Current Robinson Honors Fellows

John Daniel Bratcher

Class of 2019
Hometown: Beulaville, NC
Majors: Journalism & History. Minor: Medieval and Early Modern Studies

A graduate of James Sprint Community College, John will travel to Great Britain this summer to visit medieval and modern religious sites. He will examine their architecture as a means of communication and explore how these spaces shaped and were shaped by their communities.

Thomas Elliott

Class of 2019
Hometown: Carrboro, NC
Majors: Political Science & Contemporary European Studies. Minor: Visual Communications

Originally from the Netherlands and having lived for several years in Brussels, this summer Thomas will study the constructed history of King Leopold II’s rule over what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thomas will focus on how Belgian citizens experienced and still experience their colonial pasts.

Nicholas Gigot

Class of 2020
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Majors: Economics & Environmental Studies. Minor: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Nicholas will travel to Germany to study sixteenth-century innovations in cartography and analyze their impacts on the theory and practice of geographic information science. Nicholas will research the lives and works of highly influential German cartographers and will culminate his project by juxtaposing their maps to 21st-century maps created with geographic information systems. He hopes his research will contextualize the significance of cartography in the Information Age.

Brodie Heginbotham

Class of 2019
Hometown: Edenton, NC
Major: Religious Studies. Minors: Advertising & Ancient Greek

This summer, Brodie will be investigating the ideological and religious developments of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimages in Spain. The medieval Catholic pilgrimage routes recently attracted travelers from all religious and cultural backgrounds. By travelling on the routes and interviewing pilgrims, and by studying primary medieval literature, Brodie will seek to understand the development of these routes into a postmodern world and how the ideology of pilgrimage has shifted throughout the centuries.

Megan McCorkle

Class of 2019
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Majors: History & Political Science

This summer, Megan will travel to Paris, France to study the Paris Commune of 1871 and create a more vivid understanding of the people who fought in the barricades. Megan’s project will culminate in an interactive map that will use photographs and art to bring the Paris Commune to life.

Kate Warren

Class of 2019
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Major: History

Kate will travel to Italy, France, and England this summer to research the medieval culture of warfare and its representations of masculinity by immersing herself in the study of arms, armor, and tournaments from 1000 to 1500. Kate hopes to not only draw conclusions about how the trappings of male nobility were perceived and what they represented, but to also examine how they supported and contributed to the concept of masculinity.