Phi Alpha Theta on May 4, 2017, in front of Xavier Hall on the PLU campus.

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

About PAT

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters. We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Membership Benefits

All members of the honor society are inducted through the local Phi Alpha Theta chapter at their respective college or university. Individual memberships sent directly to the National Office are not acceptable and will be returned. Our one-time initiation fee of $40.00 per student is payable at the time of initiation. This fee includes a membership certificate and four issues of our journal, The Historian. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is a lifetime membership. Each chapter, however, may levy whatever dues or fees it deems necessary to promote its own local activities. Thereafter, there are no annual dues or fees. Members who wish to continue supporting the honor society may do so by subscribing to The Historian and/or to our newsletter.

Membership Requirements

  • Minimum of 12 credit hours in History (a maximum of 3 credit hours of online, transfer, or AP credits may be counted).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall.
  • Membership is not limited to History majors.

If you are interested in joining PAT or would like more information, please contact your PAT Faculty Advisor, Dr Rayne Allinson (, or one of your PAT Committee Members:

See below for more information about your PAT Committee.

Click here for membership application form.

PAT Schedule of Events - Spring 2017

  • Feb 16th 6-7pm – Welcome Back Social. Xavier 201
  • March 2nd, 6pm – Graduate School Information Night, Xavier 150.
    • Building a CV, studying for the GRE, requesting letters of recommendation, writing the personal statement, applying within the US and abroad.
    • Cookies will be served!
  • March 3rd, 8:30-10:30am – Webcast of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Keynote address at “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History” Conference, Harvard University. Ingram 115B
    • A special live webcast of a keynote lecture by award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates, opening a conference on Universities and Slavery: Bound by History, at Harvard University ( Coates is the author of several books including Between the World and Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and has been chosen as PLU’s Common Reading text for 2017-18.
    • Coffee and Muffins served at 8:30, brief introduction by Dr Tyler Travillian at 9am, lecture begins 9:30am
  • March 22nd, 7pm – 43rd Walter C. Schnackenberg Lecture: Dr Charlotte Gordon, “In Her Mother’s Footsteps: the Lives of Mary Shelley and her Mother, Mary Wollstonecraft”. Xavier 201
    • Professor Gordon Charlotte Gordon is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SlateHarvard Magazine, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House) won the National Book Critics Circle award. For further information on the Walter C. Schnackenberg lecture series, see
    • The lecture will be accessible to wide ranging audiences, including undergraduates and the general public. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a reception of light food and drinks.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
  • March 24th, 9am-10:30am – “The Politicization of History” panel and discussion. Hong Hall Lounge
    • A roundtable discussion with students and faculty about the place of history in contemporary media and politics. Refreshments will be served! All welcome.
  • April 8thPLU Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • April 21st 5pm – Deadline for PAT membership applications!
    • Make sure you submit your membership application form along with check for $40 to Dr Rayne Allinson (108 Xavier) by 5pm! For more information on requirements for membership, contact Dr Allinson at
  • April 21st, 6pm-7:30pm – Careers in History: Conversations with Alumni event. UC 133
    • This roundtable discussion features several PLU alumni who majored in History and have gone on to achieve great things in the wider world. They will discuss how a history degree helped them in their careers in business, education, law, and other fields. Refreshments will be served! All welcome.
  • May 4th, 6pm-7:30pm – PAT Induction Ceremony, Xavier 150
    • Come celebrate our newest members of Phi Alpha Theta, and enjoy an end of year party with faculty and students!

Your PAT Committee Members

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.