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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Graduate Students

 

Christopher Beerman photo Christopher Beerman
Email: beerman_christopher@columbusstate.edu
B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi; Minor in History.

J.D. from University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.
Research interests:  Persian Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722), Iranian Revolution/Development of Modern Iran; 20th Century American Imperialism, American History from the Gilded Age through the Progressive Era (1880-1910).
ADVISOR: Dr. Bowman
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Ryan Burnett 
Email: burnett_ryan@columbusstate.edu
B.A. in History from Saint Leo University.
Research interests: African American culture; Black power movements in America; the Civil Rights movement.
Member of the Men's Basketball Team at CSU
ADVISOR: Dr. Sprayberry

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Cathy Burton
Email: burton_catherine@columbusstate.edu
B.S. in Early Childhood Education
Member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society
Research interests: History of the March of Dimes, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's involvement in the National Infantile Paralysis Foundation, the history and development of charitable organizations.
ADVISOR: Dr. Ellisor

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Nic Capano
Email: capano_nic@columbusstate.edu
B.A. in Social Sciences, Dominican College, 2014.
Graduate Assistant for the Residence Life Department and a player/assistant coach for the CSU Men's Lacrosse Team.  He plans to use his Master's degree in order to further his professional skills in higher education.
ADVISOR: Dr. Sprayberry

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Jesse Chariton
Email: chariton_jesse@columbusstate.edu
BA, History & Archaeological Studies, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, 2011; Minor in Public History.
Research interests: 19th century United States, especially immigration; Race and ethnicity; Freemasonry; Christianity.
He currently works in the CSU Archives and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
ADVISOR: Dr. Sprayberry

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Aaron Guest
Email: guest_aaron@columbusstate.edu

B.A. in History & Secondary Education, Columbus State University, 2012.
Research interests: history of eugenics, African diaspora studies, and social demography.
Aaron currently teaches history at W. H. Spencer High School in Columbus. He is married with three wonderful children.
ADVISOR: Dr. Sprayberry

Ashley Meadows
Ashley Meadows
Email: meadows_ashley2@columbusstate.edu
B.A. in History, Columbus State University, 2014; Minor in Art History.

Graduate Assistant for Historical Methods.
Research interests: Emotions History, Art History, Ancient Civilizations, 19th Century Europe, Theory
Future Plans: Ph.D in History
ADVISOR: Dr. Scaglia

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Hart Mizell
Email: mizell_hartwell@columbusstate.edu

B.A. in History, Columbus State University, 2014.
Research interests: Military History, early and modern United States history, and baseball history.  He also worked as the Director of Baseball Operations at Georgia Southern University for the 2015 season.
ADVISOR: Dr. Crosswell

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Yandy Orozco
Email: orozco_yandy@columbusstate.edu

B.A. in History from Florida International University. 2006.
Infantry Officer in the United States Army since 2007.
Research Interest: Military History, Modern Latin American History, Italian History.
ADVISOR: Dr. Ellisor

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Virginia Ryals
Email: ryals_virginia@columbusstate.edu
B.S. in Elementary Education, University of West Florida, 2003.
Research Interests: History of current-day, self-identified, non-federally recognized, American Indian nations, tribes, and groups in South Georgia, South Alabama, and North Florida and their links to preremoval American Indian populations in the same area.
Member of the Lower Muscogee Creek Tribe, Tama Town, Beaver Clan.
ADVISOR: Dr. Ellisor

Jessie Scott
Jessie Scott
Email: scott_jessie@columbusstate.edu

B.A. in History, Georgia Southern University, 2010.
Research interests: Southern History, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
ADVISOR: Dr. Sprayberry

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Laurie Woodson
Email: woodson_laurie@columbusstate.edu

B.S. in Biology, The Evergreen State College, 2000.
Research interests: regional southern history and westward expansion and exploration.
She is also employed by a local insurance company, where she performs legislative and regulatory analysis for 13 western states.
ADVISOR: Dr. Ellisor

 Placement of recent graduates:

Rachael Cofield (2015)
Thesis: "Crafting LaGrange: A Southern Town's Search for Historical Identity in the 1970s" 
Ph. D. Program, Florida State University
 
Mark Sciuchetti (2015)
Thesis: ""How and Why Patrons of the Arts Used Music as a Form of Political Currency from 1780 to 1800."
Ph. D. Program, Florida State University

Douglas L. Allen (2014)
Thesis: “’We Are a New Race:’ Booker T. Washington’s Use of African-American Spirituals in the Creation of a New Negro Image”
 Ph. D. Program, Florida State University