Category: Meet Our Students — Alumni & Current

SCROLL down to read a variety of Interviews from UC History Majors & Minors –Past & Present. (in alphabetical order by first name)

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Abigail Crabtree (2022)

I am from Chillicothe, Ohio. I love history, politics, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and my two cats. I graduated summa cum laude in December…

Alex Temple (2015)

I’m a Cincinnati native and a graduate of UC’s history program, and I think I can say I have the job now that I hoped for back then. …

Ava Gyurcsik (2023)

I graduated in spring 2023 with a major in history, a minor in French, and two certificates in European Studies and Business French. What I’m up to now?…

Bader Kiwan (2017)

I was born in Amman, Jordan, and then moved to Cincinnati for college. I attended the University of Cincinnati from 2013-2017, majoring in biology and neuroscience. I also…

Casey Olthaus (2017)

I am originally from Cincinnati and graduated from UC in 2017 with a BA in history and a minor in sociology. As an undergrad, I won the history…

Cole Berry (2022)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Secondary Education Social Studies History degree from CECH and a Minor in History from the College of Arts and…

Divya R. Kumar (2023)

I graduated in the spring of 2023. As a History major, I won the Lenore F. McGrane Prize for the Most Promising Student in History (a faculty-nominated award) in 2022,…

George Kunkel (2022)

I graduated in 2022 from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. In the spring of 2022, I…

Grace Suhadolnik (2023)

I am originally from Rocky River, Ohio. I graduated from UC in December 2023 with a BA in History and a minor in Classical Civilizations. As a History…

Heather Shockey (2016)

I attended the University of Cincinnati as an undergraduate from 2013 to 2016, double majoring in English and History. I love anime and writing; I am currently learning…

Jack Kunkle (2020)

I graduated from UC in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a cross-college major in History, and a minor in Political Science. I recently graduated in…

Jasmine Gibson Mckenzie (2026)

What brought you to the study of history at UC? I heard so much about the professors, what they have to offer, and how they really want you…

Isabella Cantoni Branco (2019)

I’m Isabella, and I’m a proud UC alum, class of 2019! I graduated with a BA in History and a BA in International Relations! The history department was…

Joshua Scott (2022)

I am originally from Indiana, where I spent the first few years of my professional career in emergency services and geriatric care. I moved to Cincinnati with my…

Jarod Yoakam (2018)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018. I played baseball while at UC and majored in History to become a History teacher after graduation. I am…

Leen Ciba (2027)

I’m a first-year History major, minoring in Arabic Language and Culture, and I plan on graduating in the spring of 2027. What brought you to the study of…

Luke J. Frederick (2014)

I transferred to UC in 2011, completing my BA and receiving the Lenore F. McGrane Prize for the Most Promising Student in American History in 2014. After completing…

Maddie Abanto (2019)

I’m a Cincinnati native—now Kentuckian—who just graduated from UC College of Law. I also received a BA in History from UC in the spring of 2019, making me…

Matt Rose (2021)

I’m originally from Columbus and like to read, hike, and play the fiddle in my free time. I graduated in 2021 with a major in History and a…

Matthew Photides (2022)

I am originally from Northern Arkansas. My journey to U.C. and as a current educator has been as diverse as it has been enriching. Before U.C., I spent…

Megan Westermeyer (2022)

I graduated from UC in the spring of 2022 with a BA in History and Certificates in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, and European Studies. In 2022, I won…

Mikala Stokes (2018)

I am from the Greater Cincinnati area and attended Middletown and West Chester public schools. I graduated from UC in the spring of 2018 with a BA in…

Nicholas Seay (2014)

I am originally from Toledo, OH. I graduated from the History Department at the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and was awarded the George B. Engberg and Emma…

Olivia Hubble (2016)

I graduated from UC in 2016 with a BA in History, a BS in Criminal Justice, and a Minor in Arabic Language and Culture. Since undergrad, I have…

Owen Schuh (2020)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s History Program in 2020, winning the Lenore F. McGrane Prize for my capstone Nashoba and Utopia: Frances Wright’s Plan for the…

Patrick Bois (2021)

I’m from Cincinnati, and I graduated in 2021 from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences with a major in History. My capstone, ” ‘Will He Make it?’: The…

Patrick McCarty (2015)

I was born and raised in Butler County, making my first full-time adventure into “the city” while attending UC. Through trial and error and multiple major paths, I…

Philip Kowalski (2012)

I am from Columbus, Ohio, but I have lived all over the place since I graduated from UC with a BA in History in 2012. I lived in…

Rachel Chizever (2016)

I graduated in spring 2016 from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Secondary Education History, as well as a Major in History. I won the George…

Rudy Schieldknecht (2016)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in History in 2016.  I love getting out in nature and traveling; I’ve made it to 48 states…

Reese Whitely (2020)

I completed my undergraduate studies at UC in 2020 and double-majored in History and Political Science. As a history Major, I received a Badanes Fellowship in International History…

Russell Updike (2016)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in History focusing on Military History. What are you up to these days?    …

Samantha Smith (2018)

I graduated from UC in the spring of 2018 with a BA in History, a minor in Architectural Studies, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. After several years of…

Steffanie Vajgrt (2017)

I graduated with a BA in History in 2017. In addition to earning departmental honors, I was a recipient of the Von Rosenstiel Scholarship in European History and…

Tanmay Srivastava (Spring 2025)

I am an international student from India majoring in History and Digital Media with minors in Economics and International Business. I am very passionate about history; my interest…

Tony Russomanno (2015)

I’m an Ohio native who has spent the entirety of my college experience at the University of Cincinnati, both as an undergrad and graduate student. In fact, I’ve…

Tre’ Montgomery (2023)

I am a Spring 2023 graduate of UC. I majored in Africana Studies, minored in History, and received a certificate in Pre-Modern History from the Classics Department. I am…

West Robeson (2014)

I completed my first degree in media studies from UC back in 2007. After I graduated, I did a lot of production work, got married, bought a house,…

Willow Tuttle (2022)

I’m originally from West Chester, Ohio. I graduated from UC in the fall of 2022 and live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  What are you up to these days?     I…

Zade Ayman Mohamad Abdel Nabi (2018)

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in December of 2018. I majored in Political Science and minored in History! Coming into UC I had no idea I’d…

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