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Department of History Graduate ProgramGraduate Research

Graduate Research

Students in the MA program at Old Dominion University complete original research projects, often resulting in a thesis. Using primary sources from archives, records repositories, and digital databases that they locate, organize, and analyze to produce new findings in their field. Their investigations are supervised by Department faculty, and the final theses are available via the ODU library and/or ODU's Digital Commons.

Some of the most recent examples of student research theses are listed below:









  • "Set Adrift by the Confederacy: the Civil War Occupation of Virginia's Eastern Shore," by Paige Kelly Solomon
  • "The Role of Agricultural and Land Policies in the Failure of the British Mandate for Palestine," by Beth Ann Lynx
  • "Bracero Families: Mexican Women and Children in the United States, 1942-64," by Rachael F. Delacruz
  • "The World of Goods in Pre-Revolutionary Virginia," Ronald C. Merritt


  • "Strike a Pose: Propaganda in Augustus' and Mussolini's Imperial Imagery," by Coleen Syler Parker
  • "Ecclesiastical Homogeny and Splintering Spirituality: White Ecumenical Christianity and the Church in Norfolk, Virginia's Civil Rights Movement," by Joshua Wesley Wilson



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