Students in the News

Congratulations to our history majors who have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!
Caroline Angle; Alison Fieldhouse; Lee Larson; and Saverio Longobardo



History Majors Curate and Exhibition at the Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts. Majors Mallory Allred, Abby Brown, and Caroline Green worked on an independent project over the summer to curate an art exhibit, which is now on display at Sawtooth School for Visual Art downtown. The exhibit is titled “Humanizing the Mechanical Eye.” Read more about it here.


“Release: From Stigma to Acceptance.”  This event was a collaborative student-curated exhibit featuring the Invitationwords and art of former offenders.  This project was the result of work by Wake Forest University students in Public History, a course taught in fall 2014 by Professor Lisa Blee.  The opening reception for the exhibit was held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts on 251 Spruce Street N., Winston-Salem, NC.  This project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with support from the Humanities Institute and Department of History at Wake Forest University.



  • Evan Schwed (’15) who worked on a History Internship with Dr. Rais Rahman, in Spring 2013, has just published the outcome of his internship digitally. Titled “Primary Sources Relating to India (1698-1993): An Annotated Bibliography” is a great resource for anyone interested in India to get a glimpse of the kind of primary source materials available in the holdings of the Special Collections of the ZSR Library. Click here to check it out.
  • Rebecca Speas (’12) appeared on “Jeopardy” on January 7, 2015. For more information, see the story here.
  • Rob Wilson (’14) gave his paper, “Hands Off My Property: Reincorporating the Reasons behind States’ Rights,” at a Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting at Elizabeth City State University on April 5.  His paper won best overall for his category.Jessica Lockhart (’14) gave her paper, “The Imperial Agenda of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Re-Defining African American Religious Identity, 1870-1917″ at a Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference,at Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia, on March 29, 2014. She was awarded second prize for overall best paper at the conference.
  • Jessica Lockhart (’14) reflects on writing and presenting a paper in October 2013 at the Lay My Burden Down conference as well as on the connections of the liberal arts to the wider world.
  • Five Wake Forest history honors majors, all juniors and seniors, were invited to present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Biennial Conference outside Albuquerque, NM, 2-5 January 2014. At the conference were 106 sessions, over three days, attended by more than 300 undergraduate andWFU Students in Desert @ 2014 PAT graduate students and faculty from across the country. The Wake Forest presenters were:
    • Emily Anderson (‘14), “Fractured Identities and an End to the Official Myth: Operation Pedro Pan, 1960-1962,” (supervised by Michele Gillespie)
    • Nathaniel Brickhouse (‘14), “Evliya Celebi: An Ottoman Traveler in the Age of Confessionalization,” (supervised by Charles Wilkins)
    • Brittany Forniotis (’13), “The Guatemalan Coup: Communist Suspicions or Personal Ties,” (supervised by Ben Coates)
    • Julie Huggins (’14), “’We Cannot Turn Back’: How Civil Rights Leaders Changed the Meaning of Freedom from 1955 to 1970,” (supervised by Michele Gillespie)
    • Saverio Longobardo (’13), “Foreign-Domestic Parallelism: Civilization and the Rule of the Indians and Protectorates after 1865,” (supervised by Ben Coates)
  • Four history majors won paper prizes for their research presentations at the March 2013 Biennial Conference held at Furman University:
    • Caroline Culp won the Best Undergraduate Conference Paper Overall as well as the best paper in American colonial history with “‘Face Painting’ and the Formation of Feminine Identity: 149 Women Artists of Charleston, South Carolina, 1690-1825.”
    • Robert Lewis Wilson, III, won the best paper in Chinese history with “United States East Asian Foreign Policy and the Potential Beginning of a Transformation of the Republic of china into a Taiwanese State: 1949-1979.”
    • Mandy Emery won the best paper in global history with “West Papua Past and Present: The Effects of the Act of Free Choice on West Papua, Papuan Identity and the Struggle for Freedom.”
    • Ivie Myntti won the best paper in Identity and the South with “‘His Place in Our Social Order’: Stanley Harris and the Interracial Committee of the boy Scouts of America, 1926-1947.
  • Meenu Krishnan, a senior history major and PAT co-president, published her first single-author piece in July 2012 as part of her internship at The New Republic.  You can read her article here.
  • Four History Majors presented their research at the January 2012 PAT Biennial Conference held in Orlando Florida:
    • Eleanor Davison (’12) presented “‘Winston-Salem had its Mob’: Textiles, Tobacco, and Race in the Industrial South”
    • Meenakshi Krishnan (’13) presented “Images of Kingship: Statebuilding, Patronage, and Architecture in the Capitals of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires”
    • Margaret Rodgers presented “The Turkish Premiership of Tansu Ciller: Lasting Influences Amid Political Failures”
    • Margaret Wood (’12) presented “‘We Called Ourselves Revolutionaries’: Remembering Integration at Wake Forest University”
  • Gerson Lanza, a junior history major, makes the news with his unique style of tap dancing.
  • Kara Peruccio presented her paper, “Big Screen, Little Boxes:  Hollywood Representations of the Suburban Housewife, 1960-1975,” at Culturing the Popular Conference at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., on September 24, 2010.  She presented another paper, “‘An Undue Indulgence’:  Design, Power and Culture in the Harem Hamam of the Topkapi Saray Palace, 1453-1880,” at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, on March 25, 2011.
  • Christopher Falzon presented his paper, “No Land for Old Rumis:  Mustafa Ali’s Description of Cairo,” at the Phi Alpha Thete Regional Conference at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on March 26, 2011.
  • Madeline Eckenrode presented her paper, “Science as a Stabilizing Force in Cuba, 1960-2000:  How the Promise and Reality of Scientific Advancement Contributed to Economic Gains and Social Cohesion in post 1959 Cuba,” at the SUNY Stony Brook Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center 10th Annual Graduate Conference in New York City on April 8, 2011.
  • Emma Lawlor presented her paper, “A Step from the Test Tube or the Domain of the Wooden Plow?  The State, the Peasantry, and the Industrialization of Mexican Agriculture,” at the SUNY Stony Brook Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center 10th Annual Graduate Conference in New York City on April 8, 2011.