On behalf of the History Graduate Students' Association (HGSA), welcome to the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! The HGSA is the representative body of the department's graduate students to the faculty, staff, and administration.  More than that, it is a group of peers interested in creating a strong and supportive graduate student community. We hold monthly meetings to discuss issues and concerns, host workshops and colloquiums on a range of topics from grant writing and fellowships to navigating the job market. We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings throughout the year. According to our Constitution, all history graduate students in-residence are automatically members of the HGSA unless they indicate otherwise.  

Our primary event is the James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities held every spring. The Rawley Conference was founded to provide a forum for graduate students across discplines to present their work and receive valuable feedback from department faculty. Interest and attendance to the conference has been growing every year since its establishment and draws participants from several regional universities.  The conference provides a welcome forum for presenting research as well as the opportunity to help run a conference.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the program, institution, or community, please feel free to contact us.  We especially encourage prospective students to contact us regarding our graduate program.


Best wishes,

Brian Sarnaki, President
Mikal Brotnov, Vice President; Co-Chair, James Rawley Conference
Luke Chennell, Treasurer
Holly Kizewski, Secretary
Alyson Alvarez, Co-Chair, James Rawley Conference