News & Events

Spring 2021

Ph.D. Student, Kyle Vanderwall, co-authors the Teacher's Edition of the 10th edition of Henretta's America's History for the AP Course (Bedford, Freeman and Worth, 2021)

Congratulations to our Spring 2021 History Department award winners!

Dr. Joshua Koenig was hooded by Dr. Ed Martini and Dr. Lynne Heasley on April 6, 2021.

Congratulations to Dr. Skylar Bre'z for successfully defending her dissertation entitled, "The Coalitions of National Women's History Month: Practicalities and Consequences" on March 8, 2021. Her Committee consisted of Dr. Edwin Martini (Chair), Dr. Mitch Kachun, and Dr. Susan Freeman.

Spring 2020

John Byczynski successfully defended his dissertation, "Beyond the Farm: Capitalism in North-Central Minnesota, 1880-1940" on March 13, 2020.

Fall 2019

Joshua Koenig successfully defended his dissertation, "Public Depictions of the Trans-Mississippi American West" on Dec. 11, 2019.


Peter Dobek successfully defended his dissertation, "Karczma/Taberna: Public Houses in Cracow during the Jagiellonian Dynasty" on Oct. 29, 2019.


Summer 2019

We celebrate the graduation of several M.A. students during Summer 1 and 2.

Dillon Knackstedt, Austin Setter, Heidi Mathews, Sarah Jaran, Sydne Danh receive their M.A. diplomas at the June 29, 2019 ceremony. Photo courtesy of Claire Herhold.

Spring 2019

Several WMU History graduate students had special events occur spring 2019. Stacey Moore, a doctoral student, was selected by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Michigan to receive one of the NSCDA's scholarships. The $5000 award is to support a graduate student working in American history; Stacey received one of five awarded nationally. Paula McElroy, Patriotic Service Chair for the Michigan chapter of the NSCDA, traveled to Kalamazoo to present the award to Stacey. 

Pictured left to right are Wilson Warren (department chair), José António Brandão (Stacey's advisor), Stacey Moore, Paula McElroy, and Sally Hadden (director of graduate studies).


Alicia Risk and Ian Anderson- MA Graduates 2019

 Alicia has been working on a project call ""The Mill at Vicksburg: Brewery Museum"


Christopher Maiytt, a masters' student, published an essay in the journal {essays in history} entitled "A Just Estimate of a Lie: A Historiography of World War II Era Propaganda Films."  

 Pictured: Christopher Maiytt

Claire Herhold and Matt Penix, doctoral students, were both awarded Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships and Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Awards by the WMU Graduate College to support their dissertations. 


Colin Rensch, Peter Dobek, and Claire Herhold each received WMU Graduate College grants to support their research and travel.


Pictured: Colin Rensch 

And we recognize the special achievement of completing graduate studies. Spring semester M.A. graduates include Ian Anderson, Heidi Mathews, and Alicia Risk. 

Pictured left to right are Heidi Mathews, Alicia Risk, Ian Anderson.