Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Current Leadership

Bios and photos of 2019-2020 HGSA Officers coming soon!

2018-2019 Officers



Emily Davis is a second year student in the U.S. History and Public History PhD program. Her research examines eighteenth and nineteenth century religion in western Pennsylvania, particularly Catholicism. She’s also interested in the interpretation of religion in museums. Emily earned her MA in Public History at Duquesne University before starting at Loyola. She has worked at institutions in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh.

Vice President: 

Cate LiaBraaten is a second year student in the U.S. History and Public History PhD program. Her research interests are primarily focused on the history of education and childhood, especially play and recreation, as well as the built environment and material culture.


Sean Jacobson is a second year student in the US History and Public History joint PhD program. A native of Louisville, KY, Sean earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Broadcasting from Western Kentucky University. His research interests include early 20th century American history, history of American evangelicalism, and international humanitarianism. Sean also dabbles in genocide studies, memory and commemoration, and sites of conscience.


Emily Muszynski is in her second year in the joint Public History/Library Information Science program with Loyola University Chicago and Dominican University. When she's not reading or working at the Women and Leadership Archives, she enjoys going on long walks with her puppy, visiting cool museums, and cheering on the White Sox during baseball season. 

Media Coordinator:

Anna Claspy is a second year student in the Public History MA program, interested in the history of women's health, gender, and sexuality. You can also find her around campus interviewing Loyolans as the campus oral historian.


Past Cabinet Members & Committee Chairs

President: Emily Davis
Vice President: Cate LiaBraaten
Treasurer: Sean Jacobson
Secretary: Emily Muszynski
Media Coordinator: Anna Claspy
Chairs, Conference Committee: Alexandra Gradwohl and Sean Jacobson
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Katherine Macica
Chairs, Public History Committee: Kelly Schmidt, Angela Rothman
Chairs, Historians for a Just Society: Lisa Hartman and Kristin Jacobsen
President: Ella Wagner
Vice President: June Coyne
Treasurer: Marie Pellissier
Secretary: Kate Johnson
Media Coordinator: Kristin Jacobsen
Chairs, Conference Committee: Matthew Amyx and Charis Caputo
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Katherine Macica
Chair, Public History Committee: Kelly Schmidt
Chair, Public History Lab: Karen Sieber 
Chairs, Historians for a Just Society: Nathan Ellstrand and Stephen Petrie
President: Kelly Schmidt
Vice President: Ruby Oram
Treasurer: Shannon Pimmel
Secretary: Megan Bordewyk 
Media Coordinator: June Coyne
Chairs, Conference Committee: Julia Lacher and Shannon Pimmel
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Katherine Macica
Chair, Public History Committee: Ella Wagner
Chair, Public History Lab: Hope Shannon
President: Hope Shannon
Vice President: Fazila Kabahita
Treasurer: Kelly Schmidt
Secretary: Maggie McClain
Media Coordinator: Lauren O'Brien

Chairs, Conference Committee: Fazila Kabahita and Amelia Serafine
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Katherine Macica
Chair, Public History Committee: Ruby Oram
Chair, Public History Lab: Katherine Macica 
President: Katherine Macica
Vice President: Samantha Smith
Treasurer: Hope Shannon
Secretary: Jennifer Pederson
Media Coordinator: Adam Widera

Chairs, Conference Committee: Hope Shannon and Adam Widera 
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Amy Oberlin
Chair, Public History Committee: William Ippen

President: Rachel Boyle
Vice President: Pamela Johnson
Treasurer: Katherine Macica
Secretary: Kim Connelly Hicks
Media Coordinator: Aaron Brunmeier

Chairs, Conference Committee: Aaron Brunmeier and Katherine Macica
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Amy Oberlin
Chair, Public History Committee: Chelsea Denault

President: Amelia Serafine
Vice President: Gregory Ruth
Treasurer: Laura Johns
Secretary: Grace Pekar
Media Coordinator: Rachel Boyle
Chair, Conference Committee: Laura Johns
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Amy Oberlin
Chair, Public History Committee: Anne Cullen

President: Peter Kotowski
Vice President: Steven Catania
Treasurer: Christopher Ramsey
Secretary: Amelia Serafine
Media Coordinator: William Ippen

Chairs, Conference Committee: Peter Kotowski
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Amy Oberlin
President: Justin Dickerson
Vice President: Andrew Altepeter 
Treasurer: Brooke Wibracht 
Secretary: Peter Kotowski 
Media Coordinator: Paige Halpin 

Chair, Conference Committee: Justin Dickerson 
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: Amy Oberlin
President: Susan Garneau
Vice President: Steven Catania 
Treasurer: Megan Stout 
Secretary: Peter Kotowski 
Media Coordinator: 

Chair, Conference Committee: Susan Garneau
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: 
President: Stella Ress 
Vice President: Melissa Cushing-Davis
Treasurer: Megan Stout 
Secretary: Elizabeth Matelski 
Media Director: Albert Vogt III

Chair, Conference Committee: Stella Ress 
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: 
President: Jason Myers 
Vice President: Stella Ress
Treasurer: Lisa Davis 
Secretary: Abbey Cullen 
Media Director: Maria Reynolds

Chair, Conference Committee: Jason Myers
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: 
President: Elizabeth Hoffman 
Vice President: Jason Myers 
Treasurer: Stella Ress 
Secretary: Jessica Ostrom 
Media Director: Maria Reynolds 

Chair, Conference Committee: Elizabeth Hoffman 
Chair, Dissertation Writing Group: 
President: Jennifer Searcy
Vice President: Elizabeth Hoffman
Treasurer: Jason Myers
Secretary: Jennifer Bridge
Chair, Conference Committee: Jennifer Searcy
President: Dejan Kral