Editorial Board

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 faculty advisors 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 vanderbilt.historicalreview@gmail.com for more information.

Editor-in-Chief

Justin DeMello is a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota studying both History and Political Science. His research interests lie primarily in contemporary American political, social, and intellectual history, with special interests in American political development, mass incarceration, and all manners of state-society relations in the postwar period. His honors thesis is a communication-political history of Newt Gingrich, the Republican Speaker of the House from 1995-1999 and a pivotal figure in the polarization of American politics in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Using primary sources from print, visual, and radio media, the thesis posits that Gingrich’s conceptualization of new uses of media to re-invent and re-vitalize the Republican Party spanned years before his speakership, and represent a groundbreaking project of political polarization that bears parentage to contemporary partisanship. In his free time, Justin enjoys exploring Nashville, reading pedagogy scholarship, and socializing fresh minds into the edgy side of the humanities.

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Winston Du is a senior from New York City double majoring in History and Computer Science. He is primarily interested in twentieth-century world history and foreign policy. He is also curious about how modern societies have historically conceptualized various technological innovations, and how such conceptions have guided political and economic behavior. In his spare time, he reads books about design-thinking, which he believes is the best philosophy for improving lives, and follows developments in US politics and international affairs.

Managing Editor

Patrick Mills is a 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.

Senior Editor

Rachel Friedman is a 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.

Layout Editor

Skyler Froese is a sophomore from Columbia, MO. She is studying American history and German language. Besides being a staff member for the Vanderbilt Historical Review, she is a member of the McGill Project and recently participated in the Buchanan Fellowship program.

Staff Editors

Thomas G. Love is a senior concentrating in Economics and History, with minors in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics. He harkens from Cambridge, MA, Cooperstown, NY, and the Triangle in N. Carolina. Thomas has served as a manager for a student-run business, a homeless shelter, and also contributed to Vanderbilt Alumni Association efforts. Focused primarily on economic histories, including 20th century business cases in newsprint and textiles, he looks forward to making a positive impact in industry and investments in the future. He enjoys tennis and sailing for fun, and participated in Vanderbilt’s Sailing team.

Jonathan Hung is a sophomore double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. A lifelong history buff, he is interested in Roman, Byzantine, and post-Civil War American history. Aside from the review, he is involved with the Center for Structural Biology, the NAACP, Camp Kesem, and Health Guardians of America.

Lauren Bamonte is a sophomore from Tiverton, Rhode Island. She is majoring in History with a concentration in American history. In her free time, she enjoys playing on the Vanderbilt Club Field Hockey team, tutoring local youth in reading, and exploring Nashville.

Ramchandra Reddy is a junior from Upland, CA majoring in History and minoring in Hindi. Some of his more politically charged historical interests include geopolitics, nationalist and ethnic conflicts, and the military in terms of foreign policy. His favorite era is the Cold War, especially the civil conflicts that erupted across the Middle East and Africa. Besides his interests in history, Ram is a member of the Vanderbilt Political Review as well as the Trapshooting Team.

Riley McCormick is a sophomore from from Nashville, TN. Riley is a History major with a concentration in European History. He is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and produces content for VandyRadio.com in addition to the Vanderbilt Hustler sports section. In his free time, Riley enjoys playing Vanderbilt Club Baseball and listening to indie / jam bands.

Omri Bein is a junior from Clemson, South Carolina majoring in Economics with minors in Business and Jewish Studies. He is interested in the history of trade in the middle east and history in general. Outside of the Vanderbilt Historical Review, Omri is a life guard and a member of DFI.

Stephen Reisner is a junior from Atlanta, GA. Stephen is a History major with a double minor in Communications and Business. Outside of VHR Stephen volunteers as a paramedic with the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Society and is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Luis Martinez is a first-year student from Miami, Florida intending to major in Physics and Philosophy, possibly with minors in Chinese Language and either Latino/Latina Studies or History. He is interested in political philosophy and the history of single-party, authoritarian states, as well as nineteenth and twentieth-century imperialism and colonialism. In his free time, he likes to write, read, hang out with friends, and play the violin.

Mila Sicorsky is a sophomore from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Miami, Florida. She is majoring in Law, History, and Society, Medicine, Health, and Society, and English. Besides VUHR, she is involved in VUcept, Alternative Spring Break, the Outdoor Recreation Center, and Greek life. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, playing piano, and exploring.

Thomas Villalobos is a junior who hails from Sacramento California. He is a Public Policy Studies major with a minor in Business. His historical interests are primarily the European theater of war during WWII, and the various Jacobite risings. When not slogging through Vanderbilt academics, Thomas enjoys fencing, attempting to master the Great Highland Bagpipe, and partaking in the occasional Knights of Columbus activity.

Janet Stefanov comes to Vanderbilt as a freshman from Lawrence, Kansas. She is pursuing a triple major in mathematics, economics, and Russian. Her primary historical interests include Eastern European history, and she is particularly interested in the role of public opinion barometers and game theory in politics. Outside of the historical review, Janet is heavily involved in the club swim team and water polo team. Janet enjoys exercising, brewing and drinking coffee, and watching TV news in her free time. 

John Darby is a sophomore from Birmingham, AL majoring in Economics and History and minoring in Spanish. His historical interests include European history and the American frontier. He is a member of Best Buddies, Greek life, and hosts a radio show for WRVU Nashville. In his free time, John likes to read, play tennis, watch movies, and listen to music. He is also an avid baseball fan.

Faculty Advisors

Marshall Eakin is the Chair of the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. He is a historian of Latin America specializing in the history of Brazil. Although his work spans all of Brazilian history, his major publications have concentrated on the processes of nationalism and nation-building, economic and business history, and industrialization—primarily in the twentieth century. The recipient of two Fulbright-Hayes fellowships and grants from the Tinker Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Library, the Tennessee Humanities Council, and the Corporation for National Service, Eakin has been the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards since he first began teaching at Vanderbilt in 1983.

Thomas Schwartz is a Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is a historian of the foreign relations of the United States, with related interests in Modern European history and the history of international relations. He is the author of America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany (Harvard, 1991), which was translated into German, Die Atlantik Brücke (Ullstein, 1992). This book received the Stuart Bernath Book Prize of the Society of American Foreign Relations, and the Harry S. Truman Book Award, given by the Truman Presidential Library. Dr. Schwartz has served as President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. He served on the United States Department of State’s Historical Advisory Committee as the representative of the Organization of American Historians from 2005-2008.

Lauren Clay is an Associate Professor of History and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for History at Vanderbilt University. She is a historian of Old Regime and revolutionary France and its empire, with particular interests in urban cultural and civic life and the emergence of a commercially oriented society. Her book Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies (Cornell University Press, 2013) examines the establishment of professional public theaters in cities throughout France and the French empire during the pre-revolutionary era. Stagestruck was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, given by the American Society for Theatre Research and was a named finalist for the 2013 George Freedley Memorial Award, for exceptional scholarship examining live theatre or performance, awarded by the Theatre Library Association.