On behalf of the Department and the Delta Phi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, I am pleased to introduce the new members of the History Department’s Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society founded in 1921 at the University of Arkansas.  Today, the society has over 400,000 members, and about 9,000 new members join every year through 970 chapters nationwide.  UWM’s Delta Phi Chapter stretches back to 1953 and is one of the oldest honor societies at UWM.

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  The organization seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication.

The students we celebrate today have distinguished themselves academically not only in their history courses but in their overall performance at UWM.  But joining Phi Alpha Theta is more than a reflection of academic performance; it is a statement that these students want to honor their own commitments to the study of history and the department just as we want to honor them today.

We have twelve new initiates to the Society this year.  It’s sad that we have to honor these students remotely this year. I know we all look forward to opportunities in the future to congratulate them in person!

The department’s 2021 Phi Alpha Theta inductees are:

Amber J. Bein
Kassidee A. Bergdoll
Michelle L. Evans
Julia E. Hanley
Zalen H. Isaacson
Alissa R. Kaulfuerst
Bobbette R. Krueger
Agnes G. Lopez Flores
Elaina M. Nelson
Katlyn S. Piazza
Kevin Schmidtke
Ethan J. Solberg

I am please to welcome you all as newly initiated members of the Delta Phi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Congratulations on your accomplishments!


Nigel Rothfels
PAT Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor