Undergraduate History Conference

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

10:00am – 3:30pm

Humanities Gateway 1030

Please join the Department of History for the tenth annual Undergraduate History Conference. At this event, a group of undergraduate historians will share their research on a wide and exciting range of topics. Questions? Contact Michelle Spivey at


Session 1 (10:00-11:15)

Isabel Verduzco " The Rise of Women’s Movements in Central America: Denouncing Human Rights Violations in El Salvador"

Sean Estabillo " A Thousand Years of Stone or Twelve of Plaster: A Reinterpretation of Adolf Hitler’s “Cities” Chapter in Mein Kampf"

Nathan Nguyen " War and Welfare in the Republic of Vietnam"

Katelin Ramos "Creole Guatemalans and the Making of their Enlightenment (1780s-1820s)"

Aymara Cardenas Camargo "Exhuming Ambivalence: Symbolic Storytelling and Betrayals Amidst the Spanish Civil War"


Session 2 (12:00-1:15)

Omar Bahjat Shariff "The Mind of the Taiping Heavenly King"

Jasmine Doan "The Two Paradises and the Journey Between: The Life of Trần Thị Phụng"

Yi Hu "The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Road"

John Trytten "The Alienation of Public Lands: Land Ownership and Development in Sonora during the Porfiriato (1876-1911)"


Session 3 (2:00-3:15)

Sebastian Calderon "'And Mere Food Was Their Flesh': Food, Identity and Resistance in Yucatán"

Spiro Sun "Our Prelates are Hanged, Not Shot"

Cole Chaidez "Italy's Africa: Evolution of Italian Colonial Policy and National Identity in the 20th Century"

Blake Martins "Patriots, Activists, and Combatants: the Women of Algeria"

Julia Black "The Place of Homoerotic Desire within German Ideals of Masculinity, 1898 - 1934"


Poster Presentations

Dawn Grillo "Isolation turns to Inclusion: Black Representation in Anime and the Creation of the Blerd Identity"

Gideon Choi "Analysis and Reconstruction of Mail Armor Components"

Nico Cho "CHATTEL Slavery: Examining United States Slavery (1776-1865) through a Black-Animal Studies Framework

Heng Du (Rowena) "An Evaluation of Women's Social Status in Colonial Hong Kong with a Feminist Lens-- Case Studies"

Cassandra Caro "Punjabi Mexican Americans in the United States"