Undergraduate Students at the Institute

Brianna McLean

Brianna McLean is a student at Florida State University pursuing a B.A. in History with a minor in French.  She has served as an archival assistant, an Assistant to the Director: Public Relations and Research, and is currently serving as Senior Assistant to the Director.  She has enjoyed working at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since the summer of 2016.  After she graduates in Summer 2018, she plans to pursue a Masters degree. and eventually a PhD. in History.  Her interests include World War II, Women's Military History, American Military History, Home Front History, and Military History in general.  During her time at FSU, she has enjoyed membership in the World-Renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs and Seminole Sound Pep Band.

Jeffrey Henley

Jeffrey Scott Henley is a re-admitted student to Florida State University.  He graduated from FSU in 1989 with a BS in Marketing. After a successful 26 year career in sales and account management including the last 11 years with C.H. Robinson Inc., a Fortune 250 third party logistics provider, he decided to leave his career and return to the academic world to pursue his long time passion of studying history with hopes of a second career passing along this love of history to others.  In May 2018, he will graduate with a BA in History with a minor in German. In August 2018, Jeffrey will begin the course of study for a MA in History entering the program for Historical Administration and Public History.

Julianna Witt

Julianna Witt is a senior at Florida State University majoring in History, with a minor in Museum Studies. She has been an intern with the Institute since Spring 2017, and is currently an Assistant to the Director with Exhibits and Research. She focuses on Holocaust and Jewish studies. She hopes to work with Holocaust related objects and/or archives at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. or the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

Emily Woessner

Emily Woessner is a senior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in History in conjunction with minors in Art History, German, and Museum Studies. She has worked at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience since fall of 2016 and has enjoyed a variety of opportunities and events during her time here. She began at the Institute processing collections with a German/Austrian focus and eventually transitioned into helping plan conferences hosted by the Institute such as the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History and Letters in Troubled Times: Evaluating Epistolary Sources. In the summer of 2017 she held an internship position at the National Museum of American History Archives Center where she helped process the Civilian Conservation Crops collection. Emily will graduate in spring 2018 and plans to travel abroad in Australia/New Zealand before pursing a masters degree and a career in archives.

Megan Quinn

Megan is a junior at FSU double majoring in History and Editing, Writing, and Media. She has taken many classes pertaining to World War II and is currently in her second semester as an editorial assistant at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. She is interested in writing and wants to work in publishing as an editor once she graduates. Last summer, Megan spent two months in Ghana volunteering in a rural village as a teacher's aide. This coming summer she will be going to Peru to work at a wildlife rescue center.

Jenna Noel Pope

Jenna Pope graduates in Fall 2018 with a B.A. in History. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in South Georgia before transferring to FSU in Spring 2017. She was homeschooled from 5th grade up to her freshman year in college so she spent many afternoons recording older relatives’ stories, collecting and curating their pictures, and piecing their lives into her history lessons. Along with processing collections regarding race and/or gender-based discrimination within the military, she continues to work on entering her family’s wartime service into the Institute’s digital archives. Jenna also serves as our resident creative genius on our social media accounts.

Destinee Haller

Destinee Haller is a sophomore from Miami, Florida majoring in History and African American Studies. She is currently involved with the Black Female Development Circle and Southern Scholarship Foundation. In the future, she would like to pursue higher education within the realm of history. At the Institute, she is working on entering some of the African American collections into various archival databases and hopes to increase the Institute’s African American collections.

Caroline Bowers

Caroline Bowers is a senior at FSU working on a double major in History and General Music, as well as a minor in Museum Studies. Her research interests focus on feminist and Civil Rights music history. She began her work with the Institute through a DIS, during which she processed collections specifically related to military musicians and USO performers. Outside her work at the Institute, she is involved with the Honors program, she plays cello in the University Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is a member of the executive board for the Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity.

Grant Cooper

Grant Cooper is a Senior at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He has been accepted to and plans to attend Florida State University starting in the 2018-2019 year. He works to process collections and create finding aids to better allow scholars across the world to access the Institute’s holdings. His research interests focus on American History, specifically during the Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War, and he plans to major in history and minor in criminology.

Connor Doke

Connor Doke is a senior at FSU from Inverness, Florida. He is majoring in History and plans to complete minors in Spanish and Psychology. In the Fall semester of 2014, Connor was introduced to the Institute when he completed a project as a part of Dr. Piehler’s class titled The American GI in War and Peace in World War II. Connor is currently dedicated to building an online timeline on World War II to help develop the online presence of the Institute. The timeline will help students and researchers learn more about the great amount of collections and artifacts that are present at the Institute. 

Kristina Hopf

Kristina Hopf is a senior at Florida State, working on a dual degree in International Affairs and History, with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in French. At the Institute, her research interests include Prisoners of War and the Merchant Marines. She was introduced to the Institute through her honors work with Dr. Piehler, under which she is writing an Honors Thesis on Wernher von Braun. After graduation, she will be attending law school out of state and be pursuing her interest in international law.

Zoe Hume

Zoe Hume is a junior at Florida State currently pursuing a B.A. in English: Editing, Writing, and Media with a double major in Anthropology. In English, she has a special interest in visual rhetoric, particularly photography, and how images become recontextualized over time. In Anthropology, she loves to learn about the various cultures of the world and their histories. She feels her interest in museums and archives is the result of both these interests, and she is looking forward to seeing the ways in which History, English, and Anthropology can be joined together through her work at the Institute.

Gabriela Maduro

Gabriela Maduro is a third year student at Florida State University. She is majoring in History and Editing, Writing and Media, with a minor in German. Gabriela began her research at FSU through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), where she studied the role of German troops hired by Britain during the American War of Independence. She hopes to continue her research within the field of European history at the Institute, where she will be processing collections related to Germany and Austria during the World War II and post-World War II period. She is particularly interested in utilizing her knowledge of German and her fluency in Slovak while working at the Institute.

Gillian Morton

Gillian Morton is a sophomore at Florida State University double majoring in History and International Affairs. Her interest in history comes from her father, who received his PhD in military history from FSU and is an active duty Colonel in the United States Army. Having grown up an Army Brat, Gillian has no hometown, but has lived in six US states (LA, FL, NY, VA, PA, SC) and two German cities. Gillian is particularly interested in World War II history, having visited many important European battlefields and landmarks. She enjoys focusing on the role of women in the military during WWII because of the inspiration of her own mother, who was an Army helicopter pilot.

Caroline Palmer

Caroline Palmer is a junior at Florida State University. She is majoring in history with a minor in English. She is most interested in researching the correspondences between soldiers and family during World War II. Caroline hopes to continue her research at the Institute until graduation and is excited for the research to come.

Robin Rodriguez

Robin Rodriguez is a freshman at Florida State planning to major in International Affairs. She is interested in all areas of World War II history, but particularly the role of women during the war, and war in Northern France, where she lived for a year. She hopes to continue her work at the Institute throughout her time at Florida State and learn as much as she can about World War II history. 

Elaine-Mae Ignacio

Elaine Ignacio is a junior at Florida State University, double majoring in International Affairs and History with a minor in Urban Planning and Development. She is focused on processing collections on American soldiers in the Pacific Theater, specifically the Philippines. Her interest in military history and Asia stems from her familial roots, as the daughter of Filipino immigrants, with her father having retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Through the Institute, she seeks to learn more about her country in relation to that of her parents’, as well as a more intimate understanding of how historical events shape diverse communities, culture, and the spaces they inhabit. She hopes to incorporate this mindset into a future career in urban planning.

Alberto Peréz-Rueda

Born in Venezuela, Alberto moved with his family to Republic of Panama in 2007. He would later begin his undergraduate studies in the FSU Republic of Panama campus in 2013, transferring to Tallahassee two years later. He began volunteering at the Institute after graduating with a degree in History and Media/Communications Studies. His main focus at the Institute has been surrounding Latin America during the World War II period, compelling information about the use of Brazilian air and sea-ports by American Forces and life in Cuba before and during the war. His main interests in History cover Latin America and the Mediterranean, focusing specially on historical fighting styles and weapons from the Renaissance and the 19th century. 

Michela Sieman

Michela is a second year History major, with minors in Italian and Hospitality Management. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2019 and travel the world before she enters her career as a researcher in the entertainment industry. More specifically, she desires to work for the Walt Disney Company as an Imagineer. On campus, she is Vice President of Phocus Photography and an Undergraduate Research Ambassador. This summer, she will be studying abroad and conducting research in Florence, Italy. She is incredibly excited to now being an intern at the Institute after volunteering throughout her freshman year. 

Angela Stevens

Angela Stevens is a Senior at Florida State University. She is double majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media, and History. This is Angela's second semester at the Institute where she is working as an editorial assistant on The Oxford Handbook of World War II. She hopes to gain experience from time at the Institute to apply to her future editorial career. She is looking forward continuing to gain experience at the Institute, and to graduating in December.

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