Current Students

No Image AvailableJoel Anderson

FIELD: US, Military
ADVISOR: Daniel Krebs
THESIS TOPIC: Kentucky's Early Wars
EMAIL: joel.anderson@louisville.edu

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

 Emma Bryan

FIELD: Public History, US
ADVISOR: Lara Kelland
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EMAIL: emma.bryan.1@louisville.edu
BIO: I fell in love with history at the age of 14, while participating in many historical interpretation opportunities throughout my home town of Frankfort, Kentucky. I received my Bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University where I majored in both history and philosophy. I am a budding museum professional; I hope to find a future career at a historical institution. I have prior internship experience at the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Derby Museum. I am really interested in the medium of theatre as a cultural tool, and therefore my thesis will be reflective of that. I am researching Macauley’s Theatre of Louisville, specifically the minstrel and vaudeville shows that were performed there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In contrast, I am also utilizing the works of Joseph Seamon Cotter, a Louisville native, who was the first African American playwright to be published in the U.S.

No Image AvailableKalie Gipson

FIELD: US
ADVISOR: Thomas Mackey
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EMAIL: kalie.gipson@louisville.edu

 Christopher Herde

FIELD: Comparative world, Europe
ADVISOR: Brad Bowman
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EMAIL: christopher.herde@louisville.edu
BIO: I am a Louisville native, and completed my undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science in 2016. Now in the third semester of my MA, I am primarily interested in the interactions between the medieval European and Islamic worlds. My current research focuses on literary sources and depictions of the Other contained within. By analyzing the ways in which popular writers depicted those living on the other side of the Mediterranean, I will be able to better understand how much each society knew about the other, and how they saw themselves in relation to their counterparts. In the past few years I have interned at the Frazier History Museum and studied at the University of Jordan Amman.

 Angela Horn

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BIO: Born and raised in Southern Indiana, I went away to Oberlin College in Ohio for my undergraduate in History. I finished by undergraduate degree in 2006, and I completed a PhD in Counseling Psychology in 2015. I still maintain a strong drive to the history field, and was excited about starting the MA in History at U of L. I am in my first year with an emphasis on Public History, enhancing my skills educating the public on historical topics, museum studies, archival work, and oral histories. I am particularly interested in the history of Louisville and Southern Indiana, specifically social movements that shaped our area. I also have a keen interest in agricultural history and the history of food. Some fun facts: I just got married in June! My husband and I have bees, chickens, and a big garden!

 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. Currently, I'm a first-year master's student, focusing on public history. My research interests include (but are not limited to) medieval Europe, Victorian travel and transportation, the relationship between modern myth and historical reality, and creative means of academic communication. So far, I've been to six foreign countries and twenty-nine states, and I'm always searching for new adventures!

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 AvailableMary Marlatt

FIELD: Public History, US
ADVISOR: Tracy K'Meyer
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EMAIL: mary.marlatt@louisville.edu

 Sarah McCoy

FIELD: Public History, US
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EMAIL: sarah.wilborn@louisville.edu
BIO: In 2017, I received my B.A. in History at the University of Louisville. I started the M.A. program in the following fall semester and am now in my final year of my studies. I am a Public History major, minoring in American History, and I am specifically interested in museum education and programming. In the last few years, I have interned at Historic Locust Grove, the American Printing House for the Blind Museum, and the Frazier Museum, and this summer, I interned at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

No Image AvailableKatherine Morrison

FIELD: Public History, US
ADVISOR: A. Glenn Crothers
THESIS TOPIC: Women and the Ohio in Antebellum Louisville
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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.

 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.

Photo of David WiegmanDavid Wiegman

FIELD: US, Europe
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EMAIL: dw@louisville.edu
BIO: I am a very non-traditional student – that means old! I have AB, MA, and PhD degrees in Physiology and teacher certification in secondary school science, all from Indiana University. After graduation I was for 8 years at the University of Missouri and then 34 years at UofL with retirement in 2015. For the last 32 years at UofL, I was Professor, Vice Dean of the Medical School and Assc VP for Health Affairs. I loved the teaching, research and administrative life and stayed well beyond the normal retirement age! I had the opportunity to put many programs in place (with special emphasis on diversity) and to champion the values I believe in. With profession travel I developed a major interest in history, which lead to years of reading and a commitment to myself to return to the student role when I retired. I have done that taking one course each semester. Thus far I have completed the 4 undergraduate survey courses (US and world history) and 2 courses in the MA program. My interests are US history and European history with emphasis on Germany. At this point I do not have an advisor or MA research topic.