The History Department Undergraduate Group (DUG) organizes events and activities to promote community among history students, concentrators, and faculty. They host panels and lunches with faculty, student-led registration advising sessions, and other events throughout the year.
You can learn more about the History DUG and the programming they have planned by joining the Facebook group. A schedule of events can also be found on the DUG Google Calendar To join the DUG and receive mailings about scheduled events, please fill out a membership interest form and/or write to Brownhistdug@gmail.com with any questions you may have.
History DUG leaders also serve as Peer Advisors who are happy to talk about the concentration, history classes, the honors thesis program, etc.
History DUG leaders/Peer Advisors for 2017-2018
CLASS OF 2018
Katy Chu '18 My name is Katy, and I am a senior from Los Angeles. This year, I am writing a thesis about how British missionaries in interwar Egypt worked within imperial contexts. In the History department, I have taken courses on a wide variety of geographical areas (Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Europe) and have developed an interest in the legacies of colonialism. Aside from working with the DUG, I am the Company Manager for Fusion Dance Company, a Genetics TA, and a tutor with Partnership for Adult Learning.
Zoë Gilbard '18 My name is Zoë Gilbard and I am a senior at Brown University, double concentrating in Public Health and History. Within History, I am particularly interested in the development of science and medicine in the modern world, focusing on the social ramifications of changing scientific ideologies. In the future, I hope to pursue both clinical medicine and public health research, in an effort to impact health policy in the United States.
Yang Guo '18 Hi there! My name is Yang Guo from Beijing, China. I am a senior focusing on East Asian and American history. I interned in the US Senate through the Brown in D.C. program and at the Embassy of Canada in D.C.. I am especially interested in how history shapes US and Chinese domestic and foreign policies today. In my spare time, I love to teach, do yoga and sing!
Mika Matsuno '18 "Hello! My name is Mika, and I am a senior double concentrating in History and Sociology. My focus area within History is the British Empire, specifically the period from the mid 19th century to decolonization. In addition, I am quite involved with the Brown Writing Center, and I work with adult education organizations in Providence. I would be happy to talk about the history concentration, double concentrating, writing support, or anything else!"
Michelle Ng '18 Hi! I am Michelle and I am a senior from Hong Kong double concentrating in History and Comparative Literature. I am currently working on a thesis looking at migrant history and identity formation in East Asia. I have taken courses in over thirteen Brown departments so far so if you want advice on how to supplement your history studies with a diverse array of skills across disciplines, I am always down for a chat! Besides being one of the History Departmental Meiks, I am a member of the Brown Debating Union and the Brown-RISD Hong Kong Students' Association.
Sarah Novicoff '18 Hi! I'm Sarah Novicoff, and I'm a senior concentrating in History from Los Angeles, CA. My field of focus is on the modern United States, and my thesis focuses on the first federal psychiatric hospital in the U.S. and its response to the Civil War. Besides coordinating the History DUG, I also volunteer with BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment), give tours around Brown's campus, and research the effect of teacher policy in the Department of Education. I also studied abroad in London last semester!
Owen Parr '18 Hey! I’m Owen Parr and I’m a senior concentrating in History and Political Science from Miami, Florida. My field of focus is modern Latin America and my thesis deals with the experiences of queer Cuban refugees during the Mariel Boatlift. At Brown, I am an ESOL teacher at the MET High School and was a writer and editor for the Brown Political Review Culture section for three years.
Ryan Simshauser '18 My name is Ryan Simshauser, and I am a senior focusing on American History within the Department. I am most interested in post-war American History as well as law and legal history. I am currently writing a senior thesis that combines these interests, focusing on the intersection of drug use, race and athletics and their relation to the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act. I’ve found that the History department offers students a chance to think in new and critical ways about widely accepted narratives, and I’ve greatly enjoyed my courses in the department.
Nathan Vanelli '18 Hi! My name is Nathan and I am a senior concentrating in History and Middle East Studies. Within the History department, my field of focus is the Western Mediterranean. In my case, this means the Maghreb—Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia—as well as France. Most of my activities on campus involve language learning, and my coursework in the History department has allowed me to conduct primary source research in Arabic and French. I would be happy to answer questions about courses in Middle Eastern and North African history, language learning, study abroad, or anything else that comes to mind!
CLASS OF 2019
Talia Brenner '19 My name is Talia Brenner and I am a junior concentrating in history. I have taken a wide range of classes in the department and is especially interested in 20th century U.S. history. I especially value the history concentration’s flexible requirements and wonderful opportunities to connect with professors. Outside of classes, I am a student leader at Brown RISD Hillel and am active with various student theater groups and political organizations on campus.
Hugo Hansen '19 "My name is Hugo Hansen and I am a junior double concentrating in History—with a thematic focus on ethnic politics and conflict—and South Asian Studies. I am interested generally in the politics of identity and the way in which racial, ethnic and religious difference have been constructed and mobilized in order to produce some of humanity’s most heinous episodes of violence. I love studying History at Brown because of the curricular freedom afforded to History concentrators and the willingness of the department’s professors to push back on dominant narratives. Outside of my academics, I am involved in BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment) and Brown’s Asian American Mentoring Program."
Quinton Huang '19 My name is Quinton Huang, and I’m a junior focusing on East Asia within the History concentration. I love the History concentration because every single History professor I've had has been warm, welcoming and supportive to all their students, and because I value the empathy for people of other times, places and circumstances that the study of history instils. My main interests are Hong Kong, Manchuria, Korea and the global Third World. Outside of history, I am also an East Asian Studies concentrator, study Chinese at Brown, and am involved in the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative.
Jane Lichacz '19 Hi! My name is Jane Lichacz and I am a junior, concentrating in History with a field of focus in Modern America. My favorite aspect of the History concentration is the opportunity to work closely with professors and fellow students, for example, through my on-campus job as a Research Assistant. Outside of the History DUG, I am a member of Brown Motion Pictures as well as a tutor at Roosevelt Academy.
Ben Martel '19 Hi, my name is Ben Martel and I am a junior concentrating in history, with a focus on Europe and Judaism. I love the history department at Brown because of the phenomenal professors who teach exciting courses that challenge students to think critically about the past. When I am not studying history, I am involved with Best Buddies, Delta Tau Fraternity, and student music groups.
Meghan Mozea '19 Hi, my name is Meghan Mozea. I am a junior double concentrating in history and education studies. In history my focus is on the African continent. I have a particular interest in learning the histories of places and peoples that are often viewed as the "other", because I believe this is where real understanding comes from. In my time at Brown I have been able to form close relationships with my professors that has enriched each of my history classes. Outside of academics I am a Meiklejohn. I am also heavily involved with BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment) and the Petey Greene Tutoring Program.
Tomi Onabanjo '19 While my full name is Oluwatomisin, I usually just go by Tomi for short. I am currently a junior concentrating in History and Africana Studies. I am particularly interested in the historical, social and cultural relationships between individuals of the African continent and those of the Diaspora. My interest in the History Department largely stems from my ardent belief that there is no means to ameliorate the problems of today, without understanding their roots in the events of the past. I am also one of the co-captains for the Men’s Club Volleyball Team, a tutor for Brown’s Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program, and an upperclassmen mentor in the Black Student Union.
Gabriela Ortiz '19 "Hi! My name is Gabriela Ortiz and I am a junior from Santa Fe, NM. I am concentrating in History with a particular focus on the development of medicine, science and technology in Colonial Latin America. A concentration in History has allowed me to connect with my fellow students, establish meaningful relationships with my professors, and gain a deeper appreciation for the different cultures, languages, and belief systems that have shaped modern society. Outside of history, I am a student coordinator for the BRCC, a member of Brown's Pre-med Society, a student archivist and a licensed EMT."
Julia Rock '19 My name is Julia Rock, and I am a junior concentrating in History and Political Science. My focus in history is “law and society,” and my focus in political science is comparative politics. My favorite parts about the history department include: brilliant and kind professors, Sharpe House and Peter Green House, convincing people that history is an important thing to study, and trying to understand the relationship between different events and movements in history. Also, the professors are awesome. In addition to studying history, I serve as a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, I work as Professor Rockman’s research assistant, I serve as a student ambassador for the office of student conduct, and I am an editor on the Brown PPE Journal and the Brown Journal of History.
Class of 2020
Elijah Broussard '20 My name is Elijah Broussard, and I am from the small town of Cecilia, Louisiana and a sophomore concentrating in history and classics. I am primarily interested in classical antiquity, especially cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean. I also have a strong interest in both ancient and modern languages! The history department at Brown is chock full of passionate and interesting people who help to create a singularly rich learning environment both in and outside of the classroom and I am incredibly excited to be a part of this wonderful department! When not wrapped up in research, I moonlight as a moderator of Brown's premier facebook meme page.
Daniel Jason '20 Hello there! My name is Daniel Jason and I am a junior concentrating in History, with a focus on Modern Latin American history. I also am on the pre-medical track, readying myself for medical school. I love studying history at Brown, as the professors are awesome, the classes are terrific, and my peers are so insightful! When I’m not buried in books and studying, I play the cajon, am an avid photographer, and am probably researching the ins and outs of online education.
Zhenyang He '20 My name is Zhenyang He, and I am a sophomore concentrating in History. I am particularly interested in early modern European history, European intellectual history and philosophy of history. Being in the history department is exciting because here we unveil mysteries, reconstruct lost stories and bring human touch to the past. It is important to study the past with empathy. Outside of history, I do calligraphy and play Go!
Charlie Steinman '20 Hello! My name is Charlie Steinman. I’m a sophomore from Washington, DC, concentrating in history with a focus in medieval Europe and medieval studies. I’m primarily interested in marginalized identities in medieval Europe, cross-cultural encounters in the premodern world, and the origins of the idea of race, but I'm always down to talk about anything even remotely medieval. I love the department's emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to history, the warmth of the professors, and the passion of the concentrators. In addition to spending a lot of time in the Rock, I’m a tour guide, I work at our campus radio station, WBRU, and I perform in an improv comedy troupe called Comic Sans.
Jennifer Zhang '20 I’m Jennifer Zhang, and I’m a sophomore concentrating in History with a particular passion for European history, including the cultural and economic precedents that bloomed during the Renaissance and Early Modern Era, the vast freeing of philosophy and culture during the Enlightenment era, and the turmoil that characterized the turning point that was the French Revolution. I love the History Department because the History Department makes me feel at home at Brown. With a close knit, collaborative community of outstanding and passionate faculty and students, Brown history is a place where everything, from debate, discussion, contemplation, and friendship can be found. Besides the history department, I am also involved in the Brown Pre-Law Society and Model United Nations.