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:

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”

Fall 2013

  • Keith Black, “The Erie Wars: The Amputation of the Invisible Hand”
  • Megan Wyand, “Disney’s not so Failed Attempt at Pocahontas”
  • Ralph Cisario, “Thomas Muntzer: The Evolution of his Theology”
  • Katie Ryan, “People of the Land and Sea. A Short Story”
  • Stefab Ramirez, “For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Lincoln Brigade”
  • Joshua Weinstein, “Who’s Julia? An American Sitcom”
  • Jessica Trevail, “Florence Nightingale and American Civil War Nurses”
  • Thomas Easttey, “Bartitsu to Jujutsu: Britain’s Changing Masculine Sports Culture”

Spring 2013

  • Paige Dustin, “Liberty and Justice for Some? The Impact of Johnson v. M’Intosh and Fletcher v. Peck on Native American Sovereignty”
  • Stephanie Burrows, “Discipline in Salem: a Role Reversal”
  • Phoebe Nolan, “The Oka Crisis — A Legacy of Broken Promises”
  • Jamie Knapp, “The Walking Dead: Women and Children in Rwanda after the Genocide”
  • Rob Brandes, “Not ‘On Bended Knee’: Left Leaning Newspapers’ Reaction to Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy Speeches”
  • Conner Ferguson, “Indigenous Child Removal in the United States and Australia: A Teacher Resource Guide”
  • Vanessa Traves, “The Great Canadian Whispering Campaign: Good Girls, Bad Girls, and the Policing of Women’s Sexuality in the CWAC During WWII”
  • Michael Pelzer, “Military Training and Human Rights: Hugh Thompson and William Calley, a Comparative Analysis of Actions in My Lai”
  • Justin Spear, “Robert Moses: Public Servant or Public Enemy?”

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