Past Research Associates

American Culture Colloquium, Vassar College 2010:


Participants: Jasmine Brown, Grace Cannon, Willa Conway, Zoe Georgakis, Rachel Gilmer,
Madeleine Joyce, Julia Kann, Irina Kaplan, Rebekka Katz, Jenna Nackel,
Mollie Sandberg, Jacinthe Sasson-Yenor and Lia Simond

Merema Ahmed (Vassar College)

Merema Ahmed is currently a junior of Vassar College’s Class of 2012 where she studies as a History major focusing on African/African-American History with an additional correlate sequence in French and Francophone Studies.

She is working with Professor Höhn as her Ford Scholar (Summer 2010).

Thea Brophy (Calvin College)

Thea Brophy studied World History, English, and Spanish at Calvin College where her undergraduate thesis examined the role of the student protest movement in the Tlatelolco uprising in Mexico City in 1968.

She did graduate work in Latin American history at Rutgers University, focusing on 20th century grassroots movements and social justice issues. She is currently an academic counselor at Calvin College, and also does freelance editing and manuscript consulting work for various historical projects.

She is the winner of this year’s Outstanding Advisors Award of the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA).

Alexander Holmig (Augsburg)

Alexander Holmig studied History, Political Sciences and Sociology at Humboldt University, Berlin. He received his M.A. in 2004.

Since 2006 he worked as a historian and freelance/graduate researcher for „Facts & Files“ Historisches Forschungsinstitut, Berlin, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Berlin and German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington, DC.

He is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis on „Security Politics Bottom Up“ – Blockades against intermediate range nuclear missiles in Mutlangen 1983-1987. For more, please visit

Madeleine Joyce (Vassar College)

Madeleine Joyce is a senior at Vassar College. She is an American Culture major with focuses on History and Drama. She is currently writing her thesis in the form of a play on the different culture African-American soldiers encountered in Germany in the 1950s as compared to what they knew at home in America.

Her involvement with this project began in January of 2009 when she conducted her first interview with a WWII veteran. Since then she has collected more oral histories, and edited those interviews for the website. Madeleine hopes to merge her love for history, drama and social awareness into a career as a theater maker.

Rebecca Katz (Vassar College)

Rebecca Katz is currently a senior at Vassar College, where she is majoring in American Culture with concentrations in history and studio art. She is working on her thesis, a documentary graphic novel on the relationship between collective memories of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and September 11th, 2001 within Jewish, New York families.

Rebecca is excited for the opportunity to document and be a part of AACVR’s conference on African-American Civil Rights and Germany in the 20th Century.

Molly Kumar (Vassar College)

Molly Kumar is a senior at Vassar College. She is a History major focusing on nineteenth-century French Republicanism. Her interest in France’s political heritage was sparked by her semester abroad in Paris.

She is currently researching for her thesis, a study on the treatment of ‘Others’ in France. She hopes to pursue a teaching career after college.

Jane Manchon (Vassar College)


Jane Manchon is a senior International Studies major at Vassar College exploring the moral implications and challenges of filming other cultures. She has worked as a junior consultant in Vassar’s Media Cloisters and now works as a Multimedia Developer in the college’s Visual Resource Library with a focus in video editing and graphic design.

Her senior thesis will culminate in a short film set in Samoa, where she spent a semester abroad. She received two grants (The Geraldine Gewirtz Friedman ’41 Career Development Fund and The June Ross Marks ’49 Travel Fund) that facilitated her two-week return in January 2011 to capture the footage that she is currently editing.

Elisabeth Piller (University of Heidelberg)

Elisabeth Piller received her Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in History (Honors) and Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is especially interested in transnational and American religious history. In her honors thesis she employed the literary review “Decision” (1941) as a lens through which to understand European and American writers’ transcultural dialogue in conceptualizing an intellectual response to the National Socialist notion of “Kultur” before Pearl Harbor.

Her M.A. Thesis will examine the 1920s Ku Klux Klan from a transnational historical perspective and contextualize it within a larger discussion of reactionary populist movements on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jessica Regunberg (Vassar College)

Jessica Regunberg studied history at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie (NY) where she worked as a research assistant for Professor Maria Höhn. In her thesis she examined the role of Jewish female displaced persons in Germany after WWII. She was on the executive board of the Feminist Alliance at Vassar College and has served on the History Majors’ Committee for the last two years.

Graduating from Vassar in 2009 with honors and the prize for the best thesis in history, Jessie is currently teaching high school history at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL.

Adene Wilson (Vassar College)

Adene Wilson attended Vassar College, graduating in 1969 as a music major. After teaching elementary school one year in New Haven, CT, she joined the Spackinkill School System in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she taught first and third grades for thirty-three years, retiring in 2002.

Since retirement, she has studied Italian and German and continues to play the violin. Currently, she tutors students with special academic needs. She is the co-founder of Vassar College’s Modfest, a two-week mini-festival of music, dance, poetry, film and drama now in its eighth year.

American Cultures Senior Colloquium, Vassar College 2008:

“African Americans, Military Service and Civil Rights“ (Vassar College, Spring 2008)

Participants: Katherine Linhardt, Patrick Donachie, Julia Hirsch, Rebecca Flanagan,
Jenny Hartman, Caitlin Russi, Marissa Drell