Arranne Paige-Rispoli

Arranne Paige-Rispoli.

Arranne Paige-Rispoli, MA Student

MA Student

What drew you to graduate work at UB?

Fortunate to have been a witness to the thunderous orations of one Dr. Larry Jones, as well as a student in Richard A. Bailey’s seminar in Race and Religion, I was pulled towards a career in academia. Having the desire to remain local, and developing an interest in race and religion in Colonial America, I knew UB would provide me with a fantastic opportunity to develop as an individual and as a student (and budding Americanist).

What has been your favorite class or experience so far?

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. Erik 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.

What do you hope to do after graduation, and how do you see your degree preparing you for that goal?

Just a few weeks ago, I accepted a position with Teach for America for the 2019-2021 school years in Baltimore. I’m not sure what school I’ll be placed at, but I know I’ll be teaching Social Studies. Naturally, I’ll have a foundation of historical knowledge that my peers who only have a bachelors may not have. Beyond that, my time at UB has equipped me with an ambition to pursue a Ph.D. after my time with TFA. The Master’s program has allowed me to receive a taste of that life.

What are your favorite history spots in the Buffalo-Niagara area?

That is a firm tie between where McKinley’s was assassinated and Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration site. Also, Gino’s Pizza on Elmwood is historically significant to me because that is where I found a man could find love in a slice of pie.

If you could have dinner with one famous historical person, who would it be?

Eugene Genovese for a multitude of reasons. I’ll explain two of them. One, we’d most likely dine at an Italian restaurant. It is truly amazing how at ease tomato sauce can make two people feel. Second, his work Roll, Jordan, Roll has fundamentally changed my life, and I look to it often as a source of historical inspiration. His theoretical framework of cultural hegemony (as developed by Antonio Gramsci) can be applied to most all history across time and space, and I’d love for him to impart an even greater understanding of it to me.