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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 and foreign policy. He is also particularly curious about how modern societies have historically conceptualized various technological innovations, and how such conceptions have guided political and economic behavior. Besides the historical review, on campus he is 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 rising sophomore 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.
Jonathan Hung is a rising sophomore 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.
Kavi Saxena is a senior 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.
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.