Editorial Board (2015-16)

The editorial board of the Vanderbilt Historical Review is compromised of undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University who have a keen interest in history, writing, publishing, and digital humanities. In addition, our graduate student and faculty advisor offer expertise and advice on the content of our journal. Interested students are always welcome to join VHR.


Robert Yee is a junior from Boston, MA who is pursuing a double major in History and Economics and a minor in Financial Economics. In addition to the Vanderbilt Historical Review, he is an active member of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Consulting Club and Phi Kappa Psi. He is currently writing his honors thesis on revenue collection and the dividend policy of the British East India Company.

Managing Editors

Kathryn Fuselier is a junior from Harrington Park, NJ currently pursuing a double major in History and Political Science. Her recent internship in the Scottish Parliament inspired her to pursue her honors thesis in History on the subject of eighteenth-century Franco-British Foreign Relations. Alongside her work with the Vanderbilt Historical Review, Katie is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Vanderbilt Student Communications, Inc., President of Voce A Cappella, member of Alpha Chi Omega.

Dylan Rosenfield is a sophomore from Houston, TX who is majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Corporate Strategy. He became interested in history as a result of his participation in Model United Nations in High School, and is most fascinated with American foreign policy during the Cold War. Dylan is also actively involved in Phi Kappa Psi, Undergraduate Political Science Association, Dores for Israel, and Phi Alpha Delta.

Layout Editor

Christoph Sproul is a senior from Key Biscayne, FL. He will be graduating this May with a degree in Economics and minors in German Studies and Political Science. This semester, he is working as a Legislative and Policy intern at the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, in addition to working as a Research Assistant in the Political Science Department.


Mark Michael Astarita is a senior from Haworth, NJ who is currently pursuing a major in Economics and minors in Art and Financial Economics. He is also actively involved as the Treasurer of Phi Kappa Psi, participated in the EVOLVE leadership program, and was a Transfer Student Orientation Leader this past year. He will be working at PwC as a Management Consultant this summer. Also, he has a passion for traveling and has been to 18 countries.

Emilio Contreras is a senior from San Diego, CA who is pursuing a double major in History and Political Science. In addition to the Vanderbilt Historical Review, he has worked as a researcher at the Latin American Public Opinion Project, currently works at the Vanderbilt History Department, and is an active member of Phi Kappa Psi.

Winston Du is a freshman and College Scholar from New York City who is considering a double major in History and Computer Science. You will find his article, “Wiedervereinigung oder Anschluss?” in this issue of the Vanderbilt Historical Review. He is a proud member of the Vanderbilt Debate Team as well as frequent visitor of the Dean’s Book Club.

Caroline Fleischhauer is a sophomore from Pensacola, FL. She is pursuing a double major in History and Public Policy Studies with a focus in health policy. On campus, she also writes for the Vanderbilt Political Review and serves as the Co-President and Founder of Vanderbilt Students for Choice and as Campaign Manager for Vanderbilt College Republicans.

Lindsay Grizzard is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama, majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Classical Guitar Performance and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is co-president of The Vanderbilt Torch and treasurer of Vanderbilt Students for Choice. She also writes for the Vanderbilt Political Review. In her free time, she enjoys playing the drums in the Spirit of Gold Marching Band and participating in her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.

Laura Grove is a sophomore from Houston, TX majoring in History and minoring in Philosophy. She is also a member of the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and holds leadership positions in both organizations. Her favorite time period in history is the American Civil War, and she hopes to continue studying this topic as she pursues a career as an academic.

Josh Hamburger is a junior from Baltimore, MD. He is currently pursuing a double major in Human & Organizational Development and Sociology. He also serves as the Managing Editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler and is an active member of Phi Kappa Psi.

Christine Huang is a sophomore from Taiwan. She is studying History and Public Policy Studies. In addition to her work for the Vanderbilt Historical Review, she is also a research assistant at the Latin American Public Opinion Program and a consultant at the Writing Studio.

Rohan Nag is a junior from India majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Anthropology as a pre-med. He’s also involved in Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science and Vanderbilt Quiz Bowl. He got hooked on history by reading one of those older Napoleon biographies.

Christian Talley is a senior from Chattanooga, TN. He is a history major and is currently writing a senior honors thesis on US-China trade relations in the 1970s, with a particular focus on non-governmental organizations. He is the president of Phi Alpha Theta (the history honors society) and is an editor for the Vanderbilt Political Review. After graduation, he will attend the University of Oxford to complete an MSt in American diplomatic history.

Clara Zou is a junior from Bethesda, MD. She is pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Global History at Vanderbilt University. Her interests include being an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi at school and working with Piqo, a start-up specializing in software development and quantitative investment. A recent visit to the Holland sparked her interest in learning more about the history behind the Northern and Southern Netherlands in the 1800s.

Graduate Student Advisor

E. Kyle Romero is a second-year graduate student in U.S. History at Vanderbilt University. He studies American transnational history and the history of U.S. immigration policy. His current research focuses on private charity groups and American refugee policy in the twentieth century.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Joel Harrington is the Chair of the Department of History and the Centennial Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in the Reformation and early modern Germany, with research interests in various aspects of social history. His most recent book, The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, describes the life of Meister Frantz Schmidt, a sixteenth-century executioner in Nuremberg.