Ryan Sanborn


Ryan T. Sanborn, a Merrimack, New Hampshire resident majoring both in history and in politics and society, was brought to his research on Senator Norris Cotton almost by chance. When beginning research work for his senior seminar, he came across a mention of NH Senator Cotton’s proposed amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was immediately intrigued. His professor and academic adviser, Dr. John Cerullo, told Ryan about the possibility of publishing work in Inquiry, and Ryan pursued the lead. He says it was both challenging and rewarding to construct a profile of Senator Cotton after finding rich primary resources at the University of New Hampshire Archives at Dimond Library in Durham. Ryan will graduate from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester in May 2017 and is considering a career in development and advancement in higher education. He will never forget the depth of knowledge he gained about New Hampshire history through his senior research project.