Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

History Graduate Student Association officers

HGSA Officers, 2014

Photography by Myles Ostrowski © 2014 


Katie Macica is a doctoral candidate in American and Public History.  Her research focuses on environmental history, urban history, and the American West.  She is beginning work on her dissertation, “Environments of War: The Pacific Northwest and the Waging of World War II,” which examines the impact of war mobilization in the Northwest from an environmental perspective.  Katie’s public history experience includes positions at the Library of Congress, the National Archives at Seattle, and the Winnetka Historical Society.


Vice President:

Samantha Smith is second year student in the dual degree program in Public History and Library & Information Science.  Her research interests range from twentieth-century American advertisements, funerary and mortuary studies, to punk culture.  As a public historian, regardless of position, she strongly advocates for shared authority and works to include and reach visitors/users on the margins.  If not on campus you will mostly likely find her at Metropolis, working with a café au lait in one hand and a donut in the other.  In her spare time she enjoys reading contemporary fiction by Alina Bronsky, watching her favorite scenes from Tarantino films while playing solitaire, and writing poetry.


Hope Shannon is a PhD student in United States and Public History.  Her interests include twentieth-century urban history, the ways that history organizations shape public memory, digital humanities, representations of the past in video games, and humanities advocacy.  Hope’s research focuses on the people who founded historical societies after World War II and the early efforts of these organizations.



Jennifer Pederson is a second year MA student in Public History.  She currently serves as a graduate assistant at Loyola University Chicago’s Women and Leadership Archives.


Media Coordinator:

Adam Widera is a second year MA student in Public History. Adam’s research interests are focused around 20th century U.S. history and the relationship between people, technology, and the environment.  Adam’s public history experience includes projects for the Loyola University Museum of Art, the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, the Rochester Historical Society, and the Loyola Oral History Project.


Public History Committee Chair: