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. 

4/19/18
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.
10/12/18
I wanted to go to college to be a teacher, but UB did not have that as an option for undergrads, and because I knew I wanted to teach history, I became a history major.
11/30/18
My favorite course in the history department was a special topics history course that studied the history of crime, punishment and imprisonment in the United States, and how each of these things relate to African American history. The course dealt with complex themes and encouraged students to think critically about modern race relations in the United States.
10/12/18
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.
10/12/18
I’ve always loved reading, writing, and telling stories. When I was in high school, I realized that there were some stories that carried more significance than others to me, and those were historical stories. I remember hearing the quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
11/9/18
I currently study African American and urban history following World War II. My focus is on Black Power organizations in Rustbelt areas; I study how these organizations responded to federal initiatives such as urban renewal that often led to the destruction of minority homes and communities. Following graduation, I envision myself working for a think-tank or a non-profit organization in a policy capacity.
3/26/18
After graduating I continued my work as the Coordinator of Jewish Student Life for Hillel of Buffalo in a full time role. Through Hillel International, I was accepted to the Ezra Fellowship.
3/26/18
If you enjoy learning about history, working with renowned scholars within various fields on a personal basis, creating and conducting your own research limited only by your imagination, and generally enjoy the company of fellow nerds and actually having fun in an academic setting, then I would say “Welcome to the University at Buffalo!” because you’ve found the right place!
12/4/18
History is the most fascinating and intriguing subject to me because I believe it is important to study where we came from, how societies developed, and history can even teach us about our futures. Becoming part of the History Department at UB was one of my best decisions as it is full of the greatest professors on campus and the most interesting of subjects, there is something for everyone.
11/13/18
I have loved ever single history class I have taken. If I were to choose to pick a favorite, it would be HIS 391:China and the World with Professor Stapleton.