Current 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.

Madeline Josa (2021 –
Madeline is a third-year majoring in History and Dance, and is especially interested in historical dress and how it reflects evolving gender roles over time and women’s history and culture. Last year, Madeline was a research assistant for Professor Alicia Boswell on a project about pre-Columbian art where she helped start a database of museums housing pre-Columbian artifacts. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading and is rarely seen without a cup of coffee in hand.



Gagan Singh (2021)
Gagan is a third-year Biological Sciences major from Modesto, California. He is interested in learning more about international and domestic policy, but is currently undecided on what to pursue after college or if he should change his major. When not doing schoolwork, he enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and spending time in nature with his friends.
Sujitha Polimera (2021-)
Sujitha is a second-year pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in History. She is interested in public policy, American history, and South Asian history. In her free time, Sujitha goes on walks, looks at plants, or reads a few books. Sujitha has no set plans for what she will do after college, but for now hopes to attend graduate school.
Keren Zou (2021-)
Keren is a third-year double major in History of Public and Public Policy & Geography with a minor in Asian American Studies. She comes from Shenyang, China. She is particularly interested in Asian American History, Immigration History, and Food History. Her first independent research project Were They Fit Citizens: Opium-Chinese Representation in 1865-1885 U.S. Public Sphere was presented at the 2021 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. She is currently doing a second project related to Asian American Food History, In addition to the academic interests, she also served at the Campus Learning Assistance Service as a writing tutor, and the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association for 2021-2022. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, swimming, and travelling.
Zoë Lo (2022-)
Welcome to Zoë, a second-year Global Studies major with minors in French and History. Her hometown is Palo Alto, California. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in law. Her current obligations include passing a health bill with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and copy editing for UCSB’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Nexus. In her spare time, she likes to read fiction novels, sing in her choir, and binge-watch Downton Abbey.

Madison Barton (2021-)
Madison is a fourth-year History major with a minor in Art History. She loves Medieval Europe and has particular interests in Christian history and the papal monarchy. After her Bachelor’s she plans on completing both a Master’s and a Doctorate. In her free time, she enjoys playing the saxophone and violin, spending time with family and friends at home in Palm Springs, California, cooking, and watching movies and shows.

Albert Lopez (2022-)
Albert is a third-year History and Art History double major with an emphasis in Museum Studies. His interests include, American History, cultural history, and public history. After college, Albert aims to go to graduate school to achieve a Ph.D in history to become a history professor. On his free time, Albert enjoys reading fantasy novels and historical nonfiction, as well as playing basketball with friends.

Sarah Margaron (2022-)
Sarah is a second-year History of Public Policy and Law major with a minor in religious studies. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in the study of colonization in religion and is planning on going to law school. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading books, grabbing coffee with friends, and binge watching shows.