Current Students

No Image AvailableJoseph Baumstarck

FIELD: US, Religion and culture
ADVISOR: A. Glenn Crothers
THESIS TOPIC: Alexander Campbell as a Political and Cultural Figure in Antebellum America
EMAIL: joseph.baumstarck@louisville.edu

No Image AvailableCarol Bolton

FIELD: Public History, US
ADVISOR: Tracy K'Meyer
THESIS TOPIC: Sisters of Loretto
EMAIL: carol.bolton@louisville.edu

 Hailey Brangers

FIELD: Public History
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EMAIL: hailey.brangers@louisville.edu
BIO: As a Louisville native, I remained to comfort as I graduated from UofL with a BA in History in 2017. I’m now in my second semester in the MA program focusing on Public History. My main research interest at the moment is Medieval European social and cultural history at Court. I have spent the past two years working with the Collections department at the Frazier History Museum so I have gotten my hands on some really cool objects!

No Image AvailableAsh Braunecker

FIELD: Public History, Religion and culture
ADVISOR: Lara Kelland
THESIS TOPIC: German Refugee Art Scholars in Louisville, KY
EMAIL: ashley.braunecker@louisville.edu

 Jill Dunagan

FIELD: US History
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EMAIL: jill.dunagan@louisville.edu
BIO: I just graduated from Spalding University in June 2019 with a BA in Liberal Studies with a discipline in History and Anthropology. Ultimately, I would like to become a History professor, so I am excited to begin that journey with the start of my first semester at U of L. My research interests are United States History, especially the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I also have a special interest/love for all things women’s history.


 Sam Dunn

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EMAIL: samuel.dunn@louisville.edu
BIO: I received my B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Louisville in 2019. I am the Online Teaching Assistant for History 101, and an intern at the Sons of the American Revolution Genealogical Library. I am studying regional economies, as well as the economic impact of marginalized peoples in Kentucky during the Civil War.

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 Jordan Klinger

FIELD: World History (Late Antique/Medieval)
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EMAIL: jordan.klinger@louisville.edu
BIO: I received my B.A in history from the University of South Florida in 2018. I am currently working on my M.A in history with a focus on the period of late antiquity. My research interests include studying the Byzantine empire as well as the emergence of early Islam. Though there is much that can be done within my field, my current goal is to teach at the college level.


Rachel Lachut

FIELD: Public History
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EMAIL: rachel.lachut@louisville.edu
BIO: As an undergrad, I attended Eastern Kentucky University where I graduated in spring 2018 with majors in history and English literature (ask me about my folk opera honors thesis!). Currently, I'm a second-year master's student, focusing on public history. My research interests include (but are not limited to) travel and leisure history, the Victorian Period, Gilded Age/Progressive Era Louisville, and effective multi-modal communication. I recently interned at the Frazier History Museum and the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, and I'm looking forward to making more history more accessible to more people through education and events!

No Image AvailableJoseph Maraschiello

FIELD: US, Europe
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EMAIL: joseph.maraschiello@louisville.edu
BIO: I received my Bachelors in History from Radford University in Radford, Virginia in 2001. I am a second year graduate student, my research interests include American History, military history and medical history with a possible fusion of all of them. I am currently unsure of a thesis topic but it will most likely revolve around medicine in 19th century America. Outside of school I am a husband and a dad to a crazy 4 year old girl!

No Image AvailableHoward Muncy

FIELD: US, Europe
ADVISOR: Thomas Mackey
THESIS TOPIC: Republican Support in Jackson County during the Civil War
EMAIL: howard.muncy@louisville.edu

 Olivia Raymond

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EMAIL: olivia.raymond@louisville.edu
BIO: Hey! I'm Olivia. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2018 with a B.A. in History. I'm currently enrolled as a Masters student in Public History. I love all things late 19th and early 20th century in United States history. But, I'm particularly partial to African-American theater and film. Say hey if you're into that and you'd love to go to the movies together!

 Michael Reikes

FIELD: Comparative world
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EMAIL: mireik01@louisville.edu
BIO: I received my B.A. in World History at the University of Louisville in 2018. I have just began working on my M.A. in world history. My primary interest is in medieval history, specifically the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire. My ultimate objective is get a PhD and teach history at a college level.

 Emily Tingle

FIELD: Public History
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EMAIL: emily.tingle@louisville.edu
BIO: I graduated from the University of Louisville in Spring 2019 with a Bachelors in History and a minor in archaeology. I’m interested in museum studies but I also have a strong interest in the history of antiquity, specifically the Greco- Roman conquest of Egypt. I would love to somehow find a way to combine the two for my thesis topic.

 Chad White

FIELD: Comparative World/Medieval History
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EMAIL: chad.white@louisville.edu
BIO: After serving in the U.S. Military for 12 years, I decided to go back to school. I graduated from U of L with a BA in History, and then spent a year in York, England at the Centre for Medieval Studies. I’ve studied Latin, Old, English, and Old Norse languages. My main focus thus far has been Anglo-Saxon and Viking History with emphasis on warfare, gender and sexuality, and society and culture. I am also the Department of History’s Administrative Associate.

 Rebecca Wishnevski

FIELD: Public History
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EMAIL: rebecca.wishnevski@louisville.edu
BIO: I gained my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana. As a Kentucky native, I have enjoyed returning to the Louisville area to begin working towards my Master of Arts in History at the University of Louisville. Since returning home from my undergraduate work, I have been employed at multiple sites of place-based education such as the Louisville Zoo, Historic Locust Grove, and the Kentucky Historical Society. My current research is centered around the lives of the enslaved in the Louisville area during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, specifically the enslaved population at Historic Locust Grove. With a major focus in Public History, my desire is to use museum education as a way to help children understand and interpret history…even the not so great parts! By allowing students and the public to understand the past I hope they will be able to clearly interpret their present and overall create a better future.