Congratulations Class of 2018!


We are proud to announce Taylor Greene, Stephanie Merinoff, Ryan Lenzmeier and Derrick Kay as our newest recipients of the Master of Arts degree in History and Austin Robinson, Gillian Mahoney, Xavier Klonowski, Anna Killian, Claire Du Laney, Taylor de Klerk, Teddi Burnett, Leah Bullard, Sarah Almond, and Mary Albritton as our newest recipients of the Master of Arts degree in Public History.

Taylor Greene worked under the direction of Dr. Megan Cherry on his thesis entitled, "No man can interfere with you: Sir William Johnston and British American Networks of Power, 1738-1774," focused on the career of the British Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Northern American Colonies. Taylor argues that Johnson's diplomatic career is an excellent portrait of how power and political networks operated in the British Atlantic empire. Taylor's deeply-researched thesis investigated the ways in which Sir William Johnston levied political patronage networks on both sides of the British Atlantic and mastered Haudenosaunee diplomatic principles to uphold the long-lasting alliance between the Iroquois and the British in the eighteenth century. Taylor intends to embark on a teaching career, and thanks his family for all their support.

Ryan Lenzmeier’s thesis entitled, “Le Faux Tabac: Northern French Tobacco Smuggling and Taxation in the Eighteenth Century“ was completed under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Vincent. The thesis looks at at the intersection of commerce, consumption, taxes, and smuggling in France during the 18th century. It focuses on the increased popularity and consumption of tobacco (much of it produced in the Chesapeake); on the commercial relations that were responsible for bringing it into France; on the imposition of taxes on tobacco by the French state; and, on how this led to smuggling and tax resistance in the regions of northern France that were in close proximity to England and the Netherlands. It is a history that raises questions about the sovereignty and power of the French state during the 18th century, and about the tensions that led ultimately to the French Revolution. Ryan will spend the 2018-2019 school year teaching English in France as a part of the Teaching Abroad Program in France (TAPIF). 

Stephanie Merinoff’s thesis, written under the direction of Dr. Brent Sirota, is entitled "The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Formation of the English State." It examines a rebellion that occurred in northern England in the 1530s. Long considered a Roman Catholic reaction to the Protestant Reformation under Henry VIII, Stephanie's thesis focuses on the political and economic grievances that fueled the rebellion. Her research re-frames the Pilgrimage as a conservative protest against the the consolidation of the Tudor state. After graduation, Stephanie plans to continue her work as a historian in the Triangle area.

Our Public History graduates completed internships at a variety of places and worked on diverse projects during their time at State. 

Austin Robinson completed her internship at the NC State Visual Narrative Initiative. She geolocated historic photographs of Raleigh for the Urban Panorama Project. She also used ArcGIS online to map the homes and workplaces of people in Manhattan’s 19th- and 20th-century oyster industry. Austin will spend the summer working in Special Collections at NCSU Libraries.

Gillian Mahoney interned at the National Museum of American History. She researched how the NMAH had previously, and inconsistently, applied data standards to accessioned records as well as how other Smithsonian institutions and large national history museums have applied data standards. She wrote several case studies of how other art or history museums have applied archival or library-style data standards to their collections. She will be continuing her education in the fall through our dual degree program with the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Xavier Klonowski worked at the Chicago History Museum for his internship. He researched on the deaths of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, creating lists of those who were identified and those who remained missing after the conflagration.

Anna Killian completed her internship at the North Dakota State Heritage Museum where she assisted with design, creation, and installation of an exhibit on the 75th anniversary of the state’s Civil Conservation Corp. She has taken a position at the Big Hole National Battlefield in Montana where she will work with the Nez Perce Nation to expand historical interpretations at the park.

Claire Du Laney performed her internship at the Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey where she created an exhibit on World War One and gave a public lecture on the materials that she used and her experience as an exhibit curator. She will be continuing her education in the fall through our dual degree program with the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Taylor de Klerk’s internship was at the Braddock Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, where she processed archival collections. She will be continuing her education in the fall through our dual degree program with the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Teddi Burnett interned at North Carolina’s State Capitol where she inventoried and created an exhibit an exhibit on the artifacts left at the state’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She also interned with the Raleigh Police Department, creating an exhibit honoring fallen officers which was displayed at the City of Raleigh Museum.

Leah Bullard completed her internship at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where she worked in the presidential library to design, develop, and facilitate programming for corporate and government clients. Leah has taken a position in the administrative offices at George Washington's Mt. Vernon.

Sarah Almond performed her internship at the National Gallery of Art. She worked in the archives on the Index of American Design digitization project. She will be continuing her education in the fall through our dual degree program with the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Albritton interned at the Dorsey Museum at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. She created and implemented twelve weeks of summer camp programming at the museum and also was in charge of the museum and its volunteers when the director was off-site. After graduation, she is moving to Nashville to look for employment closer to family.