on Woodrow Wilson”

Dalaney Plott, “Healing Through Nursing: Vera Brittain’s Nursing Years as a Coping Mechanism for Personal Loss and Trauma”

Hannah Pohl, “The Nobility of Sacrifice: The Fracture of Gender Roles in England During World War One”

Claire Reinert, “‘Bought and Sold For English Gold’: An Analysis of Union Opposition in Scotland”

Garrett Ryan, “Silver Foxes: The Significance of Gray Hair and Masculinity in the Middle Ages”

Andrew Stewart, “State Sponsored Buddhism and the Honji-Suijaku Theory: Equal Parts in Shaping Japan’s Religious Climate”

Adam Vonarx, “Brutality and Cruelty of the Mongolian Empire”

Emily Walters, “A City in Ashes: The 1812 Burning of Moscow During Napoleon’s Russia Campaign”

Will Wood, “Far from the Final Frontier: An Examination of Female Portrayals from Counter-Cultural Directors”

Katharine N. Davis, “Jazz and Journalism in the Early-Twentieth Century: Comparing Black and White Newspapers”

Sean Joseph Eberle, “Finding Lost Voices”

Zach Gaines, “Outlaw Baseball: Challenges to White Hegemony through America’s Game”

Isaac Gottman, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States and Multicultural Education: Cultural Preservation, Democracy, and the Global Perspective”

Rose Huggins, “Bleeding Kansas”

Kyle Hume, “JFK: Sex, Drugs, and Addison’s Disease”

MaryClare Stoker, “Analyzing Segregation: The Lincoln School in Kirksville, MO”

Matt Wever, “The Plague of Ansab: Contagion v Divinity”

Nick Allison, “Presidential Involvement in Labor Disputes and Taft-Hartley”

Angela Caldwell, “An Afterthought: The Communist Party of the United States of America’s Stance on Race Equality For African Americans”

Christina Davis, “New Russia? The Power Shift in Russia 1989–2000”

Xavier Diaz, “Controlling The Narrative: How Andrew Jackson Won The American Presidency”

Max Evans, “Wilson the Not-so-idealist?: A Look at the American Influence on the Dissolution of Austria-Hungary”

Jared Favero, “A Face Only the Motherland Couldn’t Love: Veteran Struggles in the Soviet Union”

Lance Hickman, “The Truceless War: A New Interpretation”

Joseph Hite, “Hardened Resolve: The Role of the Soviet Prison System in Growing the Underground Church”

Kasey Hohlt, “Hildegard of Bingen’s Fight for Women on the Social Hierarchy: A New Perspective”

Heather Kopp, “Collective Security or Colonialism: The Formulation of the United Nations”

Katie Litschgi, “A Complicated Relationship: Amish and Mennonite Engagement and Perceptions during WWII”

Daniel Livingstone,  “An Evaluation of Mexican Liberalism following Santa Anna”

Luna Lowery: “San Patricios as a Case Study of America’s Response to Mass Immigration”

Anne Morgan, “Tropical Pathologies, Neo-Lamarckism, and the Early Twentieth Century Campaigns Against Hookworm”

Levi Pollreisz, “Pinochet and Chile: A Case Study on Non-European Fascism”

Cassandra Schimpf, “What’s Wrong With Being a Queen: The Role of Legitimacy and Gender in Debates of 16th Century Tudor Queenship”

Ben Smythe, “All the King’s Men: Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan, Ulysses S. Grant, and the War to Save the Union”

Andrew john Snider, “The Triangle of Diplomatic Distrust: Mexico, The United States, and Germany, 1910-1917”

Curt Wichmer, “Between Sexual Repression and Heresy: Bigamy’s Role in the Spanish Inquisition”

Jade Dobbs, “Maximilian I of Mexico’s Perspectives of the Mexicans”

Ross Edelstein, “‘Contrary to Justice, Humanity, and Policy’: The Slave Trade as an Instrument of British Power, 1803–20”

Riley Finney, “The New York Times during the Early Stages of the Great Depression”

Will Jackson, “US Hostage Policy”

Ginny Jones, “The Connection Between the Contagious Diseases Acts and the Women’s Suffrage Movement”

Tiffany Lawson, ‘The DAR and the First Red Scare”

Drew Miller, “Sam Houston: A Man of Principle or a Barbarian Senator”

Chester Pelsang, “William Henry Seward: The Political Operative”

Houston Roberts, “Birth of a Klavern: The Rise of the St. Joseph Ku Klux Klan from 1921-1925”

Ben Rosenblatt, “Was the Republic of Rome a Democracy? Plebeian Secession and Popular Pressure”

Chloe Shoulders, “Ecuador and the Foreign Policy of the United States: Subversion in the Early Cold War Era”

Tyler Steinman. “Building The Netherlands Through Slave Trade”

Morgan Tripamer, “Thomas Jefferson Reconsidered: Influencer of Southern Sectionalism”

Kemper Virtue, “Horace Mann’s Women in Education”

Amanda Barringhaus, “Lincoln and Race”

William Brazeal, “Richard I; King of England: Leadership of the Lionheart”

Austin Dovin, “Charles Haddon Spurgeon and the Down Grade”

Jordan Dunn, “The Legal Obligations of the Russian Peasantry Before and After Emancipation”

Lauren Hogan, “Divergent Paths: American Intervention and Outcomes in Cuba and Afghanistan”

Zoe Honeck, “The Crusader for the Boer Republic: Emily Hobhouse and Her Motivation for the Intervention of the British Concentration Camps”

Lena Leuci, “The Women Airforce Service Pilots in the First Person: Reconceptualizing the Woman Pilot Identity, World War II to Present”

Kiersten Michel, “Sherman’s March to the Sea: Was it Really All That Crucial?”

Lucas Payne, “What About the Children: The Formation of the Satanic Panic”

Rebecca Neihouse, “Humble and Kind?: An Analysis of the Beliefs of Massachusetts Educators on my Moral Education in Common Schools”

Elizabeth Robinson,

Dakota Schutter, “Native American Veterans Return to America”

Shane Strode, “The St. Louis Irish Catholic Community of the 1890s and Its Responses to American Identity”

Dan Stupp-Ratican, “Hank Thompson and the Baseball Hall of Fame”

Ben Wallis, “The Moving Contradiction: The Status of Marxism in the Black Panther Party”

Jordan Webber, “Betty Ford After the White House: The Personal is Public”

Peter Chauvin,

Anthony LaMarche, “Communism in the Heartland: A Study of Nineveh and Bethel as Christian Communes, 1844–1880”

Haley Livingston,

Frank Mateoni, “Dividing Houses: The Rise of Fire-Eaters and Abolitionists”

Joey Parisi, “Laying the Groundwork for the Movement: Civil Rights During the Truman Years”

Matt Schultz,

Elliott Woll, “Alexander the Mortal God: Political and Cultural Synthesis Through Deification”

Samantha Barnhart: “First Wave Feminism and the Eugenics Movement: A History of Conflict and Cooperation”

Quentin Bishop: “What If Pearl Harbor Never Happened”

Mason Bracken: “Braudel and Marxism: A Comparative Analysis”

Conor Browne: “Depictions of Native Americans in Regional Newspapers in the Early 1830s”

Ceile Cassidy: “An Unpredictable Necessity: Reproductive Control in the Early 20th Century”

Cheyenne Detjen: “Disunity, Disconnect, and Distance: Building the 1904 World’s Fair”

Melanie Dippold: “Women’s Perspectives of Religion on the American Frontier”

Dustin Dyer: “The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill and Its Impact on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s”

Stephanie Ferguson: “From Jim Crow to the Moon: How the Space Age Influenced the Civil Rights Movement”

Christian Flanery: “Ukrainian Nationalism and the Greek Catholic Church”

Alex Garber: “The Lord Protector: A Government of Questionable Legitimacy”

Alec Graham: “The Creek Nation: Transformation and Division”

Maggie Mortensen: “The Lost Girls: Women in the Face of China’s Reeducation Movement”

Frank Mott: “G.I. JO: An Evaluation of the Training and Performance of U.S. Army Junior Officers in Vietnam”

Annie Nickrent: “All that Glitters: Opposition to the Conservation Movement and the Hetchy Valley Controversy”

Travis Rolstead: “The Relations of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Islamic Spain: How Political Instability Led to Continuous Conflict, Both Inside and Outside Religious and Ethnic Groups”

Alex Banks, “Reflections of the Martyr King of England, Charles I”

Gabby Beckemeier, “Wonder Woman: Superhero Equality”

Katie Boesch, “We Shall Overcome: Black Lives Matter Through the Lens of the Civil Rights Movement”

Jared Fadiga,”The Chivalry of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin”

Justin Gipple, “Eisenhower’s Cultural Diplomacy”

Heidi Glickert, “Catharine Beecher and Progressivism in American Women’s Education”

Adam Hall, “The Ohio State Negro: How the American Media Portrayed Jesse Owens”

Allie Jovanovic, “Analyzing Eugenics and Class via The Eugenics Review

Allie Kelsey, “Women and the British Eugenics Movement”

Katie Kerkemeyer, “The Development and Destruction of the Guatemalan Capitalist Movement, 1944–54”

Austin Kerns, “East German Contract Workers: From Friend to Foe”

Zach Lepperd, “Quaker Involvement in Grant’s Peace Policy”

Mason Matzker, “A Historiography of Sitting Bull and How the United States Shaped It”

Joe Paglisotti, “Why States Changed the Method of Appointing Presidential Electors in Early America”

Rachel Pozzo, “The Influence of the Civil War on Frederick Douglass’s Abolition Arguments”

Nicholas Ramm, “School Segregation in Omaha, Nebraska”

Kodey Springate, “Motives of a Civil War Soldier”

Geoffrey Winkleman, “Perceptions of the Antebellum United States in German Emigration Literature”

Thomas J. Barrow, “When the War Does not End: The Development of Care for PTSD”

Emma J. Burton, “Self-Portrait of a Dynasty: How the Habsburgs Regarded their Monarchy”

Kayleen M. Green, “Teaching the Civil War: A Critical Examination of High School Textbooks Used between 1880–1980”

Cole C. Haugen, “The Menace v. the Knights of Columbus: American Anti-Catholicism before WWI”

Danielle M. Kronmiller, “Uniting a Kingdom: Union Between England and Scotland”

Patrick B. McGlasson, “Ancient Ballads in the New World: A Cultural Study of the Scotch-Irish, Their Migration, and Their Music”

Andrew Milhous, “Theatre of Oppression: Theatre in Nazi Germany”

Thomas J. Phinney, “The Judson Conversion: Changing the Tide of Baptist Missions in the mid-1800s”

Jonathan M. Rembold, “The Domestic Soldier: World War II and the Experiences of Soldiers on the Homefront”

Corey Schmidt, “Finite or Unbounded? How the ‘Scientific Revolution’ has Changed”

Kelsey E. Smugala, “Deception Declassified: CIA Intelligence Efforts in Cuba”

Derrick J. Stone, “The Dahlgren Affair: Authentic Terror Plot or Overwrought Misunderstanding?”

Edward C. Theobald, “A Club or a Nation? Confederate Usages of the Founding of America to Justify Secession”

Denise M. Thoreson, “The Effects of the Writings of the Early Church Fathers on Expressions of Sexuality in the Medieval Period”

Devon Torrence, “Czech Women Under the Soviet System”

Kyle Arthaud, “Finding Quantrill: Searching for the Guerilla Fighter’s Fit into the Lost Cause”

Toni Estrada, “From Hated to High Art: The Rise of Abstract Expressionism in America”

Amanda Chua, “Just Your Average Ali: A Case Study of the Use of Social Media for Political Campaigning by Najib Razak”

Kathryn Spicer, “For the Love of God: Personal Devotion and the Western Rebellion of 1549”

Lauren Grote, “Visions of Hispanidad: Defining Spanishness from the Generation of ‘98 to Francoism”

Sophie Krautmann, “Victory Gardens of the World Wars”

Mason Martel, “Trial by Fire: How the Russo-Japanese War Influenced World War I Military Tactics”

Rebecca Meyer, “Through the Projector: The Effect of  American Politics on Arab Stereotypes in Film”

Julie L. Davis, “‘Most Young Kings Get Their Heads Cut Off”: A Look into the Life of Jean-Michel Basquiat”

Noah C. Edwards, “The Dance of the Forty-One and the Stonewall Riots: Watersheds of Queer History in Mexico and the United States”

Paige A. Fowler, “Changing Minds: America’s View of Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the Sixties and Seventies”

Michael J. Gambach, “Salmon P. Chase: Forgotten Founder of the Republican Party”

Jay A. Godsy, “The Influence of Dean Acheson on Americas Entry into WWII, Korea, and Vietnam”

Kristin L. Grossman, “The Great Chicago Chasm: The South Side’s Journey from Stockyards to Capone”

John T. Harker, “Aldrich Hazen Ames: The Most Detrimental Spy in the History of the CIA”

Kristin J. Haynes, “A Gender Analysis of the Rule of Elizabeth I of England”

Molly J. Hendricks, “John Adams: His Retrospective Views on Classical Republicanism in the American Republic”

Justin T. Hoelker, “The Warsaw Pact: What Was Its Purpose?”

Arionne N. Lloyd, “Nefertiti: More Than a Beautiful Face”

Patrick M. Lynch, “The Soviet-American Connection: The Relationship Between the Communist Party of the USA and the Soviet Union Prior to World War II”

Caitlin L. McGrath, “The Witchcraze in Seventeenth-Century England: A Gender Analysis of the Witch Trials in the County of Essex, 1645”

Dimonique McGruder, “Malcolm X: The ‘Bad Guy’?”

Veronica A. McKinney, “Anti-Prohibitionettes: Women Against Prohibition and Fighting for Reform”

Brittany G. Nanney, “The Curator as Historian: The Relationship between History and Practices within a Historical Museum”

Caitlin M. O’Leary, “Exiles of Erin: The Effects of Irish Immigration into St. Louis in the Nineteenth Century”

Matthew R. Sander, “The Rise, Evolution, and Ultimate Failure of Eugenics: Motives Behind the Eugenics Movement in America”

Joshua M. Sanders, “Operation Condor: Public Problems with Covert Solutions”

The papers from Marc Becker’s spring 2011 course have been published in a print-on-demand book. See

Dan Bader, “Beecher-Stowe/Liberia”

Christopher Barker, “The Perpetuation of Cultural Boundaries: Ecuadorian Ethnic Identity in Spain”

Erin Blankers, “1810 Court Case and Indian Policy”

Emily Cain, “Truman and Israel”

Thomas Chung, “Kennedy’s Decision: How Kennedy Avoided War during the Cuban Missile Crisis”

Andrew Chandler, “The Media’s Influence on Modern Warfare: A Study on Journalism’s Effects on Waging War”

Jacob Frazier, “Louis D. Brandeis and The Infamous Brief”

Dan Hammond, “History of the Commerce Clause”

Rachel Hinrichs, “Italian Food and Ethnic Identity in the U.S.”

Eric Hudson, “‘The Horror…The Horror’: The Reinterpretation of Vietnam through the Sights and Sounds of Hollywood”

Janée Johnson, “Struggle for Power or a Fight against Anti-Religion: Catholics vs. Freemasons

David Lackie, “The Lincoln Administration and Civil Liberties in the Union during the American Civil War”

Laura Lusk, “The Great Awakening and African Americans in Southern England”


Alice Malone, “Religion and Repression: An exploration of Ethiopian Ethno-religious Groups and the Derg from 1974 to 1991”

Lindsey Marolt, “Women, the Ladies’ Association (during the American Revolution), and the Continental Army”

Michael C. Miller, “WWI Trench Suffering and Stalemate: Dangers and Hardships of Trench Warfare on the Western Front”

McKenna Peters, “Tuberculosis and Native Americans, 1900-1929”

Matthew Rigdon, “The Misuse of Napoleonic Tactics in the American Civil War and the World Wars”

Ann Rosentreter, “Learning from Local History: An Examination of the Ku Klux Klan in Kirksville, Missouri”

Carolyn Saville, “European Resistance Movements in World War II and Their Role: Were They a Help or a Hindrance to the Allies?”

Daniel Sheffner, “In Defense of the South: An Analysis of the Southern Mindset Following the Civil War as Found in the Rhetoric Contained within The Southern Review and DeBow’s Review

Mike Sowatzke, “Virginian Ratification of the Constitution”

Robert Voyles, “‘Falling Through the Gateway’: Integrating the New Saint Louis History, or a Lesson in Cliometrics and the Unknown Benefits of Urban Sprawl”

Meghan Woolbright, “US Policy and Sterilization of Indian Women in the 20th Century”

The papers from Marc Becker’s fall 2008 section of Senior Seminar have been published in a print-on-demand book. See

Mallori Allen, “From Tipplers to Teetotalers: The Elitist Sentiment of the Temperance Transformation from Moderation to Total Abstinence” (2009)

Nathan Bader, “‘And we won’t come back till its over Over There’: The Men of Kirksville and the Unique American Experience in WWI” (2009)

Mary Pat Behrens, “Children’s Literature in Victorian England: New Ideas for Changing Times” (2009)

Emily Bevington, “Does Mother Know Best?” (2008)

Amanda Carroll, “Non-Roman Peoples in the Roman Army from the Republic to the Empire” (2008)

Sean Cahn, “Poking His Big Stick into Foreign Fires: The Importance of Theodore Roosevelt’s Involvement in the Russo-Japanese Conflict” (2009)

Nicholas Cipponeri, “The International Monetary Fund and Russia: How an Economic Collapse Occurs” (2009)

Andrea Cosgrove, “A Red Head’s Red Scare” (2008)

Jacob Cushing, “Education, Morality and the Gracchi: An Analysis of Education and the Role It Played in the Collapse of Rome’s Republic” (2008)

Samuel Cummins, “The Whore of Babylon and Its Pimp: Pope Gregory XVI and the American Nativist Movement”

Sylwia Dabrowska,” Make Policy, Not Coffee: Why Women Are Lacking Within The American Political System” (2008)

Steven D’Antonio, “Reassessing Medical History: Hellenistic Medicine’s Effect on the Evolution of Medicine”

Danielle Demarest, “The Victorian Paradox: A Look at the Duality in Victorian Culture” (2008)

Kara Drury, “Truman’s Political Role Model: Tom Pendergast’s Influence on the President”

Kara Fillman, “Passionately Pure Love: The Purposeful Encouragement of Homosocial Relationships Between Women in Victorian America”

Jessica Gittemeier, “Sex and the Individual: Women in the Seventies and Cosmopolitan Magazine”

Matthew Harber, “The African National Congress and South Africa: How They Sought to Bring Economic Growth to the Masses”

Shane Hasbrouck, “They Only Needed a COIN: How the United State Adapted in Operation Iraqi Freedom” (2009)

Wistar White Holt Jr., “Recording Degeneration and Diversity: Harry Laughlin, the Eugenics Record Office, and Census Amendments” (2009)

Bradley Horner, “Operation Dixie and The CIO News” (2009)

Kyle Horst, “Gallery Space: Contemporary Judeo-Christian Art in the Museum” (2009)

Tracey Hurt, “The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: The Decision to Invade” (2009)

Peter Johnson, “Happy Days Are Here Again: The Story of Prohibition in St. Louis” (2008)

Tony Kroeger, “Institutionalized Failure: The Rise of Determinate Sentencing”

Keely Lamka, “The Effectiveness of Programs for GLBT Students at Truman State University (2008)

Peter McCall, “Freedmen Neglect: An Examination of the Cherokee and U.S. Attitudes Towards Freedmen from the 1830s through 1866” (2009)

Julie Meyer, “The Conflict Behind the Crisis: The Role of Arab-Jewish Tensions in the Suez Crisis of 1956”

Nadia Mozaffar, “Prosecuting Prostitutes and Trying Timarchus: Representations of Greek Sexual Workers in Judicial Oratory”

Matthew Mueller, “Saint or Sinner: Public Opinion of Abraham Lincoln” (2009)

Cassie Mundt, “Circuit Chautauqua: Providing Rural America with a Liberal Education” (2008)

Jeff Naylor, “The Narodniki / Students into Terrorists / A Transformation” (2008)

Patrick O’Donnell, “Debow’s Review: From the Kansas-Nebraska Act to the Civil War” (2009)

Ashley Otting, “Curriculum Changes in Nazi Germany: A Tiered System for a National Socialist Youth” (2009)

Katherine Palazzolo, “A National Scottish Tongue: The Effect of Devolution on the Scots Language as Seen in Articles from The Herald and The Scotsman, 1997–2000”(2009)

Leah Peters, “Once Upon a Time: A Study of the Reflection of Feminism in Six Walt Disney Films” (2009)

Lauren Pey, “Definitions of Loyalty: German-Americans and Their Detractors During the First World War” (2008)

Joey Risch, “The Espionage Act – Silencing America During World War I” (2008)

Andy Rudolph, “Fighting the Catholic Menace: Why Anti-Catholicism Flourished in the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s” (2009)

Kyle Ruiz, “The Motivating Songs of the Civil Rights” (2008)

Danie Schallom, “Dancing Through Life: Katherine Dunham’s History And Her Impact On Society” (2008)

Catherine Sonnichsen, “World War II Aviation: The Impact on People, Industry, and the War” (2009)

Bradley Speak, “William the Lion-Hearted and the American Crusade: A Look at the American Imperialistic Age” (2009)

Alicia Stewart,“Cook Tractor Company” (2008)

Jordan Stoner, “Flowers in Your Hair: The Meaning and End of the Summer of Love” (2009)

Karen Uhlrich, “The Integration of Baseball: A Look at the Factors” (2009)

Nick Valdes, “Over the Hills and Far Away: Led Zeppelin, Imperialist Appropriators or Post-Colonial Commodification of Culture?” (2008)

Katie Werkmeister, “Remembering the Guerilla: The Civil War in Missouri in Secondary Literature” (2009)

Robert Yang, “Asian Cultural Influences on MacArthur’s Westernization of Japan: From the Philippine Years to Interim Japan” (2008)

Emily Zerkel, “‘Yo-Ho, A Pyrates Life for Me’: A Profile of Pirates in Colonial British America” (2009)


(Mark Hanley, Spring 2008)

Meaghan Bartz: “”Dissention from Within: A Study of Internal Conflicts Within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee”  (2008)

Rebecca Bradley: “Republican Efforts and Success in the Election of 1864” (2008)

Ben Church: “The Theological Foundations of Charles Grandison Finney’s Revivalism” (2008)

Jon Deering: “Corruption, Scandal, and a Landslide: Andrew Jackson’s Bid for the Presidency” (2008)

Daniel Glossenger: “The Triumph of Cinematic Realism over Message: Assessing the Critical Reception of All Quiet on the Western Front” (2008)

Jon Guthrie: “The North American P-51 Mustang: Influence on Strategy and Pilot Morale” (2008)

Samuel Hodge: “High Stakes: Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 Campaign” (2008)

Amanda Klaus: “Kennedy and Khruschev: The Private Relationship” (2008)

Dustin Kueker: “Jackie Robinson: A Sign of the Times?” (2008)

Adrien Keables: “Informational Content in Godey’s Lady’s Book in the 1850s” (2008)

Matt Lange: “The Use of the Bible in the American Debate over Slavery” (2008)

Lindsay Lewis: “The Pathway to Prestige: Billy Graham from Tent Revivals to the Oval Office, 1949-1963” (2008)

Blake Shier: “The Trial of Jefferson Davis” (2008)

Emily Tobben: “Harry S Truman: Comparing the Public and Private Sectors” (2008)

Shannon Worsham: “Castlereagh and Britain’s Quest for Peace at the Congress of Vienna” (2008)

(Torbjörn Wandel, Spring 2008)

Drew Blacklidge, “The Power of Kings: The Attalids’ Attempt to Shape Pergamom to Reflect Them and Greece” (2008)

Sam Blanchard, “Christ the Conqueror and the Talking Tree: The Visual and Literary Aspects of the Anglo-Saxon Reformation” (2008)

Mike Dolan, “Bloody or Not? The Differing Opinions on Bloody Sunday in the UK and Ireland” (2008)

Missy Gahr, “The Perfect Body: Ancient Egyptian Medical Practices and the Connection to the Afterlife” (2008)

Kevin Harrison, “John C. Calhoun’s Pursuit of Perfection: The Mark of Timothy Dwight on the Life of Calhoun” (2008)

Wade King, “Bloody Bill Anderson: Rethinking What Made the Most Sadistic Killer of the Civil War Do the Things He Did” (2008)

Allison B. Maurer, “Free Blacks as Freemasons: An Exploration of the Fight for the Legitimacy of the Prince Hall Branch of Freemasonry” (2008)

Michelle Rinck, “‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’: An Examination of Barbie and Ken and the Marriage That Will Never Take Place” (2008)

Ryan Robinson, “Free-Diving with Concrete Boots: Austro-German Relations and the First World War” (2008)

Laura Twillmann, “The Strategic Use of Peasant Women in Collectivization Propaganda by the Soviets Under Stalin” (2008)

Keith Watson, “Between Berlin and Hollywood: Weimar Modernism and Hollywood Classicism in Nazi Cinema” (2008)

Stephanie Weick, “Text Messages, Coca-Cola, Web Surfing, and Shopping Malls: The Youth Cultures of Iran and Saudi Arabia and Their Implications for the Futures of the Countries” (2008)

Derek Wilhelm, “A Brief Flash Followed by Silence: A Study of the Effect of the Spread and Decline of Pauline House Churches on Gender Roles in Early Christianity” (2008)

(David Robinson, Fall 2007)

Margaret Ann Abbott, “The Cottonian and Sloane Collections: The Separate Treatments of Two of the Founding Collections of the British Museum” (2007)

Jordan Michael Cantoni, “The Radicalization of Osama bin Laden and this Role in the Development of Al-Qaeda” (2007)

Issaca Jevonne Carraway, “Redefining Black Womanhood: Black Women and the Evolution of Womanhood Within the Black Panther Party” (2007)

Kristin Leigh Clements, “The Life of Samuel Ajayi Crowther, 1809-1891: A Path Through the History of African Missions” (2007)

Claire Elizabeth Grothe, “Comparative Childhood in Colonial New England” (2007)

Kevin Michael Hansen, “Radicalism in the Red Power Movement and the American Indian Movement” (2007)

Tammy Sue Haun, “Cleopatra Philopatris: The Queen Who Loved her Country” (2007)

Matthew Allan Hoernschemeyer, “Barbarian Invasions: Anglo-Chinese Relations 1839-1860” (2007)

John Ryan Kaufmann, “The Trials of Bruno and Galileo: Viewpoints Throughout History” (2007)

Jesse Ling Leong, “The Battle of Badr and its Significance in Muslim History” (2007)

Jeffrey Nicklaus Luttrell, “Underneath the Fear: The Spectacle of Terror, Psychoanalytical Representations of Gender, and Gender Roles in the American Horror Film, 1942-1980” (2007)

Alyson Lenore Lutz, “The Origins of the Cold War” (2007)

James Edward McDonald, “Justice Systems in the American West [1850-1900]” (2007)

Megan Colleen Page, “The Role of the Heroine in Greek Mythology Compared to Greek Women’s Roles” (2007)

Shahrbonu Jeanne Rezaiekhaligh, “From Petitions to Pickets to Prison: Origins of Militant Feminism in America and the National Woman’s Party [Alice Paul]” (2007)

Dustin Michael Shaw, “The Spartans Through the Ages” (2007)

Matthew Ernest Ticich, “The Effectiveness of Firebombing Japan During World War II” (2007)

Kathleen Marie Vanderhoof, “A History of Plastic Surgery: How Women Today Have Developed an Obsession with Perfection” (2007)

Philip Hamilton Wire, “A History of the Prairie Chicken in Missouri” (2007)

Abigail Susan Wolcott, “Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt’s Marriage” (2007)

(Dan Mandell, Spring 2007)

Burton, Adam: “Eugenics and the Nazis” (2007)

Dyke, Kevin: “How American Newspapers Depicted European Jews After the Holocaust, 1945-1950” (2007)

Kohler, Samuel: “Henry Clay and the Compromise of 1850” (2007)

Lueker, Erin: “Conflicts among Jewish inmates at Theresienstadt” (2007)

Mannell, David: “Kansas City Jazz and the Pendergast Machine” (2007)

Niedbalski, Jennifer: “Missouri as a Sectional Battleground before the Civil War” (2007)

Roderwald, Nels: “Church and State in the Byzantine Empire” (2007)

Russell, Helen: “Depiction of Rome and Early Christians in Hollywood Films” (2007)

Schumacher, Stanton: “Route 66 and American Culture” (2007)

Scognamiglio, John: “The Cold War and 1980 Miracle on Ice” (2007)

Shrout, Robert: “The Swing Era and Race” (2007)

Sundberg, Adam: “The Dutch Environmental Movement: A Comparison with the United States” (2007)

Todd, Alex: “William Walker and the Filibustering Movement” (2007)

Troester, Aaron: “The Japanese Occupation of Manchuria” (2007)

(Torbjörn Wandel, Spring 2006)

The Ancient World

Kelsey Underwood, “Attaining Spiritual Perfection: Ability and Disability in Zoroastrianism and the Persian Empire” (2006)

Lindee Weese, “To Our [Ancient Greek] Sweethearts and Wives: May they Never Meet” (2006)

Early Modern England

Steven Cox, “The Influence of Anne Boleyn on the Early Reformation in England” (2006)

Chris Roberts, “The End of Magic and Occultism in Mathematics” (2006)

New England & New France

Becky Vice, “Resilience and Renown: The Massachusetts Moderates and the Dominion of New England” (2006)

Ashley Young, “The Imperial Colossus: Reinterpreting La Salle’s Final Expedition” (2006)

The Battle over Slavery

Nick Beydler, “Slavery and Northern Methodism: The Religious Roots of Anti-Abolitionism” (2006)

Will Davis, “Grapeshot Prunes Porter’s Bushwhackers: The Effects of Poor Terrain and Inadequate Supplies on the Confederate Forces at the Battle of Kirksville” (2006)

Brad Robertson, “Following Slavery: The Definition of Slavery in American History” (2006)

World War II

Sarah Jones, “Organizing Overlord: An Analysis of French-American Cooperation in the Liberation of France” (2006)

Kurtis Werner, “The American Glider Pilot during World War II: A Second-Rate Pilot in a Major Global Conflict” (2006)

The Cold War

Jon Courtney, “Soviet-American Relations: George F. Kennan’s Views on Aid to Russia” (2006)

Paul Klepper, “Malleable Steel: The Dynamic Nature of Israeli Security and Nuclear Arms” (2006)


Elizabeth Carrington, “Contradicting the Code: Double Standards in 1930 Portrayals of Minority Races [in Film]” (2006)

Cathy Clark, “Irish Dance: Examining Riverdance and Revivals” (2006)

Greg Mueller, “‘We Didn’t Cross Borders, Borders Crossed Us’: Nineteenth-Century U.S. Expansionist Policy and the Southwest” (2006)

Sexuality & Rurality

Jenna Kearns, “The Dada Vision of Weimar Culture: Analyzing Gender in Photomontage” (2006)

Justin Smith, “Homo on the Range: A Case Study of a Rural Gay Identity and the Influence of the Internet” (2006)

Elizabeth Robinson, “Conceptualizing Nature: The Changing Identity of Yosemite National Park in Travel Literature” (2006)



The best thing about the history program at Truman is the extremely close relationships that the professors in the History Department have with their students. I have had several professors for multiple classes, and while they are always there to challenge and advise us academically, they also love to be a part of their students’ lives in other ways. I have had professors make the class food for finals, tell us about what has been going on in their lives, and I’ve even been to a professor’s house for dinner.

Tucker Broadbooks, Class of 2020