Steven Cowley


A position as a research assistant led history major Steven Cowley to the seventeenth century and into learning complex mapmaking skills through Geographic Information Science. About the past, he learned that “it’s easy to dismiss the value and complexity of the past if we assume that our technological achievements today mean that we have it figured out.” About research, he came to realize that, “I will never know how much I don’t know, and consequently what might seem a simple task may in fact be far more complicated than anticipated.” Steven comes from Southampton, Massachusetts, is a member of the University Honors in Major program and will graduate in May 2016 with a bachelor of arts in history from the University of New Hampshire. He is currently finishing his Honors Thesis on the history of the nineteenth-century geologist and theologian, Edward Hitchcock. Steven feels, “digital mapmaking will be a part of whatever path I take.”