Featured Students

CHFA Featured Student: Chloe Chaplin


  • Name: Chloe Chaplin
  • Year: Freshman
  • Major: Liberal Arts with a focus in History
  • Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Quirky Fact: My cat’s name is Norman Bates, after the killer from Psycho. He has issues. I’m not sure which came first–the name or the problems
  • .Best movie you’ve seen recently: The Revenant
  • Favorite thing to get on campus: Uncrustables from the library
  • I’m listening to: Grizfolk and Stromae
  • I’ll never eat: Sour Cream
  • If you could visit one place: Croatia

Tell us about yourself:

In my high school I was the co-president of the gay/straight alliance, which is how I got into a lot of activism. I grew up around politics and activism, and we worked to get the alliance into the yearbook which seems small but was a big achievement. I always knew I wanted to come to Murray, and it happened to work out that I was given a great opportunity with the Presidential Scholars Fellowship.

Click here to read more about the Presidential Scholars Fellowship.

Why History?

History has always been my passion since elementary school. I used to watch History Channel documentaries while my sister was watching the Disney Channel. I really enjoy the professors I’ve had so far; the department is helpful and encouraging and I’ve learned so much already so I can’t imagine how I will feel when I graduate.

Chloe presented her work last week during Scholars Week.

What have you been working on? 

I’ve been working on witchcraft in Early Modern Europe. I prepared a poster on visual depictions of witches and the stereotypical depictions of witches contrasted with women who actually participated in witchcraft. It’s a fascinating topic about the ways female sexuality was criminalized and I hope it takes me further. The witch craze in Europe permanently altered communities and gender relations. The ramifications of the breakdown of trust between women, as well as between the sexes, lasted for centuries. Accused women would often name relatives as accomplices under torture. It is a terrifying example of how family members could turn on one another. Also, animals were often involved in accusations because it was widely believed that females could not have sex directly with the devil.

An example of a woodcut that Chloe studies

What do you want to do?

I’d like to work on an international scale with transnational issues, mainly women’s reproductive rights. Hopefully I can work through the state department or with a non-profit. I’m also interested in domestic politics, so I could see myself possibly pursuing a career in that.

The web page for the Karam Foundation, an organization Chloe supports.

What are you doing next semester?

Next fall I’ll be studying in Regensburg. I’ll be taking some honors seminars as well as a business class and German classes. I’ll be going to Prague, Ireland, and Budapest. I really want to see the coast of Ireland!

Want to go to Regensburg? Watch this video below!


About Chloe, History Department Chair Kathy Callahan writes, “Chloe has been a joy to work with. Seldom do I find a student so engaged in a particular area of study so early in their college career. In fact, I’ve never had a student use the terms patriarchy, feminism, misogyny in a single sentence!!””


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