John Oshei

John Oshei.

John Oshei, BA Student

BA Student

What drew you to a History major at UB?

I became a History Major after Dr. Claude Welch in the Political Science Department recommended Dr. Harold Langfur’s “History of Brazil” class after I made a special class presentation on civil-military relations in the Lusophone world. I was interested in political history because I read atlases from the 1950s when I was younger and I wanted to learn how international borders became shaped. 

What has been your favorite class or experience so far?

“Nineteenth Century European History” with Dr. Sasha Pack, and “Race Religion and Sex in Early Modern Europe” (which also covered North Africa and New World empires), were so revelatory because they showed me how processes and policies occurring in one area of the world shaped the political cultures in other regions. Dr. Dalia Muller’s course on the history of Latin America has given me the confidence to fluently discuss Argentinian and Brazilian politics at think-tank events. 

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

I will pursue the Joint Political Science and Law P.h.D./J.D. here at SUNY Buffalo after I graduate. I also hope to intern at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. My History degree has honed my organizational and argumentation skills incredibly, with professors and internship managers praising me for my editing and writing ability.