Student scholarly activities

History majors participated "Discover Scotland" program.  Students, led by Dr. Kathy Callahan, had the opportunity to explore their own research interests in Scotland, and understand the cultural and historic landscape of Scotland in the Summer 2019.


Five faculty from Murray State’s Department of History took 29 students from their classes to Alabama during spring break to bring their classes alive.
Over four days, the five history classes visited a number of sights with connections to  their courses, including the Tuskegee Legacy Museum, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery.  Dispersed throughout the itinerary were lectures and discussions led by faculty teaching in the program and guest speakers such as Mark Potok, a former senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.


CIV and Directed Students studied Conflict and Empire while in London during spring break 2018. Fourteen students, led by Dr. Callahan and Dr. Hilton, visited St. Paul's Cathedral, The Imperial War Museum, The British Museum, Tate Britain Gallery, an interactive event on Women's Suffrage sponsored by the National Archives, The National Maritime Museum, the Churchill War Rooms, Hampton Court Palace, among other historic sites. Our studnets, Maegann Hardison, Erin Wallace, Elizabeth Dunn and Amanda Sadler, conducted research for Directed Study Projects at archives in London.

Class at the British Museum
Class at the British Museum

Karl Marx'sgrave at Highgate
Karl Marx's grave at Highgate

Sydney Anthony and Jill Guetersloh at the National Archives

Murray State University History Department was strongly represented at the 17th annual Posters-at-the-Capitol program held on Thursday February 8, 2018 at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Our students, Laura Guebert, Chloe Chaplin (both mentored by Dr. Callahan) and Erin Wallace (mentored by Dr. Pizzo), presented their projects to those responsible for crafting higher education policy in Kentucky.

Posters at the Capitol 

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Posters c

Posters d


Students from our history department presented their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2018.  This trip was led by Dr. Callahan and Dr. Irvin to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research and intellectual exchanges among history students and teachers.

Tracey NewportTracey Newport is presenting "Caustic are the Ties that Bind: America and the Congolese"


Eric GrayEric Gray is presenting "Early Modern Transformations of European States and Societies"


Lydia BiggsLydia Biggs is presenting "Transnational Influences of Early Jesuit Scholars and Explorers in the New World from 1560-1700"


Ben AshbyBen Ashby is presenting "His Majesty's Most Stubborn Opposition: Parliamentary Support for the American Colonies"


Phi Alpha Theta 2018 group photoConference Presenters with Dr. Irvin


Students from our history department presented their research at Scholars Week, November 13-17, 2017.  Scholars Week, a university-wide celebration of undergraduate and graduate scholarship, research and creative work, occurs each Fall and Spring semester. This event consists of oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibits and performance opportunities for individual undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and schools to present either their independent or course-associated research as well as scholarly, or creative work.

Laura Guebert's Honors Thesis presentationLaura Guebert's Honors Thesis Presentation


Josh Mucci's Honors Thesis presentationJosh Mucci's Honors Thesis Presentation


Erin Wallace's Honors Thesis presentationErin Wallace's Honors Thesis Presentation