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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 apart of the Vanderbilt Political Review and 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.
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.