Former Members Students enrolled in the UCSB History Department’s HIST 196 J* Series are the creative drivers behind the content shared on this site. We think we’re fun. Christian Aquino (2020 – 21)Cristian is from Los Angeles and a fourth-year History/LAIS major @ucsantabarbara. He transferred to UCSB from Santa Monica College last fall and is interested in studying the different manifestations of nationalism in Europe and Latin America, in particular, how history is recorded and reconstructed over time. He also enjoys exploring how history is portrayed through film. Cristian has also participated as an Undergraduate Fellow in the Engaging Humanities initiative at UC Santa Barbara, where he completed courses on Facing Climate Change and the Reinventions of the Past. Outside of the academic realm, he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and taking pictures. After he graduates, he hopes to become a teacher. Morningstar Bloom (2021)Morningstar is a fourth-year transfer student majoring in Sociology and double minoring in History and Applied Psychology, and she employs an intersectional analytical framework to each of these disciplines. She has a particular interest in women’s history, public history, and education policy. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in comparative/historical sociology. When logged off of Zoom, Morningstar works as an educator at the Santa Barbara Zoo, paints watercolors, and drinks nearly a million cups of tea each day. Mackenzie Butler (2020 -21)Mackenzie is a senior in the UCSB History Department. She is interested in 19th- and 20th-century American women, the study of sexuality and gender, and the contrast between prescribed behavior and lived experiences. Mackenzie is currently working with Professors Case and Henderson on an Honors project that explores the gendered and sexual expectations of and for American youth. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in History. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, fire dancing, and consuming excessive amounts of caffeine. James Ferraro (2020-21)James is a senior majoring in history and medieval studies. He is interested in early medieval history, the history of science, and the intersection between religion and the environment. Currently working with Professor Elizabeth Digeser, James is researching the origins and implications of the 541 CE outbreak of Yersinia Pestis on the Mediterranean. He speaks French, German, Arabic, reads Latin and is currently studying ancient Greek and Italian. In his free time, James enjoys gardening, running, and sleeping on the beach. . . Caitlin Herring (2021 -21)Caitlin is a third-year History of Public Policy and Law major with a Philosophy minor at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently working with Professor Kalman on her research with URCA and thesis on the topic of the effects of differing history education across the United States. After graduation, she plans on attending law school to study constitutional law. . . John Kennedy (2020 -21)John is a senior at UCSB studying political science and history. Specifically, he finds interest in analyzing international relations and the history of international politics. John has had the opportunity to study both these subjects and the French language at the University of Bordeaux in France through the UC Education Abroad Program. In his free time, John writes for an on-campus think-tank concerned with international affairs, takes part in the Model UN team, and plays the piano. After college, he plans to continue his education in an effort to join the US Foreign Service as a diplomat. Jess Leeds (2020 -21)Meet Jess. Jess is a senior from Lancaster, California who only lasted one quarter before adding History as a double major in addition to Political Science. She is interested in contemporary American and European History and favors international and comparative approaches. She’s a member of the History Club at UCSB and the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society. Jess spends her free time participating in theatre, watching foreign period dramas, and reading way past her bedtime. Ashley Munoz (2020 -21)Ashley is a first-generation History and Global Studies student at UC Santa Barbara. She is especially interested in Latin American and Chicanx history. Ashley is a founding member of Clementine Creatives, a performance art group that provides a space for marginalized folks to engage in radical theater. She is also a member of Géneros Marginados Unides por Justicia, Educación y Revolución (@mujerucsb) a socio-political student group that supports the student body and the community at large. Amanda Nguyen (2020 -21)This is Amanda! She is a third-year UCSB Promise Scholar majoring in History and Japanese. She is interested in studying Japanese history, in particular, how civil liberties such as LGBTQIA+ rights affect the individual’s connection to their national identity. Lost dogs and cats have an inexplicable tendency to find their way to Amanda wherever she may be and she finds great joy in helping them reunite with their families (although she would much rather keep them for herself). Daniel Rodriguez (2020 -21)Daniel is a 4th year majoring in History of Public Policy and Law with a minor in Labor Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is interested in United States economic policy and its impact on poverty and labor, particularly here and throughout Latin America. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, reading and gaming. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. Cosmo Taylor (2020 -21)Meet Cosmo, a fourth-year History Major at the University of California Santa Barbara interested in post-colonial African history. Cosmo has also participated in the Mellon Engaging Humanities Fellowship program, which involved taking a survey of interdisciplinary humanities courses. He transferred from the College of Marin and spent his two years at the community college level working as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Cosmo has also recently purchased a 1990 Volvo 740 station wagon named Rafe.