Wildcats Around the World: Graduate Student Research

Learn More About Our Students' ​Research Trips

History graduate students travel the world to conduct research in archives and investigate primary texts and materials.


Ruth Oropeza, a doctoral student studying Modern European History, traveled to Spain for the Fulbright Mid-Year Seminar. She is undergoing research on the effect of diseases/epidemics that plagued nineteenth century Spain.

Lunch in Salamanca
Students defended their theses in this room (left). They sat in that chair and placed their feet on the statue (above) for good luck.The person buried there was supposedly very smart, so it was meant to help you pass your exams. 




Cory Davis, a doctoral student in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, is in Germany for the 2017-18 academic year with his family on a Fulbright Scholarship studying the effects of official religious toleration on Swiss Anabaptist refugees and migrants in southwestern Germany after the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). The Davises live in Karlsruhe where Cory has been researching at the General State Archive, the State Library, and the State Church Archive with additional research in smaller holdings across southern Germany and Switzerland.

The Davises (Twyla, Zephany, Gideon, and Cory) at Heidelberg University in front of the ruins of the electoral castle (9/2017).



 Pictured left are the Davises in the snow in their home city of Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg (12/2017).







To the right, Cory and his son Gideon stand outside Neuenstein Castle, home of the Hohenlohe Family Central Archives (01/2018).


Danielle Barefoot, a PhD candidate with an emphasis in Latin America, is completing her dissertation research as a Fulbright research grant awardee. Her dissertation examines Chilean student networks, politics, and mobilization from 1964 through 1990. Additionally, Danielle is serving as a researcher on the Juventudes project led by Professor Óscar Aguilera.

Danielle arrives at the at the Fulbright office in Santiago, Chile (March 2018)

Ms. Barefoot begins her research in the National Library of Chile (left) and explores the Campus Juan Gómez Millas of the University of Chile (below).







United States

Claire Perrott, a graduate student pursuing her PhD in Latin American History, spent this past summer touring the United States and visiting various archives to conduct research on her dissertation topic, the Mexican volcano Parícutin. Thanks to department funding she was able to study materials at the USGS Archive in Denver and at several archives in DC, including the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the National Archives at College Park, and the Library of Congress.

In these photos, Claire visits the National Archives at College Park to take a look at some delicate documents.
Pictured above, Ms. Perrott is excited to be at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and get started on her research there!

Nina Bogdan, a PhD candidate, traveled to archives in northern California and Alaska this summer. Her research is about the processes of collective memory and identity formation of the Russian émigré community in San Francisco as they negotiated the acculturation process (1920-1960).  An important aspect of their identity formation as Russian-Americans was the absorption of the nineteenth-century imperial project, which spanned Alaska and northern California, into their collective memories.

In California, she spent time researching at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, as well as the Museum of Russian Culture, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the National Archives in San Bruno, and the Fort Ross Conservancy’s Research Library. Furthermore, she traveled to Juneau where she did research at the Alaska State Library Archives, and to Sitka, where she explored a number of historic sites.

Fort Ross in Summer (CA)                                                           Juneau Waterfront (AK)
Mendenhall Glacier (AK)                                                                   Sitka National Park (AK)
Russian Cemetery in Sitka (AK)                                                         St. Nicholas Church in Juneau (AK)



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