College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

History Graduate Student Association

HGSA Agenda Committee Members

Photo: Greg AtkinsGreg Atkins

Graduate Studies Committee Representative
and HGSA Chair

I am a second-year Ph.D. student studying with Dr. Matthew Sutton. My research interests center around the attraction of evangelical ministries to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after the Second World War. There upon the foothills of the Rockies, elements of both the Bible Belt and the Sunbelt merged to create an important center of American evangelicalism. Starting with a couple of small international ministries in the 1940s and 1950s, Colorado Springs soon gathered other evangelical groups, eventually packaging itself to target these groups to diversify the city's economy. In Colorado Springs, these ministries affected and were affected by important religious, social, and political changes in post-1945 America. It was a pleasure to be elected the Graduate Studies Representative, and I look forward to serving as a bridge between graduate students and the faculty to further strengthen the department overall. In another life before the all-consuming responsibilities of graduate school, I hiked, biked, and remodeled cars and houses. Given the right amount of peer pressure and favorable social conditions, my friends and colleagues can still lure me back into these pastimes.

April GrubeApril Grube

Colloquium Representative

April Grube is a second year Master's student who is studying 19th century American West, Memory, and Gender. Her current research shows that the emphasis on Dr. Marcus Whitman's masculinity and the repeated depiction of him as the quintessential missionary, pioneer, and Victorian gentleman played a vital role in the creation, diffusion, and perpetuation of the Whitman Myth.

Photo: Jacki Hedlund TylerJacki Hedlund Tyler

Faculty Committee Representative

My name is Jacki Hedlund Tyler and I am a fourth year PhD Candidate working with Dr. Peter Boag. My research fields are American History, Public History, and World History. My research focuses on
the construction of gender, race, and citizenship in the Oregon Territory. As the Faculty Representative, I will attend faculty meetings and present concerns brought forth by graduate students during HGSA meetings. Please feel free to contact me with questions. My email is

Robert FranklinRobert Franklin

M.A. Student Representative

I am a second year M.A. student studying with Dr. Robert McCoy.  My research interests center on Alaska, from the period of Russian settlement and exploitation through American purchase and ending with WWII, the Cold War, and the increasing importance of the North Pacific in national and global history.  My M.A. thesis examines the New Deal in Alaska, specifically the Matanuska Valley Colonization Project and the role of the federal government in Alaskan development by employing subsistence agriculture as a form of work relief, and conservative opposition to this project.  This project contains massive waste of federal monies, thoughtless planning, incompetent farmers and administrators, and some grizzly bears.  Sound boring?  Well it’s not, because everything is more exciting with grizzlies.  I am honored to be the M.A. representative and look forward to helping my fellow masters students navigate the rigors of graduate school.  Outside of my studies (yes there is an outside, or at least there better be!) I enjoy hiking, cooking, coffee, playing cards, and working on my two crappy cars with the help of Greg Atkins.

Daniel VickorenDaniel Vickoren

GPSA Representative and HGSA Secretary

Hello! I am currently in the second year of graduate school and am pursuing an M.A. in American History under the sage tutelage of Dr. Matt Sutton. I began my post-secondary education at Columbia Basin College and finished my B.A. at Washington State University where I served within student government as a representative on the faculty senate. I am originally from southern Oregon, yet spent most of my childhood either in San Diego or travelling some long-lost back road of California looking for historical sites and markers to read. My research interests include early twentieth-century American history and the interaction between religion and politics. My thesis focuses on the first Red Scare and the use of widespread anti-communist sentiment by some religious groups within the United States to shift themselves from the "fringes" of American culture into wider mainstream acceptance as both "Christian" and "American." In particular, my thesis looks at this phenomenon in the context of Latter-day Saints and Pentecostals. In my free time I tend to unwind with role-playing games, old episodes of Star Trek, or by watching cartoons with my daughters. As a GPSA representative I will serve as the link between HGSA and the wider GPSA Senate for Washington State University.

Photo: Hans-Petter GravHans-Petter Grav

Vancouver Representative

I am a second-year Ph.D. student focusing on U.S. race and ethnicity. I grew up in Norway, but earned my academic degrees in the United States. I did my M.A. at Montana State University, Bozeman, where I received the history department's Best Paper by an M.A. student award, in 2010, for a paper entitled "The First and the Sixth Pearl Harbor: Norwegian-American Identity at the Onset of World War II." In Pullman, I offered a poster presentation on "Bleached Dresses Only: The Absent Ethnic Dimension in the Vineland Irrigation Project" at the 2012 Academic Showcase. I also served as a student curator on this topic for MASC's exhibit "Vineland: Shaping Paradise – Lewiston–Clarkston Improvement Company Records, 1890–1920," which opened in April 2012. I recently published the paper "When the Beast Saved the Day and Yellow Jack Got Lost: The Story of General Butler and the Yellow Fever Epidemic That Never Took Place" in the spring 2012 issue of the Southern Historian. I am currently a GTA for the RCI program at the Vancouver campus, and I serve as the Vancouver HGSA representative.

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