Ryan Estes

Ryan Estes

History

Ryan is a history major who transferred from the Daytona State College Honors Quanta Program. He is also a member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), for which he was the president of the Stetson chapter in academic year 2021-2022, and the Stetson Honors Program. In 2021, he was awarded a Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience Grant and a History Department Evans Johnson Research Grant. His senior thesis, “Holy War for Occitania: The Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1213,” investigated the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) as a holy war that sought to extirpate heresy by reforming Occitan society. The crusade attempted to reform religious and secular norms in Occitania by dispossessing heretical lords and introducing religious, legal, and political customs from France and Rome to strengthen Church and State. Through military conquest and the implementation of reform, the crusade succeeded in reshaping the sociopolitical landscape of Occitania.

Ryan has worked as a front desk supervisor at Hard Rock Daytona during his undergraduate studies, and upon graduation, he will apply for a Marshall Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Medieval History.

Professors have praised him for having “a creative intellect with a knack for asking challenging questions that make everyone think,” as “an engaged student who throws himself into his studies, even in areas he claims not to like as much,” as “a congenial classroom participant who helped us create a strong community in Covid times,” for being “intellectually mature with a commendable work ethic,” and for “his leadership among the History majors.”