Caroline Cassinelli is a fourth-year student at UBC, undertaking a major in History Honours with a minor in English. Caroline is interested in the history of decolonization, as well as disability studies. In particular, she is writing her thesis on the emergence of an American Deaf political and social consciousness in the late 20th century. She currently works as a research assistant at the Museum of Anthropology and as a supervisor at Loafe Café. In her free time, she reads books and performs with UBC Musical Theatre Troupe.
Rebecca Silver is a fourth-year Honours History major from Calgary. Her main areas of historical interest include Soviet history and culture. More specifically, she is writing her thesis on representations of the Holocaust in Soviet classical music. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the History Department. After completing her undergraduate degree, she will be attending law school. In her free time, she enjoys skiing and she is hoping to be able to make it out to Whistler a few times this winter!
Kevin is in his final year of studies as a History Honours with International Relations major at UBC. His principal area of interest covers the diplomatic history of the Republic of China during the Second World War. By continuing his position as an editor within the Atlas, Kevin looks forward to engaging with other budding historians on modern Chinese history, and its implications for Cross-Strait Relations. An avid fan of cartography, Kevin likes to look at old Chinese and Soviet administrative maps during his spare time. He absolutely loves bubble tea, pineapple cakes, and beef noodle soup!
Peter Bruno is a third-year Honours History with International Relations student at the University of British Columbia. Having spent most of his life in the Netherlands, his field of interest includes decolonization, post-colonialism, and the Third World. At the moment, he is particularly invested in Indonesian decolonization. Having previously served as an editor, Peter is thrilled to be part of the Atlas editorial board once again. When he is not studying or editing papers, Peter can be found practicing Bahasa Indonesian, French, or discussing history. After graduation, he hopes to pursue further scholarship in graduate school.
Kelly is a third-year History Honours major. She is interested in East Asian history (particularly modern Japanese history and Korean history), Southeast Asian history, and gender history. She is currently learning the Japanese language and intends to study abroad in Japan (specifically in Tokyo). Kelly hopes to continue studying History in graduate school. In her spare time, she likes to read. Some of her favourite authors are Joy Kogawa, Franz Kafka, and Haruki Murakami. A few of her favourite books include Obasan, The Arabian Nights, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Sympathizer, and The Trial.
Bianca Chui is a second-year student in the History Honours program. Before entering the program, she spent a delightful year in Arts One with Prof. Orr-Alvarez reading everything from Plato to Atwood. Her main areas of historical interest include Japanese history and architecture. While she is not buried in readings or working on her days off, you can likely find Bianca hiding away in Koener basement (or the dungeons as she likes to call it) doing research for her papers. In her free time, Bianca likes to read (for fun) or watch Asian television shows with her mum.
Ben is a recent transfer student to UBC and a third-year History major. He has taken a variety of history courses, but since coming to UBC, Ben’s primary focus has shifted towards Indigenous studies and Canadian history. As an editor, Ben is looking forward to working with students across Canada who share his academic interests. He hopes to find a career that allows him to engage in these topics outside of the classroom, but he is prepared to continue working in the restaurant industry for the foreseeable future. When not focused on school, Ben spends the vast majority of his free time being upset about the Canucks.
Isaac is a third-year English Honours major and Philosophy minor at UBC. He has lived in England, New Zealand, and Canada; and cannot choose a favourite! Isaac’s areas of interest cut across literature, philosophy, and history. He is most passionate about applying the psychoanalytic work of Jacques Lacan, and the philosophy of language and political theory it founded, to literary criticism. When he is not writing a paper, Isaac spends his time running, watching or playing soccer, and reading. He especially loves the fiction of Kafka and David Foster Wallace. After his time at UBC, Isaac looks forward to exploring the world of academia or law.
Hannah Kahn is a fourth-year History Honours major at UBC from Toronto. Though she studies many historical periods and places, she is particularly interested in Late Plantagenet Early Tudor England, 18th and 19th Dynasty Egypt, and 19th and 20th Century German history. At the moment she is writing her thesis on Margaret Beaufort under the tutelage of Arlene Sindelar. Her plans for the next few years are uncertain, but she hopes to teach English abroad and perfect her Latin. In her free time, she can be found caring for her many plants and drinking too much tea.
Beulah Lee is currently a third-year student at UBC, studying Honours History with International Relations. Her academic interests include Canadian history and early Christian history in particular. Outside of school, Beulah is involved with About Here, a Vancouver based non-profit. In her free time, she can be found doing musical things like singing in choir, playing in her chamber group, or conducting the pit orchestra at UBC Musical Theatre Troupe. In the future, you might see Beulah pursuing a career in academia or journalism.
Laura Moberg is a fourth-year student at UBC, majoring in Honours History and minoring in English Literature. A born and raised Vancouverite, Laura has a long-standing interest in local history and culture. Her research interests include Canada and the British Empire, with a particular focus on British Columbia, Indigenous histories, and gender/cultural history. Laura is looking to pursue further education in library and archival studies after completing her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, Laura likes to read, frequent thrift stores, and hang out with her cat.
Tessa Mouzourakis is an undergraduate student studying History and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Tessa’s research centres on subversive and counter-colonial narratives, with a focus on female voices throughout History. As a massive bookworm, Tessa aspires to be a published writer of poems and stories. In the summer, Tessa spends her time in Nashville, Tennessee, writing songs, seeing shows, and avoiding honky-tonks. She has driven across America three times and has only gotten lost twice: in the Black Hills of South Dakota and somewhere near Missoula, Montana. In her defence, there aren’t a lot of landmarks, or people, around those parts.
Jennifer Paxton is a fourth-year English Literature major and History minor at UBC. She grew up in Squamish, BC and loves the mountains and spending time outdoors. Jennifer is interested in what literature can tell us about history and the societies behind each text. She is also interested in the revitalization of endangered languages and is thankful for the First Nations Endangered Languages program at UBC for giving her the opportunity to learn the traditional Musqueam language of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓. Jennifer plans to move to Scotland next year to study a Masters in Publishing and work in book publishing. She enjoys spending her spare time working at Loafe cafe, reading, or spending time outdoors, hiking and skiing.
Esther Schmidt-Brown is in her fourth and final year of her History BA and is also enrolled in the Sciences Po/UBC Dual Degree Program. Esther enjoys studying many areas of history, such as the history of science and medicine, Jewish history, Soviet history, and the history of Modern Asia. In the future, she sees herself potentially pursuing law. Outside of academia, some of Esther’s hobbies include travel, photography, reading, and being around animals.
Marcel Shelton is a third-year History Honours major and Philosophy major at UBC specializing in Science and Technology Studies. Research-wise, Marcel is particularly interested in historiography, history of sciences, the history of medicine, and the history of philosophy. Currently, he has ambitions to pursue graduate studies with the hopes of going into academia. At the moment, Marcel works as a museum assistant at the Museum of Anthropology. In his spare time, Marcel enjoys travelling, watching films, and reading.
Megan Simpson is a fourth-year History Honours student at UBC. She is currently writing her thesis on the development of human rights in Canada and Indigenous history; she attempts to link the development of human rights talks in Canada with changes in the way the Canadian government discusses Indigenous Peoples. Megan is also in the Bachelor + Masters of Management program in Sauder and has taken a number of commerce classes. Once she graduates, she is hoping to find work in public policy or the education sector.
Carmen is in her fifth and final year at UBC, double majoring in International Relations and Honours History. Writing her thesis on the relationship between Indigenous feminism and nationhood, Carmen focused on breaches of collective Indigenous sovereignty through the systemic removal and erasure of women and children. A proud francophone who’s lived in five provinces and one territory, Carmen has always been curious about what it means to be Canadian. Her research continues to focus on intersectionality, identity, and the politics of resistance. In her spare time, she can be found daydreaming about a possible future in policy development, advocacy or academia.