Examine How the Past Affects Us Now.
Justin Evert ’11
What I enjoyed most about Arcadia was the opportunity for personal contact with and attention from professors and the small class sizes.
Dr. Geoff Haywood, Associate Professor of History, always challenged the way I thought about things. The classes I took with him, and his skills as a historian, adviser and educator, are part of the reason why I want to become a professor myself. For my two theses, I examined the 19th century and how—in two very distinct ways—the past affects us now. My History Thesis focused on how a particular historical event (the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, for instance) is written about, remembered, and discussed by generations of historians. That the interpretations continue to evolve is very telling with regard to both history as a discipline and to human memory.
For my Political Science Thesis, I studied the consolidation of a societal group (in this case, American farmers) into a significant politically mobilized voting block, which in turn provides precedent for the types of vote-courting seen in modern politics (e.g., “Soccer Moms” and “NASCAR Dads”). These research projects have challenged me immensely and also introduced me to methods of thinking and research strategies that will prove helpful in graduate work.
- History and Political Science Majors
- The Doris E. and John B. Hulse Memorial Award
- Gargoyle Literary Magazine
- The History Department Distinguished Achievement Award