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Editorial Board


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.

Faculty Editors

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.

Dr. Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley is the Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and is the James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War History in the History Department at Virginia Tech. A native of Manchester, England, he holds degrees from Lancaster University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quigley is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-65, which won the British Association for American Studies Book Prize and the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy. He has also published articles in journals such as the Journal of Southern History and Journal of the Civil War Era. His current research projects include a study of Preston Brooks, the South Carolina Congressman who achieved notoriety by caning Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate in 1856, and a collaborative digital humanities project, “Mapping the Fourth of July in the Civil War Era,” working with colleagues in Education, Computer Science, and the Virginia Tech libraries.


Graduate Managing Editors

Faith Skiles

Faith Skiles, a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, is a second 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 cross-cultural encounters between American women and Korean women at the turn of the twentieth century. Upon completion of the Master's program, Faith plans to possibly seek a PhD as well as explore writing opportunities in the historical field.

Kevin Caprice

Kevin Caprice is a first year graduate student who earned his undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey. He is from Sweetwater, New Jersey. Kevin's research interests revolve around the American Civil War, specifically Civil War Memory.


Board of Undergraduate Editors

Eleanor Boggs

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.

Kelly Cooper

Kelly Cooper is a junior from Richmond, Virginia. She is majoring in History and double minoring in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Art History. This is her first year with the VTUHR. She loves researching British history from the medieval period to Victorian era.  She is also greatly interested in Colonial and Revolutionary America, especially New England colonial history. Fittingly, she has worked at both a Tudor Museum, Agecroft Hall, and with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Beck Giesy

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.

Courtney Howell

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

Molly Lash

Molly Lash is a senior from Newport News, Virginia. She's a history major with an interest in historical memory, especially how it impacts popular culture in both art and film.

Derek Litvak

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.

Rachel Snyder

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.