History Department

The History Majors Committee is a resource for students and faculty alike to help organize events and communicate ideas to improve the History program at Wes! We organize film screenings, thesis coffee hours, and even helped shape the module system. We are a group of students who are really excited about History and are here to help!


Cassie Garvin, 2014 (cgarvin@wesleyan.edu)

Cassie is a senior double major in History and Government; her concentrations are Worlds, Empires, and Encounters and International Politics, respectively. She is writing a senior thesis about material culture exchange between Native peoples and European settlers in the Northeast of colonial North America and the role of this exchange in the formation of an “American” identity leading up to the American Revolution. She studied abroad in Canberra, Australia in the spring of her Junior year. She plans to pursue costume design and production for film or television after graduation.

Tina Jung, 2015 (hjung@wesleyan.edu)

Tina is a junior international student from South Korea, double majoring in East Asian Studies and History. Her modules are Contemporary History and Social Movements & Revolutions.

Earl Lin, 2015 (elin@wesleyan.edu)

Earl Lin is a junior, double majoring in History and American Studies. His modules in the history major are North America and Religion, with particular interests in early United States history, twentieth century United States history, and secularism. He is in the process of planning a thesis on mid-twentieth century urban renewal in Middletown and New Haven, Connecticut as a case study in cooperative federalism. Earl has also had his essay “From Olmstead to Katz: The Construction of a Constitutionally Protected Soundscape” published in Historical Narratives, Wesleyan’s undergraduate history journal, and currently sits on the journal’s editorial board.

Carolyn Lipp, 2014 (clip@wesleyan.edu)

Carolyn Lipp is a senior concentrating in European history. She is currently working on a history thesis that examines the interactions between Jewish displaced persons and Americans in three Jewish displaced persons camps in U.S.-occupied Germany after World War II.

Emma Rothberg, 2015 (erothberg@wesleyan.edu)

Emma Rothberg is a junior concentrating in U.S history and Race.  Her primary area of interest is the 19th century, specifically the antebellum period and the Civil War. Her senior thesis will explore an aspect of reconstructed memory in the post bellum United States.

Kelly Toy, 2014 (ktoy@wesleyan.edu)

Kelly Toy is a senior double major in American History and French Studies. She is writing a senior thesis that explores the impact of the Women’s Movement of the 1970s on the historical and political development of the office of the First Lady of the United States. She studied abroad on the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris during the Spring 2013 semester.

Shannon Welch, 2014 (swelch@wesleyan.edu)

Shannon is a senior double major in American Government and American History. She is writing a senior thesis about the dynamics of conversion in New England in the late seventeenth century between Protestants, Jesuits, and the Abenaki peoples. She will be pursuing law school after graduation, and interned in the National Archives.