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.  Please contact Prof. Holly Case, the DUS ([email protected]), if you'd like to be added to the DUG events and announcements mailing list.

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 2022-2023

Class of 2023

medium_Toby-photo.jpegHello, and a warm welcome to the History Department!  I'm Toby Berggruen, and I'm originally from New York, where I graduated from Saint Ann's School.  At Brown I study History and the History of Art and Architecture.  I'm also involved in several extracurricular activities: I'm a tour guide at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, an editor of the Brown Journal of History, and a faciltator of Self-Expression for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.  In the past, I've worked at the John Carter Brown Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society, and have been both a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor and a BRYTE tutor.  My primary area of focus is American intellectual and cultural history.  In particular, I'm interested in the literature of King Philip's War, the Black Atlantic, British North American visual culture, Transcendentalism, and utopian socialist experiments.  Within the History Department, I've found a true community of scholars made up of individuals from all backgrounds, united by their shared passion for ideas.  Please don't hestiate to reach out to me at any point; I'd love to hear from you.

medium_IMG_7182.jpgHi! I’m Michal Loren and I’m a senior from Philadelphia, PA studying History with a focus in the early modern world. I’m particularly interested in gender, science/magic/knowledge, everyday life, witchcraft, nature, and public history, among lots of other things. I’ve had the honor of being supported by History faculty, staff, and fellow students in so many ways throughout my time at Brown, so I’m super excited to be on the DUG this year. I’m also president of Brown Active Minds, a Meiklejohn peer advisor, an editor for the Brown Journal of History, and a student worker at the John Hay Library. I’d love to talk with you about any of these things!

medium_image.pngHi folks! My name is Ben Rosenn, and I'm from New York City. I’m concentrating in history, and am currently penning my senior thesis on the rise of the "Play Street" program in New York City and its impact on our social understanding of urban space and recreation. The things that I love most about concentrating in history here at Brown is how passionate history students are about their work, and, more importantly, how eager they all are to share what they are learning with one another. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have yet to take a class in the history department that I didn’t love. Aside from the DUG, I am one of the co-leaders of Brown's Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) and have/do participate in Brown Theatre, The Brown Religious Literacy Project, Brown Political Review, Brown Jewish Life, and the Rhode Island Center for Justice. Feel free to reach out so we can chat!

medium_robert m.jpgMy name is Robert Murray, I’m studying History with a focus on pre-modern Europe. I really enjoy Roman history courses and anything to do with the middle ages. I’m also the Vice President of RUSA (Resumed Undergraduate Student Association), and active with the Brown Student Veterans. Prior to coming to Brown, I was in the Marine Corps and served as a tank crewman.


Class of 2024

medium_Sarah Liu .jpgHi! I’m Sarah Liu and I’m from Dalian, China. I’m planning on concentrating in history and CS, with a particular interest in women’s history. I love studying history at Brown because I’m surrounded by a group of incredibly talented and dedicated classmates, as well as passionate and welcoming professors. My favorite part of history classes is definitely the discussions. I get to learn so much from the amazing insights of others. I’m super excited to be a part of DUG this year, and I'd love to chat about anything, history-related or not! Outside of the history DUG, I’m a TA for CS15, a senior editor at the Brown Journal of History and the co-head of recruitment at French House. Looking forward to meeting you!

medium_Janelle Barnett .jpgHi everyone! My name is Janelle Barnett ‘24 and I’m planning to double concentrate in History and Public Health.  I’m most interested in American history, specifically the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.  History courses have been some of my favorite classes that I’ve taken at Brown thus far.  The professors are so enthusiastic about their fields of study and they make classes very interesting and engaging.  Outside of history, I’m a TA for PHP0310 and I’m also a proud member of Brown HOSA and the Brown Band.


medium_madeline v.jpgMy name is Madeleine Verity and I’m from Greater Boston. I’m planning to concentrate in International and Public Affairs and History. I’m very interested in American history, and especially the history of the American West and public lands management. Taking history courses from a wide range of specific eras and locations has been my favorite part of Brown so far! I’m super excited to be a part of the DUG this year and to keep observing how much the History Department has to offer. Outside of history, I’m a volunteer for the Brown Market Shares program, a Fitness Assistant at the Nelson Fitness Center, and an editor for the Brown Journal of World Affairs.