Doctor of Philosophy in History Alumna, Dr. Shannon Risk, Interviewed Helen Hunt on NBC Reality TV Show

Posted September 26, 2012

University of Maine Graduate Dr. Shannon Risk received her Doctoral Degree in History in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor of history at Niagara University. Risk was chosen to interview acclaimed actress Helen Hunt on NBC’s new genealogical reality show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (March 23). “Who Do You Think You Are?” follows well-known celebrities as they seek to learn about their family history. The decision to have Risk interview Hunt was based on Risk’s doctoral dissertation regarding 19th century woman suffrage movements in Maine and New Brunswick. Hunt’s great-great grandmother was instrumental in the fight for women’s voting rights, and was included in Risk’s manuscript. On the T.V. show, Risk taught Hunt about her great-great grandparent’s lives and actions. Dr. Risk said of the experience, “It was nice for me to be a part of Helen’s journey of discovery.” Dr. Shannon Risk is also a former Fulbright scholar and has published two books. For the full story, please click here