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Christina Portuallo graduated with a BA in History in spring of 2021. She just completed her second year at FSU's College of Law. In this interview, Portuallo talks about how being a History major prepared her for law school.

Caroline Hackett, a PhD candidate in early modern French history, directed a UROP project on the relation between women and property in Old Regime Languedoc. She mentored two undergraduate students, Emily, a first-year International Affairs and Human Rights major, and Heesu, a first-year History major, working on primary sources both in English and French.

I am Alice Zhang; I am a fourth-year PhD candidate in History at Florida State University. I am working on the history of Chinese adoptions to the U.S. In spring 2023, I was on a Walbolt fellowship that allowed me to go to Minneapolis for research. I worked at the International Social Welfare History Archive on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Jordyn McTavish graduated with a BA in History from Florida State University in spring of 2022.
She just completed her first year at FSU’s College of Law. In this interview, McTavish shares how she prepared for law school and what sets law school apart from undergrad. Her thoughts on having been a History major in undergrad: "Law is a good option for History students. And History is a good option for students wanting to do law. History prepared me very well for law school."

Mackenzie double majored in History and Anthropology in fall 2022. She is currently pursuing an MA in FSU's School of Communication. Mackenzie was an intern for three semesters. Here she talks with Alyssa Bynum about her experiences.

Hi, I am Mallory, a senior double-majoring in History and English. I am also a Presidential Scholar at FSU, and I graduated this past Spring Semester. My research looks at the overlap between history and literature, examining how fiction can be a source for historical research and for crafting historical narratives where archival material might be lacking.

While he was completing his PhD in History, Justin Vos joined the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability which is the non-partisan research office of the Florida legislature. In this interview, Vos describes his work responsibilities: conducting research, analyzing data, and writing reports on a variety of topics. Vos explains that historians "are trained to ask 'why' which is a valuable question that can get lost when just reporting data and numbers. Historians can look beyond the numbers to ask what the data is telling us. Historians are storytellers. They can help take numbers and turn them into a story with meaning."

Elizabeth Richardson took Dr. Andrew Frank's 'FSU and the Seminole Tribe' for her senior seminar class. The project she researched and wrote on provides an in-depth analysis of the Native American imagery utilized by Florida State from the time the university chose the Seminoles as its icon in 1947 to the symbolism employed by the university today. "Being raised a Gator, I knew only a little about Florida State’s traditions and nothing about FSU’s real connection to the Seminole tribe. This course provided me with mountains of information regarding FSU’s history, becoming my favorite undergrad course, ...".

A tribute to Dr. Laurie Wood (1985-2023)

In this interview, Taylor Tobias shares his experiences transitioning from graduate school to working as an assistant professor of History at Castleton University in Vermont. Tobias comments: "While not all parts of the move have been easy (Vermont’s bone-chilling, seven stages of winter have certainly been a hurdle for someone who has lived his whole life in Florida), I’ve nonetheless been surprised at how many of the new challenges at my job engage skills I learned at FSU."