Senior Projects

History majors at Plattsburgh cap their studies by writing a significant piece of historical scholarship. Students are assigned to work with faculty mentors in designing and carrying out this intensive research project. Registration for the Senior Project (HIS 485/486/490) requires departmental approval, and students must submit a formal project proposal. Proposal materials are available in the History Department Office.

A sampling of senior projects from recent semesters:

Fall 2015

  • Matt Podraza, “Operation Ajax: A Continuation of Colonial Policy in a Cold War Context”
  • Willam Thew, “The Antebellum Debate over Slavery: Christian Interpretations”
  • Lisa Perry, “The 1920s Revival of the Ku Klux Klan: A Teacher’s Resource Guide”
  • Kyle Streeter, “Residential Schools” A Canadian Genocide”
  • Connor Wimett, “Aisles of Cruelty: The Rise of Juvenile Solitary Confinement”
  • Ben Reagan, “Economic, Strategic, and Rhetorical Justifications for U.S. Hegemony in Cuba”
  • Dan Martin, “MEdieval Lepers: Saints or Sinners”
  • Matt Speirs, “Accidental Statehood: The Kurds in Iraq”

Spring 2015

  • Joseph Leddy, “Canada to the Rescue: The Missing Piece of the Argo Story”
  • Daniel Stimpfle, “American Folk Music, Chilean Solidarity, and Human Rights”
  • Tyne Gove, “The Passing of Madison Grant: Conservationism, Eugenics, and Immigration Policy in the Twentieth-Century
  • Christian Lyons, “Silencing Shanghai: Containing ‘Turmoil’ During China’s 1989 Democracy Movement”
  • Daniel Pavlak, “Operation Frisky: A Fictional Recounting of Operation Dingo, 1977”
  • Alicia Sanstone, “A Reasonable and Beautiful Dress: The Dress Reform Movement after Seneca Falls”
  • Edward Prufer, “Collective Memory on the National Mall: A Comparison of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National WW II Memorial”
  • Garrett Smith, “The Social and Historical Significance of the Military-Industrial Complex”
  • Michael Amendoeira, “Stalin’s Regime and its Role in the Everyday Lives of Soviet Citizens”

Spring 2014

  • Zach Student, “The Interstate Highway System as an Agent of Cultural Transformation”
  • James Murnane, “Awakening the American Bhudda”
  • Justin Villnanyi, “A Marine’s Story of the Korean War”
  • Robert Glashoff, “A New Deal for the American People”
  • Gary Peacock, “Resources and Romantics: An Adirondack Narrative”
  • Jessica Bastone, “Law and Marriage: Marriage Laws in the People’s Republic of China”
  • Thomas Sendgraff, “An Examination of Hollywood’s Sound Revolution”
  • Jeff Bednarchak, “Beasts and Bestiality: Animals and Witches in Early Modern England”
  • Jacob Goldblum, “The Company he kept: Aftermath of a Student Death at SUNY Plattsburgh”
  • Chelsea Phillips, “Women’s Employment during World War II: A Pathfinder”

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Gary Kroll, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 323
Phone: (518) 564-2738
Fax: (518) 564-2212