Current Students

Since 2011, the Public History Program at Virginia Tech has mentored its students as they work toward a distinguished education and career in public history.

Get to know our current students and alumni.

Nick Bolin is from Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a BA in History with a minor in Classical Studies and a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. His research interests are varied and include digital history, late antique and early medieval history, and the history of language

Jeffrey Felton is originally from central North Carolina but has lived in Virginia for the last six years. He finished his BA in History with a concentration in the Civil War at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. His research interests include the Civil War era, with a focus on political, social, and military history of the Confederacy. Other research interests include British Imperialism, World War II, 19th century military history, American history, and baseball history. He has been researching and writing for the last eight years on a history of Stephen Ramseur’s North Carolina Brigade during the Civil War and once completed he hopes to get it published.

Marlee Putnam, a graduate of Elizabeth City State University, is pursuing her M.A. in History with a certificate in Public History. Having grown up on Roanoke Island and the surrounding Outer Banks of North Carolina, her research interests lie mainly in the cultural histories of the first English settlers in the New World. After having completed the program, Marlee hopes to work as a public historian.

Kathryn Walters is a graduate student from the Charlottesville, Virginia area. She got her undergraduate degree at VT with a major in History and minors in War and Society, International Studies, & French. Her area of interests are public history and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. She hopes to go into the museum field or do cultural resource management after graduation.

Emily Wild is a Masters student and is from a small town in Southern California. She received her BA at California State University of San Bernardino and was excited to change environments and move to the East Coast. She is passionate about Civil War history, particularly Civil War memorialization and Civil War Film Studies. After she finishes her Masters and Certificate in Public History she is unsure whether she wants to move to her Ph.D. or work to get a job in a museum in Northern Virginia.

John R. Legg is a first year graduate student working towards a MA with a certificate in Public History. While growing up near Ann Arbor, Michigan, he graduated from Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia with a BA in History. His current research focuses on the public memory and commemoration of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and its connection to Civil War history. Following the MA at Virginia Tech, John plans on moving on to a PhD program to further his research interests and either work in academia or with the National Park Service.

LT Wilkerson is from South Boston Virginia and completed his undergraduate degree here at Virginia Tech. LT is focusing on American history and is hoping to work on the Civil Rights Movement.

From the Material Culture and Public Humanities MA Program

Kelly Cooper is from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in History and minors in Art History, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Classical Studies, and War and Society. Her passion for research in understanding interdisciplinary and international approaches to the built environment and gaining hands-on skills in preserving historic materials led her to study abroad in the UK and participate in the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program in Italy.