The Editorial Board of the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review consists of a dedicated staff of Virginia Tech History Department faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Board of Editors are selected annually for a one year term. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the managing editor for information on editor openings and our selection process.
Dr. Heather Gumbert
Heather Gumbert is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her speciaties include Modern Europe (especially Germany), Visual Culture, Television History, and the Cold War. She is the author of Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic and her current research is on postwar television cultures.
Dr. Robert P. Stephens
Robert P. Stephens is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech and Principal of the Honors Residential College. He is the author of Germans on Drugs: The Complications of Modernization in Hamburg (University of Michigan Press, 2007) as well as co-author of the NEH-funded Digital History Reader (www.dhr.history.vt.edu). He is currently working on a book on the history of drug addiction in film.
Graduate Managing Editors
Tom Seabrook is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master's in History. A native of Hopewell, New Jersey, he graduated from William & Mary in December 2011. Tom's research interests include Virginia history, especially up to and including the Civil War, and the ways in which people memorialize history. He worked at the Jamestown, VA historic sites last year and hopes to move back into museum education upon completion of his MA.
Faith Skiles, a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master's in History. Originally from Alabama, she now calls Floyd County, Virginia home. Faith's research interests lie in East Asian history, specifically the Korean War and the Japanese Colonial Period in Korea. Upon completion of the Master's program, Faith plans to possibly seek a PhD as well as explore writing opportunities in the historical field.
Board of Undergraduate Editors
Ellen Boggs is a junior from Yorktown, Virginia. She is majoring in history with a focus on British and European history. Fittingly, the first of Ellen’s mother's family to come to America was a German who fought in the Revolution. He fought first for the British and then switched over to the colonists' side.
Beck Giesy is a junior from Sterling, Virginia. He is a mathematics major. In the summer of 2013, Beck took part in a research project that tried to reproduce the properties of legendary metal Damascus steel.
Dara Green is a senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in history. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Dara has lived in Virginia for several years. She is interested in environmental history and craft beer.
Courtney Howell is a junior studying history, political science with a concentration in national security studies, Russian, and philosophy. She is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and enjoys the outdoors.
Derek Litvak is a junior from Roanoke, Virginia. He is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. This is his first year with the VTUHR. Derek’s research interests include the broader topic of the American Revolution, with particular emphasis on the evolution of political thought throughout this time period.
Nick Swedberg is a senior from Meredith, New Hampshire. Pursuing degrees in both architecture and history, Nick is currently conducting his fifth year architecture thesis at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.
Nick is interested in the relationships between architecture and history, how contemporary architecture addresses and interprets the historical traditions of the discipline, and how history can be used as a generative force in the design process. Nick’s architectural thesis focuses on interpreting Classical principles of design in order to explore their manifestations in the modern built environment.
Rachel Snyder is a junior from Montpelier, Virginia. She is pursuing a Dual Degree in History and Applied Economic Management, concentrating in International Trade and Development. This will be her second year with the VTUHR. Her research interests include nineteenth century British history and environmental history, particularly the history of food. As an avid history lover, her first job was as a tour guide at the Preservation Virginia site Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown.