Email a Current Student

There is no better way to get to know a program than by speaking with students in the midst of graduate studies. Below are profiles of some of our current students who are willing to speak with prospective students about the program. Feel free to contact them with your questions about life in MAPH, Chicago, or at the University. You can also get some sense here of the variety of goals and backgrounds of the people who come to MAPH.

Browse student bios below:

Anna Orton-Hatzis |
Anna graduated from McGill University in 2015 with a B.A. in joint honors Art History and Anthropology. At McGill, Anna completed two theses, the first on repatriation policies in Canadian museums and the second on Scottish female potter Emma Gillies, a project written in conjunction with an exhibition at the University of Edinburgh. At the University of Chicago, Anna is pursuing her studies in MAPH and specifically in Art History. For her master’s thesis she plans to pursue her studies in 19th century French art, post-colonial theory and gender studies. In her spare time, she enjoys going to see live music and theatre as well as skyping with her cat back home in Montreal. Anna would be happy to answer questions about studying art history here at UC and/or her experience as an international (Canadian) student in MAPH.

Maggie Sandholm |

Maggie graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a B.A. in Philosophy. Her undergraduate thesis, inspired by the work of Barbara Herman, debated the characterization of Immanuel Kant as a psychological hedonist by analyzing his claims on moral psychology in Critique of Practical Reason. Her philosophical interests are wide-ranging, but she is primarily interested in philosophy of mind, self-knowledge, moral psychology, Kant, and ethics. At the University of Chicago, Maggie plans to continue researching classical and contemporary philosophy in these areas. Her thesis work in MAPH will concern problems of self-consciousness: investigating whether indexical thought is required for the motivation to act. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city, hanging out with friends, and listening to her vinyl collection.
Nic Harris |
Nic graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Spanish.  While at Oglethorpe, he was a member of the university’s soccer team. During his final year he conducted research on “the Rhineland Bastards,” which was the only black group that Hitler targeted during the Holocaust, and was deemed “a forgotten genocide.” He also conducted research regarding the prison industrial complex and the disproportionate incarceration rates of African Americans and Latinos. Before joining MAPH he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard 3 ships. While in MAPH, Nic intends to focus on race, politics, and culture. His academic interests include anti colonial literature, gender studies, and human rights. His postgraduate ambition is to become a Public Affairs Officer for the Navy, and write for the Navy Times and Armed Forces Network. Outside of academia Nic enjoys crying over the Lakers losing, drinking boxed wine, and binge watching Shameless or The Walking Dead (his guilty pleasures). Contact Nic if you have any questions regarding the transition back into Academia or if you're a veteran/service member interested in the program.
Alex Valin |
Alex graduated from Oglethorpe University in May, 2016 with a B.A. in English Literature, with minors in Philosophy and Creative Writing. While at Oglethorpe, Alex worked on the university’s literary magazine, and became the Editor during his last year and a half. He also got the opportunity to study abroad at New College, Oxford University in the Fall of 2013. Alex is interested 20th/21st century American Literature and Southern Literature, particularly themes of race, class, and formation of identity within the American novel. In his little free time outside of MAPH, Alex watches a lot of Law and Order: SVU and dreams of writing a thesis on literary and feminist hardcore punk.