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Danielle Hoskins

is a second year MA/PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Iowa.

Brian JK Miller 

is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. Miller recently completed 24 months of archival and ethnographic dissertation research in Turkey and Germany. He is currently writing his dissertation entitled “Reshaping the Turkish Nation-State: Migrant Communities in Western Europe and Return Migration, 1959-1985.” His research investigates how economic migrants, whether temporarily or permanently residing outside of Turkey, had a dramatic influence on Turkish identity, identity politics and development strategies of the Turkish State in the 1960s-1980

s. Miller is an enthusiastic advocate of oral history. He spent the first half of 2013 traveling throughout Turkey conducting ethnographic interviews with returned migrants and their families and is pleased to be part of the growing oral history project in Iowa City.

Katherine Massoth

Katherine Massoth is a Presidential Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. She is currently writing her dissertation, “‘Her many duties in the home’: The Borders of Gender, Cultural Practices, and Ethnic Identity in Arizona and New Mexico, 1846-1941.” Her dissertation investigates the impact of U.S. annexation of Arizona and New Mexico on women’s daily lives and ethno-cultural practices. Katherine relies on oral histories in her dissertation and in her classroom to document the lives of women of color, who often left few written records. At Iowa, she teaches a course on the role of gender and ethnic identity in shaping the history of the borderlands and the American West.

Heather Wacha

Heather Wacha

Heather Wacha is a PhD candidate in medieval history. Her interests broadly include women's economic and social history and the history of book. Her dissertation, entitled "La Puissance du Choix: Women's Patronage in 12th- and 13th-Century Picardy", incorporates her two major fields of interest by examining women's economic interactions with religious institutions in 12th/13th-century Picardy, as represented in original charters and their edited collections, cartularies.  Her research has expanded this year to include the integration of digital history into her manuscript studies and the production of short educational videos featuring manuscripts from The University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections. 

Mary Wise

is a first year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include American Indians and the history of U.S. National Parks. She has an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in history from Ohio University. Her adviser, Professor Jacki Rand, inspired her to pursue her interests in public history and digital history. 

Eric Zimmer

is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. After college, he spent a year as a journalist, researcher, and public historian. He also spent six months working under the tribal liaison in the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson in western South Dakota. Eric’s historical interests focus on the twentieth century United States, especially relating to Native Americans, politics, and federal/state Indian policy. His research examines the relationship between land ownership, sovereignty, and self-governance among the Meskwaki Tribe here in Iowa. Deeply interested in public history, Eric joined the History Corps during the Spring semester, 2013.

Our Adviser: Jacki Rand

Associate Professor Jacki Thompson Rand has served as faculty advisor to History Corps since 2013.  She teaches the graduate seminar in public history in addition to her various courses on American Indian history and federal Indian law and policy.  Her turn to the public humanities, and her growing knowledge of the digital humanities, has transformed her pedagogical approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, most of now center on collaborative, project-based work based on primary source and secondary literature research.  She hopes to model her transformation as a teacher, using History Corps as a pedagogical incubator, for her colleagues and hesitant others who are interested in the public humanities.