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Erin S

- Research Program Mentor

JD/PhD Juris Doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Law, American History, American Religious History, Religion & Law, Historiography

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Legal Research Project

For students thinking about pre-law and, eventually, law school, this project will allow them to see what legal research looks like. We would work together to find a legal topic that interests you and you will either produce a Memo (objective, factual review of current law) or a Brief (persuasive argument based on current law). These are the two main types of writing in Law School, so this will give you the chance to get some exposure to this kind of work now.

Archival Research Presentation

Lots of libraries and other organizations have archives and special collections that pretty much anyone can visit. In this project, you will learn the skills of archival research and we will work together to create a presentation of your research. You will produce an informative talk about what you found in your chosen archives and you can present it with accompanying slides, photos, and texts.

Local History Project

Have you ever wanted to know more about the place you live and the people who lived there long before you? Together we will design a project that allows you to investigate the history of your chosen location. Hopefully you will be able to visit cool historical sites, read historical documents, and meet interesting people.

Choose your own adventure

Although my own research tends to be writing papers, if you've got a burning idea about a project you want to undertake, I'm game to help you figure it out! Whether it be writing and producing a podcast, doing an oral history project, or creating a multimedia presentation, I'm excited to help you figure it out.

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