Grad Student Profiles

Here you can find profiles of UW history grad students who have employed their historical expertise outside the classroom while developing new skills and gaining new perspectives on their work.

Featured Student Profile

Remembering the Black Past: Connecting with a Diverse and Global Public




PhD candidate Quin’Nita Cobbins is the webmaster for, the largest online African American and Global African reference center that provides free and accessible information to millions of people across the globe. In this grad student profile, Quin’Nita tells us about her work on the website, the meaningful engagements with the public it facilitates, and the new perspective it has given her on her own work. Read all about it here.




Storytellers: A History Grad Student Ventures into the World of Film

image1Emma Hinchliffe is a second year PhD student at the University of Washington. She is just about to start work on her dissertation entitled, “Henry VIII and the Material Manifestation of Worldly Kingship.” The project will include a documentary/digital simulation of Henry’s court alongside the traditional written thesis. In this post, she shares with us about her experience as a film student at the Northwest Film Forum, which she attended alongside her graduate coursework at UW, her plans for incorporating film into her academic work, and advice for students looking to forge new paths through grad school. Read all about Emma’s venture into film making here.

Reaching Broader Publics: The Mangels Fellowship


Ross Coen was selected as the Mangels fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. As a part of this fellowship, Ross catalogued records at a museum in Alaska, organized fisheries records at the UW Library Special Collections, and delivered lectures to public audiences around the Puget Sound. Read all about his work as a Mangels fellow here.