Jon Otto

OU Major: 
History/Social Studies Education Certification
Research Mentor: 
Dr. Jennifer Davis
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project: 
For this research project, I invested research into British intellectual history, especially surrounding the period of the American and French Revolutions. The project was focused on the feelings and attitudes of the British public, government, and various intellectuals towards these revolutions that impacted Britain in such intimate ways. I drew upon various contemporary sources from leading figures of British thought, as well as the work of modern-day scholars, to determine the changes and constants of Britain during this period of intense change in the world surrounding it.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students: 
Looking back, I can say that this research project was one of my proudest moments, just because of the sheer volume of work and dedication I put in to learning all I could about Britain during the late eighteenth century. It was such a fun project to undertake, and if I could, I would do it over and over again.If I had to offer a word of advice to fellow researchers, it would be this: Do not be afraid to stray from your initial point of emphasis. Too often, it can be tempting to build a little box for what you think your research should end up looking like, instead of letting the information you learn guide your end result. Also, be proud of each of the papers and projects you complete, because you will not always have these opportunities.
Published Work: 
Otto, Jon. OU Historical Journal 5 (Spring 2016). http://history.ou.edu/journal-2016