McKenna Hickox

McKenna Hickox

Research Interest

McKenna Hickox graduated summa cum laude from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland in 2019. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a minor in Professional Writing. She’s a Phi Beta Kappa member and was employed as a Writing Center tutor at Goucher. She spent a year of undergrad studying at the Università degli studi della Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy. There, she completed a communications internship at the local University Studies Abroad Consortium office and an academic internship at the St. Thomas’s International Erasmus School.

Her undergraduate capstone research focused on Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt’s time as Chief of Naval Operations in the early 1970s. She explored the significance and legacy of dramatic policy changes that took place, which sought to overcome the Navy’s institutionalized resistance to change. She took a special interest in the policies that altered the culture in the Navy as well as those that addressed race and gender issues.

McKenna’s academic interests are both broad and varied. She maintains that if she spoke more languages, she would never be able to settle on one area of focused research. She hopes to cultivate a more developed understanding of histories that are cross-cultural and international in their scope.

Outside of academia, McKenna enjoys traveling, cooking, swimming, photography, watching films, and pleasure reading.