The history department at Western Oregon University began its Master of Arts in History program in fall 2009. The department offers graduate courses in three fields: North American history, European history and world (Latin American and Asian) history. Graduate students complete coursework in a primary field and a secondary field. As part of the requirements for the M.A. degree students enroll in at least one seminar class in their primary field and one in their secondary field.

The seminar course focuses on the production of an article-length paper that draws upon a strong knowledge of secondary sources (the work of other historians in the field) and original research in primary sources. M.A. students participate in a conference-style presentation of one of their seminar papers for this Academic Excellence Showcase session.

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Submissions from 2018

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El Camino Real: Commercial Trade Route to Santa Fe, Jodi R. Harrison

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Jacek Kuron: An Activist of Solidarity's Future, Brandon C. Meredith

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Mental Illness Ideologies and the Asylum: Individual Case Files from the Oregon State Hospital, Erika Dyer

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Schießbefehl and the Issues of Retroactivity Within the East German Border Guard Trials, Keegan McMurry

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The Bracero Program and the Migration from Michoacán to Oregon: 1942-1995, Martin Salinas

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The Mental Health Records of Progressivism from the Oregon State Hospital, Carliee M. Leach-Provancha

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The Progressive Era, the Depression, and the American Mental Institution System, Andrew Dobrowolski

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'To The Dishonor of God': Religious Roots for Puritan Morality Laws During the Interregnum, Carter D. Craig

Submissions from 2017

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Character, Crafts, and Physique: American Men and the Meaning of Masculinity in World War I and Its Aftermath, Keegan G. Le Bleu

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Concerning Peasants: The Underlying Cause for the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, Dylan Vosti

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God and Revolution:Religion and Power from Pre-Revolutionary France to the Napoleonic Empire, Alexa Weight

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Proposition 187: California's Fear of Immigration, Tyler Larsen

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Sin, Salvation and the Medieval Physician: Religious Influences on Fourteenth Century Medicine, Chloe Buzzard

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The Power of Nine: Federalists, Antifederalists, and Natural Law Synthesis in the Ninth Amendment, James Masnov

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The White Rose’s Resistance to Nazism: The Influence of Friedrich Nietzsche, Katilyn R. Kirkman

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Violence in Algeria: From Colony to Independent Nation, Ryan D. Steele

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Working for Walpole: Restorative Spaces in the Progressive Era, Spencer M. Welter

Submissions from 2016

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Eugenics and Racial Hygiene: The Connections between the United States and Germany, Nicholas Baker

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Giving Voice to Silent Destruction, Michelle A. Smail

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Head of State: An Exploration of Developing Concepts of Kingship as Portrayed in the Severed Heads of Medieval Literature, Emily Walley

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Peron, Argentina and the Nazis, Daniel Correa

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Reforming 'the Sacred': Standardization of Church Space in Laudian England (1633-1641), Ashley Fierstadt

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Technology and Strategy: The War in Vietnam, Isaac Keister

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The Assertion of English Royal Authority in the American Colonies and Royal Revenue: 1651-1701, Benjamin Lesh

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The Irish Theology: Formation of Celtic Christianity in Ireland (5th to 9th Century), Emma M. Foster

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The Nuremberg Laws: Creating the Road to the T-4 Program, Jennifer V. Hight

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The Violent Revolution: Nationalism and the 1989 Romanian Revolution, Allan Chet Emmons

Submissions from 2015

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American Citizen or Internal Enemy: Reasons Behind the Creation of the Japenese-American Interment Camps, Konner Monk

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Forgotten Bravery: The San Patricio Battalion and the Irish Experience, Brian D. Reese

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French vs France: Vichy Government Attempts to Save the Empire, Jennifer R. Roberts

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Manipulating the Medieval Past: Convivencia and the Politics of Religious Identity, Gregory Baker

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Pulling the Strings: The Influential Power of Women in Viking Age Iceland, Kendall M. Holcomb

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Silencing Lord Haw-Haw: An Analysis of British Public Reaction to the Broadcasts, Conviction and Execution of Nazi Propagandist William Joyce, Matthew Rock Cahill

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Social Implications of the Eruption of Mount Saint Helens, Jordan Sterling

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Tricolor and the Union Jack at Sea: How the French Revolution Decapitated Napoleon's Navy and Thereby Ruined His Ambitions, Dominic Annen

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Zoot Suit Riots and the Role of the Zoot Suit in Chicano Culture, Rebecca Grizzle

Submissions from 2014

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20th Century North African Colonial History: A Look at Gender and Race through the Cultural Lens of Isabelle Eberhardt, Stacy Elizabethann Roberts

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Education Prescription and Disregarded Side Effects: Gilded Age Education Reform in Oregon, Sarah M. Pearson

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FIRE: Agent of Change, Richard A. Galvin II

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Leading Ladies: A Study of Queenship and Identity through Conquest, Rose Thormahlen

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Napoleon: The Warrior Unmasked, Drew A. Larson

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Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts in 19th Century British Colonies, Katria Hiersche

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Tenting on the Old Campground: A Social History of the U.S. Regular and State Volunteer Troops in the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1862-1865, David Plett

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The Farmers’ Tool: Changing Values of Rural Oregon Granges in Benton County: 1938-1948, Curtis Holbert

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The Lion Looks West: Change in the Welsh Marches During the Last Half of the Eleventh Century, David M. Price

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The Monroe Doctrine: Openly Defensive (1800-1824), Tate Sanders

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“There is No Law Here”: Vigilantism, Militarism, and Metropolitanism in Coos County, Oregon 1912-1913, Zachary W. Jones

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Titanic and the People on Board: A Look at the Media Coverage of the Passengers After the Sinking, Andrea Bijan

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Women’s Air Force Service Pilots: They Were Equal To Men in Training and Skill, Vic Caudillo

Submissions from 2013

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Engineering Modernity: The Aswan Low Dam and Modernizing the Nile, Travis Cook

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Michelin: the Phoenix of French Modernity in the Twentieth Century, Zachary R. Hammond

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Nature's Use: Language and its Use in the Writings of John Muir and Gifford Pinchot, Matthew E. Whitbeck

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Nazi Propaganda: The Theme of Work and Workers in the Pre-Power and Post-Power Years, Stephen H. Kingsborough

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Neoliberalism and the Mapuche, Chandler E. Miranda

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Queenship: A Study of What it was to be a Queen in Europe during the 11th-16th Centuries, Alyssa Penn

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“Rural America Is ‘On The Front’”: Rural Civil Defense In The Midwest And Northwest During The Cold War, Kate Claussen

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Technology and Adaptation in Logging, Jeremy D. Rosenblad

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The Final Countdown: On the Historiography of the Usage of Language in 1000 A.D., Steven F. Wonser

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The Importance of Patronage during the Premature Reformation: Comparison of John Wyclif and Jan Hus, James E. O'Neil

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The Nuremberg Trial: Robert H. Jackson and American National Autonomy, Josiah Liedkie

Submissions from 2012

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9/11/73: The "Chilean Way" to Socialism Hits a Dead End, Greg Garcia, Jr.

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Afro-Brazilian Religious Suppression in 1920s and 1930s Rio de Janeiro, Brittney Teal-Cribbs

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Analysis of Peter the Great's Social Reforms and the Justification of the Reactions from the General Public, Devan Walsh

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Corruption, the Reforms of Francisco de Toledo and the Backlash of Indio Social Changes in Sixteenth & Seventeenth Spanish Peru, Jeffrey Benson

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Food, Farm, and Industry, Toni Rush

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Gender and the Salem Witchcraft Trials, Josephine Colburn

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Insatiable Shipyards: The Impact of the Royal Navy on the World's Forests, 1200-1850, Patrick Melby

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New England Order A Discourse of the Society that Developed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Christopher Malmberg

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Patriarchy, Paternity and Paternalism in Early Twentieth Century Chilean Labor History, Travis Cook

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Portland Banking and Newspapers, Duke Morton

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Projections of Complicity: Narratives of Rape Survivors in Wartime Bosnia, 1992-1995, Jennifer Ross

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Red Cross: Results of Service, Travis Robinson

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Taishan and its Pilgrims, Jessica Strawn

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The Battle for the Legality and Legitimacy of Ayahuasca Religions in Brazil, Jennifer Ross

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The Beat Generation: They Were Hipsters Not Beatniks, Diane M. Huddleston

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The Growth of Labor Relations during World War II: A Comparison of Henry Kaiser and Henry Ford, Amanda Cirillo

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The Growth of Pentecostalism in Brazil, Maureen Dean

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The Harem: Looking Behind the Veil, Diane M. Huddleston

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The Negotiation Between Ethnicity and Language in German-Immigrant Hip-Hop, Brittney Teal-Cribbs

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The Poorhouse: Institutionalization of the Poor, Diane M. Huddleston

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The Riurkid Dynasty's Relationship with the Orthodox Christian Church in Kievan Rus, David Siewell

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Who Put the "Cuba" in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Gregory J. K. Garcia

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Without Bread or Work in the New Millennium: Effects of Argentine Economic Policy on the Crash of 2001, Michael Granat

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Young Ernesto Guevara and the Myth of Che, Dan Sprinkle

Submissions from 2011

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A Fork in the Road: The Catilinarian Conspiracy's Impact on Cicero's Relationships with Pompey, Crassus and Caesar, Jeffrey Larson

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“Alexander the Great: A Lesson Taught by Roman Historians”, Jaxon Saunders

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A Marriage of Convenience: The Pre-War Relationship Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Stephen Calkin

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American Merchants and the Chinese Coolie Trade 1850-1880: Contrasting models of human trafficking to Peru and the United States, Austin Schultz

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China’s One-Child Policy: The Party’s Rationale and the People’s Response, Emma Thomas

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Colonization of Cyrene: A Historiographic Perspective, Robert Richards

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From Out of the Earth: Water, Maize and Caves in Ancient Maya Myth and Religion, Clara Scillian Kennedy

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Oregon's 1960s Woman, Melanie Pinard

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Pancho Villa and the Lord of the Skies: Narcocorridos in the Mexican Corrido Tradition, Sarah Goldsworthy Berry

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The Gaucho: Contradictions and the Construction of a National Symbol, Helen Chaffee

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“The Role of Marius’s Military Reforms in the Decline of the Roman Republic ”, Andrew White

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Women in Nazi Propaganda, Jonathan Moch

Submissions from 2010

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Bittersweet Independence: The Influence of the United States on Cuba’s Independence, Samantha Nordstrom

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"Descend, descend, and be damned throughout the ages.": Pope Gregory VII and the Dictatus Papae, Christopher J. Perkins

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Food and Dining in Etruscan Funerary Ritual: Foreign Influence and Cultural Exchange, Stephanie di Bona

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“In the Name of Almighty God” Gregory VII and the Investiture Controversy, Samuel Dollarhide