The Peter and Lydia Beckman Scholarship

Established in 1996 to reward outstanding scholarship and encourage graduate study in history, this $2,000 award is presented annually to one or two senior history majors at PLU.

Holocaust Summer Fellows

Raphael Lemkin Student Essay Contest

For more information about the Essay Contest click on the link below.

Lemkin Flyer 2017

Internships and International Study Opportunities

History internships are available and are often geared toward students’ professional goals. Faculty members work with students to create internships that offer opportunities to practice historical research methods. Students complete internships in a wide variety of settings—local, national and international—in both public and private organizations. The history department also works closely with and supports PLU’s many opportunities for study and work abroad.

Phi Alpha Theta

History major hike at Mt. Rainier



Phi Alpha Theta Hike at Mt. Rainier – September 2016


Carli Snyder ’17 – President

Carli joined Phi Alpha Theta in her first year at PLU and served as a Co-President her sophomore year. She is a double major in History and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. For the past two summers, she has completed independent research projects through the Kurt Mayer Research Fellowship. The first project focused on the interpersonal dynamics within the Association of German Women’s Organizations during the Nazification of Germany. The second analyzed how Nazi policies affected the lives of women scientists throughout 1933-39. In spring 2016, Carli studied for a semester in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is also the History tutor in the Academic Assistance Center, a Global Ambassador in the Wang Center, and a captain on the swim team.

Current Areas of Emphasis/Interest
The History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Nazi Germany
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Nursing in the World Wars
Individual Identity

Michael Diambri ’18 – Vice President

Michael was inducted to Phi Alpha Theta as a first-year and is currently serving his second term as Vice President of the society. This past spring, he was awarded a Severtson Fellowship by the Division of Social Sciences and has used it to research the role alcohol and drugs played in the creation of identity and community among the writers of the Beat Generation. He is currently preparing to present his research at an international humanities conference in Hawaii as well as at the annual meeting of the American Cultural Association this coming April. Aside from Phi Alpha Theta, Michael is also on the Leadership Board of the Admissions Program, is a member of the Queer Allied Student Union, and has also worked at the university as a teaching assistant and a resident assistant.

Current Areas of Emphasis/Interest
Literary History
Post-1945 United States History
The History of Drugs and Alcohol
Mental Health in American History
Friendship, Kinship, and Erotic Affiliations

Molly Munsterman ’18 – Secretary/Treasurer

Molly was inducted to Phi Alpha Theta in the spring of 2016 and will serve as the Phi Alpha Theta’s Secretary/Treasurer during the fall of 2016. In addition to Phi Alpha Theta, Molly currently serves as Student Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi and she recently began her position as a student worker in PLU’s Archives & Special Collection. Molly hopes to continue researching feminist movements and resistance to British imperialism during her study abroad experience at Regents Park, Oxford, England in the spring of 2017.

Current Areas of Emphasis/Interest
Resistance and Activist Movements
Colonizations in the Americas
Gender and Sexuality
Women in History

Kendall Hurley ’17 – Secretary

Kendall was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta in May 2016. She is currently as senior history major and Scandinavian Area Studies minor. She has worked with Dr. Elisabeth Ward in the Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU. She is a founding member of the Scandinavian Club and also their secretary-treasurer. She has also studied with Dr. Michael Halvorson, exploring social and supernatural themes in Shakespeare’s plays and Tudor England.

Current Areas of Interest/Emphasis
Early Modern Europe, particularly England and Norway
Common themes in Shakespeare
Scandinavian/Nordic history
Tudor & Elizabethan England

Teresa Hackler ’18 – Social Coordinator 

Teresa was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta in the Spring of her freshman year. She is pursuing a major in History and an individualized major in Health & Justice Studies with a minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies. While she finds almost any area of history interesting, she holds a particular focus in writings of Africa. She feels grateful to have spent the months of January-August furthering her knowledge of Rwandan history while working at the East-African nation’s Ministry of Health this past year. Aside from Phi Alpha Theta, Teresa works as a consultant at the Writing Center and is an active member in the “Partners in Health: Engage” club on campus.