The editorial board of the Vanderbilt Historical Review is composed of undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University who have a keen interest in history, writing, publishing, and the digital humanities. In addition, our graduate student and faculty adviser offer expertise and advice on the content of our journal. Interested Vanderbilt undergraduate students of any major are always welcome to join VHR and can email us at email@example.com for more information.
Editor in Chief
Justin DeMello is a rising senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying both History and Political Science. His topical research interests lie primarily in contemporary American political, social, and intellectual history, with special interests in American Political Development, mass incarceration, and all matters of state-society relations in the Postwar period. His thesis attempts to add to U.S historiography on recent political history by studying the ideological and cultural roots of the Contract with America, its place in the political discourse of the 1990s, and its implications in the contemporary moment as a document with political, intellectual, and cultural significance. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Nashville, preparing for graduate school, and socializing fresh minds into the edgy side of the humanities.
Winston Du is a rising senior double majoring in History and Computer Science. He is primarily interested in twentieth-century world history, especially as it relates to technological innovation and industrialization. On campus, he is also involved with the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory and the Warren College Council.
Patrick Mills is a rising junior from Birmingham, Alabama. He is pursuing majors in Clarinet Performance and Political Science. His primary historical interest is the American Founding, particularly how constitutional ideals established during this period have shaped American history. On campus, Patrick also works as a consultant at the Writing Studio. In his free time, he enjoys free reading and drowning his sorrows in chocolate.
Rachel Friedman is a rising sophomore from Bethesda, MD. She is pursuing double majors in History and Political science and a minor in mathematics. She is primarily interested in colonial and modern Latin America, as well as Latin American- United States relations. On campus, Rachel is also involved in Greek life and the Vanderbilt Hustler.
Anna Qian is a freshman from Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is trying to figure out what she wants to study. She is torn between a History major with a Science, Medicine, and Technology concentration, a double major in History and French, and a Business minor. Her historical interests include French history from the Ancien Regime to the Revolutions of 1848, and she is especially interested in the French Revolution. In her free time, she enjoys long nature walks and writing for the Vanderbilt Hustler.
Austin C. Travers is a senior double majoring in History and Human and Organizational Development. He is interested in European and particularly World War II history, and has run with the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Brynna Hall is a senior at Vanderbilt, majoring in History with a concentration in American history. She has worked as a research assistant in the History Department, and is currently interning with the Department of Education at Belle Meade Plantation, crafting History curriculum and researching the power of empathy in public history. In addition to her work with the Vanderbilt Historical Review, she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Vanderbilt Review, the undergraduate arts and literary anthology on campus.
Cameron Rohall is a senior from Winchester, Massachusetts, pursuing majors in History and Political Science with a minor in Cello Performance. His primary research interest is the colonial Atlantic world, and he is currently writing an honors thesis on sugar planters and their effects on British society in the eighteenth century. He is interested in a career in politics, and has worked for members of Congress in Washington and Nashville. On campus, Cameron is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and serves on the Interfraternity Council executive board.
Christine Huang is a senior 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.
Jonathan Hung is a freshman in the School of Engineering and a lifelong history buff, with interests in Roman, Byzantine, and post-Civil War American history. He hopes to pursue a degree in Biomedical or Chemical Engineering with a minor in African American and Diaspora Studies.
Jorge Salles Diaz is a senior Economics and History major and Philosophy minor. This summer, he was a Littlejohn Fellow and the research assistant for History professor Jefferson Cowie. In addition to the Vanderbilt Historical Review, Jorge is involved in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and is an avid dog walker at the Nashville Humane Association.
Kavi Saxena is a junior from Lakeland, Florida, majoring in Economics & History. He’s largely interested in the economic history of North America but also finds ancient Greek history fascinating. Outside of VHR, on campus Kavi is also involved in Greek life and Martha O’Bryan World Cup.
Laura Grove is a senior from Houston, Texas, majoring in American History and minoring in Corporate Strategy. She is a member of the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Phi Alpha Theta (the History honors society), where she serves as President. She also works as a Research Assistant at Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and University Archives. Her favorite time period in history is the American Civil War.
Lindsay Grizzard is a senior from Mobile, Alabama, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Classical Guitar Performance. She is the President of Mortar Board and treasurer of Vanderbilt Students for Choice. In her free time, she enjoys leading a Girl Scout troop, backpacking, and participating in her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.
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.
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.