Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Current Leadership

2020-2021 Officers

President: Scarlett Andes

Preside of HGSA 2020-2021

Scarlett Andes is a second-year student in the Public History MA program. Her research interests include food history, immigration, and the relationship of community to memory. She did her undergraduate work in anthropology, museum studies, French, and voice, and someday she will figure out how to use them all at once. She spends most of her time singing, chasing birds around with a camera, and reviving historical recipes and goading her colleagues to try them.

Vice President: Rachel Madden 

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Rachel Madden is a second-year student in the joint U.S. and public history Ph.D. program. She studies the history of safety during the 19th and 20th centuries. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and crafting. 


Treasurer: Casey Terry

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Casey Terry is a second-year student in the Public History MA program. His research interests include colonial America, early modern England, pop culture, and cultural history. His undergraduate background is in History and Digital Media. He hopes to work in exhibit development and public programming in the future. Most times you can catch Casey singing along to showtunes, reading comics, or knitting a hat.

Secretary: Miranda Ridener

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Miranda Ridener is a second-year student in the Public History MA program. She is currently a graduate assistant in the Women and Leadership Archives and has previously interned with the Levi And Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, the Howard Steamboat Museum, and the National Railroad Museum. With a long past in dance, Miranda hopes to work with dance history as well as exhibition development and museum operations. 


Media Coordinator: Ve'Amber Miller 

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Ve'Amber Miller is a second-year student in the Public History MA program. She is currently employed at Pullman National Monument where she gets to wear a park ranger hat full-time and proudly gets to do it on the Southside of Chicago. Her research is currently focused on environmental and African-American history. Her undergraduate background is in Archaeology and English and Creative Writing. She is also happy to show you photos of her Collie mix named Mulligan, even if you don't ask. 


Conference Committee Co-Chair: Erin Witt

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Erin Witt is a second-year dual Master's candidate, studying both Public History at Loyola and Library and Information Sciences at Dominican. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh, often focusing on 20th-century European history. Though she is new to Chicago and loving her time here, as a Pittsburgh native she strongly believes that ketchup is an acceptable and delicious condiment for a hotdog, often the preferred one. She will not be taking any criticism or comments at this time on that matter.


Chair, Public History Committee: Lizzy Schmidt 

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Elizabeth Schmidt is a second-year Public History Master’s student at Loyola University Chicago. Schmidt received her bachelor’s degree in Public History and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin: Eau Claire in 2018. Schmidt aspires to work in exhibit development upon graduation. Her research interests include Public History, Museums, Oral History, memory, and 20th/21st century American history.


Chairs, Dissertation Writing Group: Nathan Ellstrand and Jenny Clay


Chair, Immigration Advocacy Program: Hannah Lahti 

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Hannah Lahti is a second-year Ph.D. student in the joint Public History and U.S. History program.  Her research interests include Holocaust memory, museums, public history, and cultural history.  This year she will also be taking over as Chair of the Immigration Advocacy Public History Project.  When she is not reading, writing, or researching, she loves playing the cello, spoiling her dog Poppy, downhill skiing, and escaping to the shores of Lake Superior.


Past HGSA Officers and Committee Chairs