The Senior Program

The senior seminar paper or honors thesis is the culminating experience for history majors at Hamilton. It is a semester-long research project in which students draw on their accumulated skills and knowledge to produce focused, high-level scholarship on a specific topic or problem.

Recent projects in history include:

  • Deir Yassin, 1948: Memory and Forgetting in the Construction of Nationalism.
  • Daqing Spirit: A Great Celebration of Maoism
  • Persecution and Perseverance: A Historical Analysis of The Book of Martyrs
  • The Trial of Warren Hastings: Historical Contention over the Repercussions and Legacies of Hastings, Burke, and Empire
  • Dancers, Dames, and Dissenters: How Women Navigated Race and Gender at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair 
  • A Lawyer's Duty: Elihu Root, Historical Memory, and the Construction of US Empire
  • “Olympic Ideas for Selfish Ends”: The Projection of Soviet National Identity at the 1980 Moscow Games
  • Observing the Masses: Snapshots on the Road to the British Welfare State
  • Historiography of the Holocaust: Reevaluating the Intentionalist -- Structuralist Debate
  • “Unfixed in Place and Time”: The 1919 Canadian Labor Revolts in Song and Memory
  • Much More than a “Body of Sentimental Women”: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Construction of a Lost Cause Civil Religion at the Beauvoir Home 
  • The Crumbling Tower of Anthropology: Missing Epistemic Foundations in the Study of Race and Culture
  • Nature and Nation: Creating American Wilderness.
  • The Battle of Algiers and its Afterlives: Interrogating the Tactics and Transmission of Modern Power through the Yves Godard Papers
  • Aljamiado: Resisting Spanish Catholic Oppression through Islamic Literature
  • When Issues Arise: Grappling with the History of the Valley of the Fallen
  • The Impact of Inclusion: Accessible Housing in the 20th Century Disability Rights Movement


Department Name

History Department

Contact Name

Shoshana Keller, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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