Hometown: Markleville, IN
Currently: Completing the History Ph.D. program at the Ohio State University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: History with Departmental Honors
Minor: Spanish, English, Anthropology
Institution Indiana University
Class of: Spring, 2016
Brief statement about how the McNair Scholars Program helped you get where you are today.
Being an only child from a poor background, I didn't have any guidance for any part of my college career. I knew I wanted to go to Grad school, but I had no idea what I would have to do to get to that point. Plus being in history, research wasn't something that I knew how to approach. But with their help, and the opportunities they have provided me, I was able to complete my first research project, and I've received great feedback both from the people in my program, and people throughout the country, an opportunity I would not have normally had.
Any advice for new McNair Scholars?
The research part seems daunting, but it isn't as bad as it seems. Just take it one step at a time, and pretty soon you'll be on top.
My interests for research tend to focus on perception of major events. Knowing what happened in the Civil War is good and all, but knowing how people perceived, and what they thought of, the Civil War is something completely different. I'm particularly interested in how historical events are depicted in textbooks that were contemporary with the time of the event. The biases that they included and how they could be used as a form of indoctrination and patriotism in school children is something that fascinates me.