Meet Our Students

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and pursue a variety of different careers, but they have one thing in common: a desire to understand the past. We're honored to help them on their journey. Learn more about why our students think the University at Buffalo Department of History is the perfect place to study. 

Choosing to become a history major was never something I thought twice about. After my first semester of college, I knew that I wouldn’t enjoy my time at UB if I wasn’t reading, writing, and learning about the things I’m passionate about.
I went to UB as an undergraduate and was blown away by the knowledge and skill of the history department faculty. The classes I attended as an undergrad were fascinating and insightful, and they shaped the way I look at the world today. When it came time to decide on a graduate school, I knew I wanted to continue my research with a department that had already taught me so much.
As a freshman, I originally applied to UB as a business major. During the summer after high school graduation, I began to have doubts regarding this choice and contacted an advisor to discuss my decision. I spoke with Janeen Wilder and she was immensely helpful.
Prior to coming to UB as a transfer student in 2015, I attended St. Bonaventure University where I was an International Studies major. I had always had an affinity with anything related to history but I wasn’t so sure about majoring in it.
My history degree has helped me immensely in my pursuit of a law degree. I learned early on to not only spot issues, but to determine the why and how these issues came to be.
Initially, the prospect of working with Dr. Claire Schen drew me to UB. I became familiar with her work as a master’s student and was excited at the opportunity to study under her. What solidified my decision was the welcoming environment that I experienced during my campus visit and the interdisciplinary approach that the department takes with regards to courses and research work.
Since starting the PhD program here, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of opportunities grad students can take advantage of. Research and conference funding is available from a number of sources, and the department has given me the opportunity to teach three of my own classes.
I graduated from the University at Buffalo in May of 2009 with a BA in History and Teacher Education Minor. My degree created an opening at a non-profit agency where I assisted over-aged and under credited at-risk students earn their high school diploma.
After meeting with Dr. Radford, I was convinced that the Masters Program would be an intellectually stimulating and welcoming program!
I am forever indebted to the instruction of each member of the faculty I’ve encountered at UB. Each has taught me so much about the historian’s craft, but Reading Early American History with Dr. Eric Seeman and 20th Century German Readings with Dr. Andreas Daum have been my most treasured experiences thus far. As a professional, having the privilege to work as a Teaching Assistant has also been incredibly rewarding.