Celebrate Student Accomplishments

Elena and Liz

Congratulations to our students who attended the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, March 1-3! A special congratulations to the prize winners: Elizabeth Sadusky (right) - First Place in the Undergraduate Paper Awards, and Elena Ryan (left) – Third Place in the Undergraduate Paper Awards.

Congratulations to Elena Ryan (senior history major) on having a paper accepted by the Michigan Journal in History, 2018 edition.  The paper is titled, "There is even now an ill omen amongst us": Violence and Belonging in Jacksonian America, and was written as the final paper for the class, HIST 465: Violence in the American Political Tradition.

History majors Krista Mehrl, Nate Parsons, and Andrew Ring presented conference papers at the Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR) at Mississippi State University, May 1-3, 2015.

History Major Blake Johnson presented his research in the Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium held at Bethel University on April 9, 2016.  His personal research was entitled, “Failing God: Confederate Clergy’s Grapple with the Military.”

march 4 justice

On April 17, students who traveled to the South as part of the We March for Justice program over spring break shared their experience (photo above).

On October 15, 2018, History major, Bontu Gemeda, was featured in a Newsroom article with Professor David Williard.

Annie Rydland was recently awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State, which will allow her to study the Azerbaijani language in-country. She is an International Studies major and History minor.

On February 20, 2017, History major, Whitney Oachs, was featured in a Newsroom article with Professor David Williard.

On January 10, 2017, History major, Divine Zheng, was featured in a Newsroom article

On May 2, 2016, History major, Whitney Oachs, was awarded the Undergraduate Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement by the GALE office. 

Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society

A campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, was established at St. Thomas in 1950. Candidates must have completed at least three courses in history and maintained a GPA of at least 3.1 in their history courses and a GPA of 3.0 overall. This honor society gives us an opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of our history majors and minors as well as other students who have a general interest in history.  Interested students should contact Dr. Kari Zimmerman

After being accepted to many doctoral programs in history, Elena Ryan ('18) chose to accept a fellowship at Princeton University, where she is studying 19th century American history and the digital Humanities.

Congratulations to Andrew Jacobs, UST history major and alumnus of 2012, who recently received a “high pass” on his doctoral exam in History at Indiana University. Great job, Andrew!

Jesse Heines, UST history major and alumnus of 2010, received his MA from the prestigious War Studies Program at Kings College, London and another MA in building history from Cambridge University. In September 2015, he will begin his Ph.D. in War Studies at Kings College under the direction of Professor Andrew Lambert. He already has several publications, the most recent of which is “Britain’s military legacy and the impact of Brexit upon British defense policy,” International Policy Digest, 22 June 2016.



Cristo Rey

Our partnership with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School allowed students in the Urban Latin America class to consider both the methods and narratives of urban history. We worked with Cristo Rey juniors to analyze the effects of urbanization during the Gilded Age in the United States and the Era of Reform in Latin America. Examining primary sources from both regions – speeches, paintings, political cartoons, and photographs - our students considered how the history of cities is constructed. More importantly, by taking our course beyond the campus classroom we reflected on the “lived experience” of urban history and the ways in which the past in Latin American cities inform our present circumstances here in the Twin Cities.








The alumni accomplishment project was created by recent graduate Elizabeth Sadusky to be a part of her digital storytelling portfolio after she was invited to apply for the National Geographic Storytelling Fulbright fellowship. It features several members of the 2018 graduating class who majored in History, International Studies, and/or Political Science.  This sample was developed in conjunction with Dr. Catherine Cory, History Department head, and Dr. Renee Buhr, International Studies Department head, in order to demonstrate the success of the recent graduating class, and inspire those currently in the departments, as well as others interested in them.