Research Historian Matt Coletti conducts historical, museum, and litigation research. Prior to joining the team at HAI, Matt earned a B.A. in history from Washington College, where he graduated magna cum laude and as member of Phi Alpha Theta. Shortly thereafter, he competed his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, earning an M.A. in history and public history. While earning his advanced degree, Matt focused on the American Civil War in the Border States, and how the conflict was remembered nationwide over the last 150 years. Following the successful completion of an internship at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park during graduate school, he designed the layout for the park’s future interpretive planning about the town’s local Reconstruction history. The project culminated with his master’s thesis, entitled, “The Fate Which Overtakes Us: Benjamin F. Beall, and Jefferson County, (West) Virginia in the Civil War Era,” in which Matt analyzed the political, social, and economic dynamics during the mid-1800s, through the eyes of one local newspaper editor in the county where Harpers Ferry is located. The research Matt conducted while completing his degree, however, involved larger ideas, such as investigating the way in which communities worldwide have historically recovered from the shock of modern warfare.