About Us

Frank Amico

PhD Student – History – Florida State University

I am currently a first year PhD student at Florida State University. My academic interests include Cold War political and environmental history, gender and race, as well as public history and digital humanities. I have previously studied ancient history and digital humanities during my MA, which I received from the University of South Florida in 2019.

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Chelsi Arellano

PhD Student – History – Florida State University

I began my PhD at Florida State University in Fall 2019, after completing my Master’s at the University of South Florida in Early Modern European History. My academic interests include English and Dutch Empires during the late seventeenth century, with a particular focus on high politics, economics, and intellectual thought. I am also interested in the intersections of gender on political action, the relationship between imperial holdings and the metropole, and ideas of modernity.

Fun Facts About Me:
  • Has two cats named John Cena and Elsa
  • Double majored in English Literature and History in undergrad

  • Loves to eat lemons like eating an apple
  • Has fallen asleep in several grad seminars

Stephen DeCasien

PhD Student – Nautical Archaeology – Texas A&M University

I am currently a PhD student at Texas A&M University studying Nautical Archaeology. I received my Master’s in Ancient History from the University of South Florida in 2019 and attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the summer of 2018. My academic interests are Greco-Roman maritime history and archaeology with a special focus on naval warfare, naval rams, and warships. I specialize in the study of sex and gender in antiquity, especially in relation to navies and naval monuments.

Fun Facts About Me:
  • New Jersey born and raised
  • Worked as a bouncer at multiple bars and clubs

  • Last name is Filipino in origin
  • Universal Life Church Minister

Kiri Raber

PhD Student – History – Florida State University

I began pursing my PhD in the Fall of 2019 at Florida State University after earning my Master’s in Early Modern European History from the University of South Florida. My research interests include early modern European history, British history, and women and gender studies. My current research centers around Jamaica’s early English Settler colony in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, with wider interests concerning contemporary ideologies of gender and race.

Fun Facts About Me:
  • Favorite color is green
  • Born in Kokomo, Indiana

  • Worked for a bowling alley company for ten years (two sister centers)

Clayton Richards

Master of Arts – History – University of South Florida

I graduated with my MA in History from the University of South Florida. My academic areas of focus are the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. My areas of interest include American expansion and imperialism which includes the political, cultural, and social aspects of imperialism.

Fun Facts About Me:
  • Native Floridian
  • Qualified for the State GeoBee in Middle School

  • Huge movie buff
  • One of my other interests is paleontology/dinosaurs

Dragana Zivkovic

PhD Student – History – Florida State University

I am currently a first year PhD student at Florida State University. I obtained my Master’s in Medieval History with a minor in Early Modern European History from the University of South Florida in 2019. My focus is on women and gender, generally how women are portrayed in society. I have examined women through marriage laws, literature, and more recently through travel journals. My other academic interests include social and cultural history, refugees and displacement, and identity (specifically in Southeastern Europe).

Fun Facts About Me:
  • Born in Bosnia, but from Croatia/Serbia
  • Spent 5 years studying health before realizing I hated it

  • Worked in the state archives
  • Watches It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas