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.


Sam Franklin, PhD expected ’18; 2017-2018: Creative Cities Fellow, Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford University

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

Horace Ballard PhD '17, current position: Assistant Curator of American and Modern and Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

Ashley Bowen  PhD '17, current position: Contract Curator, National Library of Medicine and Public History Programmer, Atlas Obscura, Washington, DC

Christopher Elias PhD ’17, current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, Carleton College

Erin Curtis, PhD ’16, current position: Senior Curator, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
Pier Dominguez, PhD ’16, current position: Culture Writer, BuzzFeed, New York, NY

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

Annette Rodriguez, PhD ’15, current position: Visiting Lecturer, Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of New Mexico

Clarissa J. Ceglio, PhD ’15, current position: Digital Humanities Research Assistant, Department of Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Brent Akio Fujioka, PhD ’15, current position: Academic Advisor and Counselor, Syracuse University

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

Robyn Schroeder, PhD ’15, current position: Director, Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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, Raizlabs, Boston

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: Assistant 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: Lecturer, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University

Oscar Vinluan Campomanes, PhD ’11, current position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines); Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines)

Joseph Clark, PhD ’11 current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Franklin and Marshall College

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

Mireya Loza, PhD ’11, current position: Curator, Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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: Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego; and Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University

Aslihan Tokgoz Onaran, PhD ’10, current position: Visiting Scholar, Brown University

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

Margaret Stevens, PhD ’10, current position: Faculty, Dept. of History, De Anza College

Gillian Frank, Phd ’09, current position: Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University; Managing Editor, Notches, Peer Reviewed Blog on the History of Sexuality

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: Assistant Professor of English, University of Oregon

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

Matthew Delmont, PhD ’08, current position: Professor of History, Arizona State University

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

James V. Gatewood, PhD ’08, current position:  Masters Candidate in Nursing, University of California, San Francisco and Project Manager/Patient Care Assistant, Brentwood Manor Board and Care Facility

Karen Inouye, PhD ’08, current position: Assistant Professor, American Studies, Indiana University

Stephanie Larrieux, PhD ’08, current position: Assistant Professor, Film Studies, Clark University