Graduate students at a paintball event

History Graduate Student representatives

  • Ph.D. Representative: Bryant Barnes
  • M.A. Representative: Jeffrey Jones

History Graduate Student Association

The History Graduate Student Association coordinates book sales and provides camaraderie and intellectual community to history graduate students.

Officers, 2018-2019

  • President: Bryant Barnes
  • Vice-President and annual book sale: Jeffrey Jones
  • Professional Development Workshop series: Matthew Gordon
  • 1st year mentoring: Tracy Barnett
  • Student Speaker Series: Lauren Titley
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Terrell Orr
  • Social Events Coordinator: Matthew O'Neal


Activities of the HGSA

 HGSA also hosts a number of workshops, activities, and social events throughout the year.

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) offer an opportunity for students to meet and interact with faculty of the department in a casual setting for workshops on topics such as finding funding and external grants, networking at conferences, organizing research, writing the dissertation proposal, going on the job market and job talks, and even how to incorporate your research into your teaching effectively.

These workshops are often paired with Student Speaker Series (SSS) presentations, which give graduate students in the history department the opportunity to “workshop” and present conference papers, job talks, articles, and other written pieces or presentations to their peers for feedback and advice.

In addition to organizing these workshops, HGSA sponsors graduate get-togethers each semester and works to promote an environment of academic and social well-being for the gradaute student community.

Annual Graduate Student Lecture Series

  • 2010 - Dr. Michael Fellman, Simon Fraser University, Professor of History and Liberal Studies, "John Brown:Terrorism in a Slave Society"
  • 2008 – Dr. Tera W. Hunter, Princeton University, Professor of History and African American Studies, "'Until Death or Distance Do You Part': Marriage and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century"
  • 2007 – Dr. Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Yale University, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, "Guts, Greyhounds, and Gandhi: Pauli Murray's Civil Rights Movement"