About us

Our Story

​The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities is a student-run journal for University of Kansas Humanities students. Its primary goal is to provide a venue for undergraduates to publish their research in the Humanities. Its second goal is to promote the viability and brilliance of the Humanities. It is designed to be a place where undergraduates can share their research. It was developed in 2015 by KU students and published its first issue on September 7, 2016.

The current team is led by Editor-in-Chief Savannah Pine and Co-Editor Matt Dunn.

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The Editorial Staff

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Savannah Pine

Editor-in-Chief

Savannah Pine is a senior at KU majoring in History and European Studies, and minoring in English. She is from El Paso, Texas. She hopes to get a doctorate in Early Modern French History.

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Matt Dunn

Co-Editor

Matt Dunn is a junior at KU majoring in History and minoring in French. He is from Overland Park, Kansas. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Belgium.

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Matthew Clough

Editorial Team

Matthew Clough is a senior at KU majoring in English (Creative Writing) and Journalism (News and Information). He is from Wichita, Kansas. He is also the digital editor for the University Daily Kansas and he is super into Japanese literature.

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Korbin Painter

Editorial Team

Korbin Painter is a junior at KU majoring in History, and minoring in Classical Antiquities and German Studies. He is from Augusta, Kansas. His aspiration is to teach English in Germany and to go to graduate school.

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Sandra Sanchez

Editorial Team

Sandra Sanchez is a junior at KU majoring in History, Global and International Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and minoring in Indigenous Studies. She is currently living in Lawrence, Kansas. Interestingly, she knows a massive amount of Star Trek trivia.

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Kerry McCullough

Editorial Team

Kerry McCullough is a senior at KU majoring in Journalism (Strategic Communications) and Linguistics, and minoring in Spanish. She is from Auburn, California. She has gone surfing in Ireland, and her aspiration is to write a book one day.

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Rachel Atakpa

Secretary & Editorial Team

Rachel Atakpa is a sophomore at KU majoring in English (Creative Writing) and minoring in Spanish. She is from Derby, Kansas. She aspires that after a full life of travel, teaching, and writing, she hopes to retire to a large farmhouse in the country where she can spend her mornings gardening, afternoons oil painting, and evenings writing more books.​

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Kurtis Engel

Treasurer & Editorial Team

Kurtis Engel is a sophomore at KU majoring History major and a double minor in Business Administration and German. He is from Overland Park, Kansas.

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Alicia Whitson

Editorial Team

Alicia Whitson is a junior at KU majoring in Political Science, English, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is from Shawnee, Kansas. She was the head writer of a web series called “Green Gables Fables,” and she hopes to publish a novel someday.

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Austin Wilson

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Austin Wilson is a sophomore at KU majoring in History and American Studies. He is from Wichita, Kansas. He once drove 5 hours for a concert just to see the opener.

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James Paisley

Editorial Team

James Paisley is a senior at KU double majoring in History (War & Conflict) and International Studies (Comparative Governments) with a minor in Business. He is from Kansas City, Missouri. His interests are international security, conflict studies, and Magic: The Gathering.

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Jo Young

Editorial Team

​Jo Young is currently a sophomore double majoring in History and Illustration/Animation. She comes from Saint Louis, Missouri and aspires to be somewhat less poor than everyone thinks she is going to be.

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Chad Uhl

Web Designer

Chad Uhl is a senior at KU double majoring in Classical Antiquity and Classical Languages. He is from Bonner Springs, KS. He is interested in how digital research methodologies can be used to further our understanding of texts and media. After graduation, Chad hopes to purse a doctorate in Classics.

The Legal Stuff

(so we don't get sued)

Copyright Information

Copyrights to all text and images of submissions to the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities (collectively, the "Journal Content") are reserved by the authors thereof, subject to a license in favor of the Journal as well as to the Creative Commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License" outlined and described in detail at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode (the "Creative Commons License"), that, in summary and without limitation or waiver of the language of the Creative Commons License, allows, for non-commercial purposes, others to distribute and copy the Journal Content, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

Pursuant to Section 3(A)(1) of the Creative Commons License, the following is being provided by the Journal and its authors: (a) the creator(s) of particular Journal Content is the person(s) identified as the author(s) on the first page of the article containing such Journal Content; (b) both the creator(s) and the Journal should be receive attribution; (c) the attribution must include the creator(s)’ name(s), the title of the article including the Journal Content, the name of the Journal, and the date of publication of the issue of the Journal containing such article; (d) copyright notice to be retained must use the format: ©[name of creator(s), year of publication]; (e) a notice to be retained must state: "This work is subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, including, without limitation, the disclaimer of warranties and limitation of liability described therein."; and (e) if reasonably practical, the url/hyperlink for the article shall be included, or which may be obtained by contacting the Journal.

Pledges From Our Staff

To ensure that your work is handled with the utmost integrity, all of our staff members sign pledges of objectivity and privacy. You can view these via the linked PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Savannah Pine.