College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

History Graduate Student Association

HGSA Agenda Committee Members

Photo: Greg AtkinsGreg Atkins

Graduate Studies Committee Representative

I am a second-year Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Matthew Sutton. My research interests center around the attraction of evangelical ministries to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after the Second World War. There upon the foothills of the Rockies, elements of both the Bible Belt and the Sunbelt merged to create an important center of American evangelicalism. Starting with a couple of small international ministries in the 1940s and 1950s, Colorado Springs soon gathered other evangelical groups, eventually packaging itself to target these groups to diversify the city's economy. In Colorado Springs, these ministries affected and were affected by important religious, social, and political changes in post-1945 America. It was a pleasure to be elected the Graduate Studies Representative, and I look forward to serving as a bridge between graduate students and the faculty to further strengthen the department overall. In another life before the all-consuming responsibilities of graduate school, I hiked, biked, and remodeled cars and houses. Given the right amount of peer pressure and favorable social conditions, my friends and colleagues can still lure me back into these pastimes.

Fred HardywayFred Hardyway

Student Faculty Representative

Fred hails from the wonderfully diverse and scenic state of Kansas! He graduated with a Bachelor in history and Master from Friends University in Kansas. Currently a first year Doctoral student, Fred’s interests lay in the general field of World history, with a primary field focus on West Africa and a secondary field focus in Atlantic world. His current research is engrossed on the history of African archery technology throughout the continent, but in particular the dispersion of that technology to other peoples outside Africa.

Sarah SchraederSarah Schraeder

GPSA Representative

Sarah is a first-year M.A. student working with Dr. Raymond Sun. Her research fields include Modern Germany, Modern Europe, memory and world history. She received her B.A. in history with a minor in political science from California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, California in 2012. Her current research focuses on the memorialization of a set of smaller concentration camps developed under the Nazi regime beginning in 1933 called the Emslandlager (camps in the Emsland region located in north-western Germany). She is specifically interested in the process of memorialization in this region and how it compares to larger memorialization projects in Germany before and after unification.

Brian StackBrian Stack

GPSA Representative

Brian Stack is a first year Masters student. He received BAs in History and Philosophy and a minor in Latin from the University of Rhode Island in 2012. He focuses on 20th Century United States history with an emphasis in the history of sexuality.


Mickey DennisMickey Dennis

M.A. Student Representative





Joni FordJoni Ford

Colloquium Representative

Joni Ford is a first year Masters student. She received her BA in Social Science: History from Lewis-Clarks State College in 2013. She focuses on US History, primarily 20th century, with an emphasis in women and gender.



Photo: Hans-Petter GravHans-Petter Grav

Vancouver Representative

I am a second-year Ph.D. student focusing on U.S. race and ethnicity. I grew up in Norway, but earned my academic degrees in the United States. I did my M.A. at Montana State University, Bozeman, where I received the history department's Best Paper by an M.A. student award, in 2010, for a paper entitled "The First and the Sixth Pearl Harbor: Norwegian-American Identity at the Onset of World War II." In Pullman, I offered a poster presentation on "Bleached Dresses Only: The Absent Ethnic Dimension in the Vineland Irrigation Project" at the 2012 Academic Showcase. I also served as a student curator on this topic for MASC's exhibit "Vineland: Shaping Paradise – Lewiston–Clarkston Improvement Company Records, 1890–1920," which opened in April 2012. I recently published the paper "When the Beast Saved the Day and Yellow Jack Got Lost: The Story of General Butler and the Yellow Fever Epidemic That Never Took Place" in the spring 2012 issue of the Southern Historian. I am currently a GTA for the RCI program at the Vancouver campus, and I serve as the Vancouver HGSA representative.

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