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Mikaela (Mik) H

- Research Program Mentor

MS at Simmons University


History; Cultural heritage; archaeology; anthropology; Classical studies (Ancient Greek & Roman history, language and culture); library science and archives


I graduated from Cornell University with a B.A in Archaeology and Classics with a minor in Anthropology, and I am currently enrolled in a graduate dual degree program in History (M.A.) and Archives Management (M.S) at Simmons University. I have worked on three archaeological projects (excavating two Roman sites and one Late Bronze Age site). My primary interests lie within history and the "GLAM" professions: galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. I am experienced conducting historical research and working in archival repositories and special collections, which has included positions at Cornell, Harvard, and the Smithsonian. My interests include LGBTQ history, cultural histories, Classical reception, the decolonization of cultural heritage institutions, improving the diversity of collections, and improving collections accessibility. I am passionate about working and teaching within the broad field of cultural heritage. I would love to take on students who are interested in learning more about academic research within history, anthropology, archaeology, and Classics, or practical work within libraries, archives, and museums.

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.

Classical Reception in Modern Media

Are you interested in the ways in which Classical mythology and iconography are used within modern media? What can the Ancient Greek text and imagery within Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" video tell us about the queer experience in America? What purpose does the Orpheus myth serve within Portrait of a Lady On Fire (2019)? If this type of project interests you, I'd love to work together. We would begin by reading and discussing important works on Classical reception, and then shift our focus to the media of your choice to produce a research paper, journal article, or oral presentation.

Languages I know

Latin, Ancient Greek

Teaching experience

Since 2016, I have been tutoring high school and college students in English composition and standardized test preparation. I also have several years of experience working as a mentor and college application essay editor. I love helping students to find their voices and follow their passions!


Work experience

Harvard Law School (2023 - Current)
Digital Asset Management Assistant
Boston College (2022 - 2024)
Reference Assistant
Harvard University Schlesinger Library (2022 - 2022)
Reading Room Assistant
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (2020 - 2021)
Archives Center Intern


Cornell University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2019)
Archaeology and Classics; minor in Anthropology
Simmons University
MA Master of Arts candidate
Simmons University
MS Master of Science
Archives Management

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