Samantha Rose DeNinno

Samantha Rose DeNinno

Research Interest

I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in Spanish, Environmental Studies, and International Studies in May of 2020.

During my three undergraduate years, I explored many different avenues of research. These included the Iranian Revolution in the context of the American and European influence on the food present during the time, the African-American cowboy career as a means of cultural and economic independence, and the use of Mary, the Virgin Mother, as a means of stifling indigenous resistance in colonial Spanish America. Furthermore, during the summer months of 2019, as the recipient of St. John’s University’s GAAP Summer Research Grant, I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana; here, I analyzed where and why the deviation between the two twin stories of Carnival and Mardi Gras as cultural resistance for freed enslaved peoples post-emancipation, began. With this work, I realized my passion for the study of cultural and social history, youth, and resistance movements across the globe. 

In addition to my studies, I interned at the National Parks of New York Harbor’s Trails & Rails Program and at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, working in particular on the Streets Paved with Gold project. On campus, I was the Culture Editor of the independent student newspaper, the Torch, from May 2018 through May 2019 and studied abroad at St. John’s Rome campus during Fall 2019.

In the future, I hope to merge historical storytelling with new and creative mediums, utilizing academia, journalism, documentary filmmaking, and oral history. I wish to focus on how individuals affect history and history affects individuals.