Meet Our Students

Students choose History & Literature because it's an interdisciplinary concentration that provides the structure and flexibility to study what they love. Click through the student profiles below to see the courses that made up each of their individualized paths in History & Literature.

Caleb Shelburne '18

Caleb Shelburne

Field Worksheet:
Modern World: French-Ottoman Encounters
Sophomore Essay Topic: 17th-century French literary depictions of Ottoman nobility
Junior Essay Topic: Enslavement and French Romanticism in a 19th-century travelogue
Senior Thesis Title: "Murmurs on the Orient Express: Ottoman Tracks in European Railway History"

Henry Shah '17

Henry Shah
Field worksheet:
Modern World: Urban Migration
Sophomore essay topic: Violence and displacement in the work of Mauritian poet Khal Torabully
Junior essay topic: South Asian American Identity in San Francisco, 1913-1928
Senior thesis title: Begging Outside the "Dream Factory": Urban Order and the Wandering Poor in Bombay, 1898-1959

Jamie Piltch '17

Jamie Piltch

Field worksheet:
American Studies
Sophomore essay topic: Representations of Muslims in American Sniper
Junior essay topic: Captain America and the Great Depression
Senior thesis title: Training the Worker Citizen: Boston Public Schools and Changing Educational Values During the Great Depression

Ruben Reyes '19

Ruben Reyes

Field Worksheet: Ethnic Studies: Race and Cultural Citizenship in the United States
Sophomore Essay Topic: The 1932 La Matanza Massacre and Salvadoran Indigeneity
Junior Essay Topic: Constructing Salvadoran-Americanness in Javier Zamora's Unaccompanied

Hana Connelly '17

Hana Connelly

Field worksheet:
European Studies: Russia
Sophomore essay topic: Architecture in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We
Junior essay topic:
Romanticism and the Russian imperial periphery
Senior thesis title:
Kidnap in the Caucasus: Rethinking Russian Imperialism in the 19th Century 

Minnie Jang '18

Minnie Jang

Field Worksheet:
Latin American Studies: Global Health
Sophomore essay topic: The U.S. public health campaign during the Panama Canal’s construction
Junior essay topic: The Bolivian film Yawar Malku and the Peace Corps in 1960s Bolivia
Senior thesis title: Tracing Trauma: Discourses and Narratives of Experience in Post-Conflict Peru


Abby Westover '17

Abby Westover

Field worksheet:
Medieval World
Junior essay topic: The symbolic importance of female hair in Medieval French romance
Senior thesis title:
Hair and Female Agency in the European Middle Ages

Sidni Frederick '17

Sidni Frederick

Field worksheet:
Modern World: British and US Empire
Sophomore essay topic: Solidarity between black and East Indian laborers in 1930s Trinidad
Junior essay topic: British civil servants as historical figures
Senior thesis title: The Third Important Event: George Lamming's Literary Critique of the West Indian Search for Citizenship

Gussie Roc '17

Gussie Roc

Field worksheet:
American Studies
Sophomore essay topic: The nomadic "refugee" in contemporary hip hop
Junior essay topic: NeoSoul and nostalgia in India Arie and Lauryn Hill
Senior thesis title: "With Every Tear Comes Redemption": Heartbreak as a Form of Protest in Blues, Beyoncé, and #BlackLives Matter

Sally Chen '19

Sally Chen

Field Worksheet: Ethnic Studies: Asian American Studies
Sophomore Essay Topic: The Politics of Race and Gender in California Women's Suffrage
Junior Essay Topic: The Boston Chinatown Public Libtary

Eileen Macron '17

Eileen Macron

Field worksheet:
European Studies: Great Britain
Sophomore essay topic: British family law and Walter Payne’s The Cruelty Man
Junior essay topic:
Parent-child relationships and Great Britain’s WWII evacuation scheme
Senior thesis title:
Anna Freud and the Hampstead War Nurseries, 1941-1946: A Study on Displacement, Loss, and Reconciliation

Talia Rothstein '17

Talia Rothstein

Field worksheet:
Latin American Studies: Mexico
Sophomore essay topic: Juan Rulfo’s Es que somos muy pobres and post-Revolutionary Mexico
Junior essay topic: Nationalism and representations of the Mexican working class at the Cananea mine

Senior thesis title: La Mulata and the Nation: Narratives of Fear and Desire in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Julia Fay '17

Julia Fay

Field worksheet:
Early Modern World
Sophomore essay topic: The role of the court advisor in Renaissance drama and nonfiction
Junior essay topic:
Reason and religion among the Houyhynhnms
Senior thesis title:
(Almost) Nothing Is Sacred: Satire and Religion in The Praise of Folly