Sam Ginty

2013 Department of History graduate Sam Ginty was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Fifth Annual McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) Undergraduate Research Workshop (URW) that took place in April. The workshop is comprised of no more than 10 undergraduate students working on an honors thesis, senior capstone or advanced research paper in any discipline having to do with the Atlantic world up to 1850.

“Ginty’s thesis, ‘Social Order and Transatlantic Networks: Reinterpreting Barbadian Royalism, 1650-1652,’ challenges the current historiography which treats the development of the colony of Barbados in the 17th century in mostly economic terms,” said Courtenary Lanier, assistant to the chair of the Department of History. “Instead, he argues that the development of the social and political order needs to be seen through the lens of the English Civil War.”

Ginty’s thesis, written under the direction of Professor Holly Brewer, also won the Department of History’s Hoosier Clio Award for Best Honors Thesis.