PhD Alumni

We train students for faculty positions, for academic administration, and for jobs in various research, curatorial, and digital humanities positions in universities and in cultural organizations, museums, and other public-facing institutions. Since the recession of 2008 this commitment to comprehensive training and broader career-paths has only been redoubled, and we have expanded our efforts to train and place students in both “traditional” and “non-traditional” positions. Doing so, we work to help students negotiate the pressures that commitments to family and location can place on their professional lives. We encourage our doctoral students to consider the bigger picture – personal circumstances, individual professional desires – when preparing for the job market.

Virginia Thomas, PhD ’20, current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University

Ida Yalzadeh, PhD ’20, current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University

Alyssa Anderson, PhD ’19, current position: Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University 

Felicia Bevel, PhD '19
current position: Assistant Professor of History, University of North Florida   

Sarah Brown PhD '19
current position: Program Manager, Women's Center, Northwestern University

Suzanne Enzerink PhD '19
current position: Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies, American University of Beirut 

Wen Jin PhD '19
Independent Scholar

Elizabeth Rule PhD '19
current position: Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Assistant Professor of Professional Studies, Director of the Semester in Washington Politics Program, and Faculty in Residence, George Washington University

Elizabeth Wolfson PhD '19
current position: Co-Director, Flood Plain Gallery and Director of Operations, 2720 Cherokee; Lecturer, American Culture Studies, WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis

Emily ContoisPhD '18, current position: Chapman Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Tulsa 

Samuel FranklinPhD '18,  
current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Maria HwangPhD '18,  
current position: Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University

Majida Kargbo, PhD ’18, current position: Postdoctoral Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, Brown University

Daniel Platt, PhD ’18,  current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Legal Studies, University of Illinois, Springfield

Horace Ballard PhD '17, current position: Curator of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art

Ashley Bowen  PhD '17, current position: Editor, AHA Perspectives, American Historical Association

Christopher Elias PhD ’17, current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, St. Olaf College

Erin Curtis, PhD ’16, current position: Curator, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, CA
Pier Dominguez, PhD ’16, current position: Culture Writer, BuzzFeed, New York, NY

Annette Rodriguez, PhD ’16, current position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Pia Sahni, PhD ’16, current position: Independent Scholar, Writer, and Editor

Micah Salkind, PhD ’16, current position: Special Programs Manager for The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism

Sara Matthiesen, PhD ’15, current position: Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Studies, George Washington University

Clarissa J. Ceglio, PhD ’15, current position: Associate Director of Research, Greenhouse Studios and Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Connecticut

Brent Akio Fujioka, PhD ’15, current position: Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Scholars Program at Colgate University

Elena L. Gonzales, PhD ’15, current position: Independent Scholar; Chair, Exhibitions Committee, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Robyn Schroeder, PhD ’15, current position: Assistant Director, National Institute of American History and Democracy, College of William and Mary

Colleen Marie Tripp, PhD ’15, current position: Assistant Professor of English, California State University, Northridge

Miel Wilson, PhD ’14, current position: Faculty in English and Social Studies, Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA

Thomas Chen, PhD ’14: current position: Software Developer,

Heather Ruth Lee, PhD ’14, current position: Assistant Professor, History, NYU Shanghai

Sean Dinces, PhD ’14, Bud Selig Assistant Professor of American Sports History, University of Wisconsin, 2014-2016, resigned; current position: Assistant Professor, History and Political Science, Long Beach City College

Elizabeth Burbank-Gilb, PhD ’13, current position: History Teacher and Academic Support Specialist at Miss Hall’s School, Pittsfield, MA

Jin Suk Bae, PhD ’13, current position: Postdoctoral research fellow, Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, Seoul

Jessica Johnson, PhD ’13, current position: Outreach Director, History Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jonathan Olly, PhD ’13, current position: Curator at the Long Island Museum of American Art, Stony Brook, NY

Felicia Salinas-Moniz, PhD ’13, current position: Assistant Director, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Brown University

Sarah J. Seidman, PhD ’13, current position: Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, Museum of the City of New York

Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska, PhD ’12, current position: Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director, Public History Program, American University

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, PhD, ’12, current position: Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Center for Asian Studies, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Oscar Vinluan Campomanes, PhD ’11, current position: Associate Professor, Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Phillippines

Joseph Clark, PhD ’11 current position: Instructor, Film Studies and Media History, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University

Eric D. Larson, PhD ’11, current position: Assistant Professor, Crime and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Mireya Loza, PhD ’11, current position: Assistant Professor of Food Studies, New York University

S. Ani Mukherji, PhD ’11, current position: Assistant Professor, American Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Kelli Shapiro, PhD ’11, current position: Program Associate, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and Conference Programming and Engagement Coordinator, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association

Melanie Kohnen, PhD ’10, current position: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies, Lewis and Clark College

Angela Mazaris, PhD ’10, current position: Director, LGBTQ Center, Wake Forest University

Gabriel Mendes, PhD ’10, current position: Director of Public Health Programs, Bard Prison Initiative

Aslihan Tokgoz Onaran, PhD ’10, current position: Founder, ZenWorld International, Parenting and Expat Support, Turkey

Mario Sifuentez, PhD ’10, current position: Associate Professor of History, University of California, Merced

Margaret Stevens, PhD ’10, current position: Associate Professor, Humanities, Essex County College, Newark, NJ

Gillian Frank, Phd ’09, current position: Postdoctoral Fellow and Core Faculty, American Studies Program, University of Virginia

Mikiko Tachi, PhD ’09, current position: Associate Professor of American Studies at the Division of International Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Letters, Chiba University, Japan

Sarah Wald, PhD ’09, current position: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and English, University of Oregon

Marcia Chatelain, PhD ’08, current position: Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University

Matthew Delmont, PhD ’08, current position: Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Caroline Frank, PhD ’08, current position: Former Associate Director and Special Advisor, MA Program, American Studies, Brown University

James V. Gatewood, PhD ’08, current position:  Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco, CA

Karen Inouye, PhD ’08, current position: Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Stephanie Larrieux, PhD ’08, current position: Associate Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University