Cynthia Van Zandt

When Steven heard about Dr. Cynthia Van Zandt’s research, he was immediately interested. Dr. Van Zandt is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire, where she has been since 1998. Her specialty is the seventeenth-century Atlantic world, and her current research focuses on the radical puritan underground of the 1660s in England and North America. She agreed to be Steven’s mentor for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and for his Inquiry article—both first-time experiences. His technical skills, she admitted, were outside hers, and she admired how he learned more for this project. “It was wonderful to work with him,” she said, “at the intersection of technical GIS mapping with more traditional textual research and historical analysis.  I think we both had a lot of fun.”  Dr. Van Zandt believes that “it’s always useful for historians to learn how to communicate effectively for the broadest possible audience. Inquiry offers a terrific way for student writers to do that.”