Student Achievements

The USF Department of History is immensely proud of the many achievements of its graduate students. Below are a few of them. If you would like to see your achievements or the achievements of another graduate student detailed on this page, please email Matt King with information about them and their work!

Madeliene Kraft and Ryan Hom presented their research at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans. Madeliene's paper, "Digitization of the Abbatija tad-Dejr Catacombs in Rabat, Malta" considered her current archaeological research on the island of Malta. Ryan's paper, "Ancient Greek Mercenaries Abroad Mapping Project" looked at the geographic distribution of ancient Greek mercenaries.





A project spearheaded by Angela Costello and Kylie Dillinger for the Institute for Digital Exploration that digitizes and visualizes a Japanese-American detention camp in Colorado was featured in the HUB.

Stephan Hassam, Kaitlyn Kingsland, Madeleine Kraft and Juliana Whittinglow presented to USF donors the highlights of their archaeological work in Malta!

Angela Costello was selected for the Dumbarton Oaks Museum Graduate Study Day The award will cover her travel/lodging expenses to get to Washington, D.C. and to conduct one day of research there.

Morgan Greig and Hannah Tweet were admitted to PhD programs at the University of Cambridge and University of Michigan (respectively) in Fall 2022. Both students were involved in the La Florida project at the USF St. Pete campus and will build off this work in these graduate programs.

Michael LoSasso recently published an article in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  Drawn from his dissertation research on television portrayals of World War II during the cold war, the article discusses the first Soviet-American television production, The Unknown War, as a product of 1970s Détente.  Unlike most pervious American portrayals, The Unknown War discussed the importance of the Eastern Front.  You can read the article here.

Kaitlyn Kingsland had the paper “Stories and Changing Social Norms: Exploring How Video Games Reflect Society through the case study of Dragon Age” accepted for presentation at the DiGRA 2022 conference organized by the Digital Games Research Association in Guadalajara (Mexico) in April 2022. The paper was also accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the ​conference.

PhD candidate Stephan Hassam has been awarded a Fulbright-IIE research fellowship to Italy in 2022-2023.

PhD student Rachel Sanderson was one of only eight graduate students to receive funding from the Huntington Library to present her research at the “New and Emerging Studies of the Spanish Colonial Borderlands” workshop in March 2022.

PhD candidate Hanna Lipsey received a 2022 OAH Travel Award for PhD students from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era as well as a 2021 Russel F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant from the Society for Military History to present her work at the OAH and the Society for Military History.

MA student Reagan Vernon presented a paper on the “ambiguous accusation of heresy against Protestant reformer George Wishart” at the 2022 Florida Conference of Historians.

After two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, Ashley Buchanan (who received her PhD from USF in 2018) was hired as an Associate Director of Fellowships at the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C. Check out this interview with Ashley from January 2022 in which she discusses her own research and her roll at the Folger Institute. 

Angela Costello had the paper “Anachronistic and Impulsive: Echoes of the Classics as Interwoven in the World-Building Catalog of VNV Nation” accepted for presentation at the next Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South that will be held at the Wake Forest University in Winston-Sale (NC) in March 2022.