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History Undergraduate Association

University of Maryland's Premier Historical Society
About Us

The History Undergraduate Association (HUA for short) is the University of Maryland's premier undergraduate historical society.

Our goal as an organization is to create a space for history majors, minors, and lovers at the university to come together and share their mutual interest in the field.

In order to create this community, we host a diverse selection of history-centered events including social hours, movie nights, and panel discussions open to all in the UMD community.

During this time of Covid-19, HUA has been reimagined to fit our new hybrid college world, making the organization accessible to students learning both on and off-campus. To stay up to date on our new club format and upcoming events follow us on social media!


Join Us Online:   

Instagram: @umdhistory

Twitter: @umdhua

Facebook: @UMDhua

GroupMe: email your phone number to  huaundergrads@gmail.com to be added to the GroupMe



HUA's Mentorship Program

HUA's Mentorship Program; created to support the successful transition of underclassmen and transfer students into the department. If you are interested in selecting one of our qualified mentors follow the link to the mentor catalog and reach out to the upperclassmen who best matches your academic and personal goals as a history major or minor.




JANUS call for papers

JANUS undergraduate journal in the department is calling for all undergrads who are interested in getting their papers published in the journal. Email umdjanus@gmail.com





HUA Events


On a monthly basis, HUA hosts one social hour (now on Zoom!) and several Viewing Parties! Outside of these regular events, the organization hosts events like panel discussions, field trips (now virtual), trivia nights, and more!



Monday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.


New York Historians at the Movies with a look at the Gilded Age New York in the 1969 hit Hello Dolly!

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Trivia Night - November 16 via Zoom


FILM and HIstory:  A discussion with Dr. Kate Keane
Via Zoom
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Join Dr. Keane and the HUA for an evening Zoom discussion of the film, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and an examination of the films representation of the cultural impact and history of anti-vietnam protests.

RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/JSgnhFdsUX1rqaZr6



Dinner and Discussion wtih Dr. Giovacchini - discussion of the Film Residue.





Social Hour: Friday, September 18 at 3 p.m.







July Social Hour, 7/31/20:

A fun time discussing future plans for the HIstory Department as we transition to online learning, and learning what both Professors and students look for in a productive online lecture!





19th Amendment Panel Discussion and Viewing Party:  8/17/20 and 8/18/20:

The two-day event started with a viewing of the film Suffragette with Dr. Taddeo, an expert in British social movements in the early 20th century. Day two focused on a panel discussion with Dr. Barkley Brown, Dr. Steiner, and Dr. Keane as they shared their unique perspectives on 19th amendment and the lasting impact it has had on American politics and culture. This event was filled iwth so many new and familiar faces, and was a spectacular way to bid farewell to summer 2020 as HUA prepares for the start of the fall semester!





Curious about becoming a member?


Students at the University of Maryland can join HUA at any time throughout the year! If you are interested in becoming a member, reach out to one of the officers over email or social media in order to be added to our GroupMe and stay up to date on activities that are open to all members.


Officers and Advisor

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Julie Taddeo

President:  Jessica Mahoney  

A senior History and education double major with a concentration in American  Political History, and a double minor in public policy and human development. She is  planning to pursue a graduate degree with hopes to become a teacher and work in the  field of education policy. Outside of school Jessica enjoys photography and painting.  

Vice President: Gabrielle McCoy 

A senior History major with a concentration in Antebellum America and a minor in  Public Leadership.  She is interested in pursuing graduate school and one day becoming a college professor.  Beyond school, Gabrielle enjoys reading and spending time with  friends.  

 Treasurer   Kyle Cohen 

A sophomore  History major and pre-law student with a concentration in American  History. Originally from ​Westchester County, New York, Kyle loves Maryland  Basketball and the New York Knicks.

Public Outreach, Secretary   Matt Overton 

A senior History major focusing on American history, Matt is also a member of  UMD’s dodgeball club. Outside of school he enjoys writing for his personal blog along  with watching and writing about film. 

Social Media Manager    Rigby Phillips

A senior History major with a focus on gender and sexuality. She is currently researching an Honors thesis on infant mortality in early 20th-century Appalachia and working on an exhibition about the history of voting rights in the U.S. When she isn't talking about the messy race and class politics of the American women's suffrage movement, you can find her baking, arranging charcuterie, and dancing to the Mamma Mia soundtrack.