Graduate Students


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John Haberstroh- Co-Chair, GSA Representative
John Haberstroh is a Ph.D. student studying the ancient Mediterranean. He earned a B.A. with honors and an M.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach. John received the 2015 College of Liberal Arts “Best Master’s Thesis Award” at CSULB for his thesis entitled: “Opposing the Panhellenists: The Oligarchic Resurgence in Athens, 413-411.” He also completed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Classics at UCLA. John’s primary research focus is in ancient Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. His specialties are Panhellenism during the Classical Period, Greek relations with the Persian Empire, and ancient Greek long-distance runners.

kathabKatrin BonifaceCo-Chair, GSA Representative
Kat Boniface is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside, studying horses and horsemanship in early modern Europe. She earned her M.A. in medieval history, with Distinction, from California State University, Fresno in 2015. Her Masters thesis was on the social symbolism of the horse, and the disconnect from its practical value that developed in the late middle ages. A short article version was published in 2015. She graduated from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013 with honors in history and a second major in English, both focusing on medieval Europe. Prior to returning to academics, she earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, along with a teaching certification, and ran an equine program in Maryland. Current research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history. She is also the founder and current president of the Equine History Collective.

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Margaret Hanson– Secretary & Webmaster, HGSA
Margaret is a Ph.D. student studying Public History and United States History. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Brown University in 2014. Her undergraduate honors thesis, Remaking American Girl(hood): Fan Reuse, Reinterpretation, Alteration and Expansion of the American Girl Brand received the 2014 Lisa MacFarlane Prize for outstanding undergraduate work from the New England American Studies Association. In the summer of 2018, Margaret was a Buchanan Burnham Summer Fellow in Public History at the Newport Historical Society in Newport, Rhode Island.

Alyse Yeargan- Student Affairs Chair, HGSA