Franklin Eck ‘22 — the URECA researcher of the month for April 2022 — is a history major with a passion for early American history. Working under the mentorship of Professor Paul Kelton, Gardiner Chair in American History, Eck did an extensive project on the history of the Esopus Wars (1659-1660), which has been published in the Stony Brook Undergraduate History Journal (2021). More recently, Eck has been completing a senior honors thesis, also supervised by Kelton, titled, “A Nursery for Almost Every Villain in the Country: The Burning of Kingston, New York on October 16, 1777.”
What Eck values most as an aspiring graduate student in the field of 17th and 18th century American history is the opportunity to do primary archival research. He is the recipient of the Department of History’s Gardiner Scholarship and plans to pursue a master’s degree in history following graduation in May. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Eck earned an associate’s degree from Dutchess Community College.
Read the interview with URECA Director Karen Kernan.