History Concentrators After Brown University

History concentrators have pursued a wide range of careers in medicine, business, law, management consulting, communications and media, and the foreign service. They now work for firms including Amazon.com, Google, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Archives, Dow Jones and Company, DreamWorks, Kaiser Permanente, Cisco Systems, Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation, Department of the Treasury, and Algonquin Books.

Our graduates routinely get into top-10 law schools and elite graduate programs.  Brown’s History Concentrators are more likely to be employed than the average Brown graduate.  Over the past few years 91% of our concentrators have either been employed (72%) or in graduate school (19%) in the first year after graduation.

To learn more about what you can do with your History degree, please visit the CareerLab.

You can connect with other History alumni by joining our Brown History Group on LinkedIn and stay connected on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. 

For information on what History concentrators were doing 5 and 10 years after graduation, please see the links under "Alumni Pathways" for History in Focal Point.

Here's what History concentrators from the classes of 2015 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation. (Information provided by Brown’s CareerLab)

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History Graduates in the Workplace (2016 data)

  • 2nd Lieutenant, US Marine Corps
  • Actor, Seattle Shakespeare Company
  • Admissions Officer, Brown University
  • Alaska Aces - Professional Hockey Player, East Coast Hockey league
  • Analyst, Citigroup
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • Assistant Account Executive, Grey Group
  • Assistant Project Manager, H&H Builders
  • Associate Editor, Heleo Media
  • Associate, Ernst & Young - Parthenon
  • Associate, Liwwa Peer-to-Peer Lending
  • Breaking News Intern, Catch News
  • Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company
  • Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company
  • CNS Undergraduate Nonproliferation Intern, Monterey Institute of International Studies - Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Communicatioand Operations Manager, Museum of Jewish Montreal
  • Consultant, Exeter Group
  • Corporate Buyer, Bloomingdale's
  • Corps Member, City Year
  • Corps Member, Teach For America
  • Editor, EF Education First
  • Education Program Assistant, Washington Nonprofits
  • Eisendrath Legislative Assistant, Religious Action Center
  • Federal Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
  • Fellow, Venture for America
  • Founder, Beat the Streets
  • Fulbright Scholar - Research, BRAC University
  • History and English Teacher, The Lycee International de Saint Germain-en-Laye
  • House Manager, Ars Nova
  • Humanities Teacher, Our Sisters' School
  • Intern, Brunswick Group
  • International Business Devellopment Executive, NextLevel Pharma
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Lazard
  • Lead Teacher, Teach For America
  • Legal Assistant (International Arbitration), White & Case LLP
  • Litigation Legal Assistant, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • North American Language and Culture Assistant at CEIP Doctor Tolosa Latour, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España
  • Operations Associate; Co Founder and Curator, The Voleon Group; Gallery Gentrifique
  • Organizer In-Training, AFL-CIO
  • Paralegal, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Paralegal, Federal Defenders of New York
  • Private Tutor, Cardinal Scholars
  • Producer, Forbes
  • Project Assistant, Jenner & Block
  • Research Assistant, Lancaster General Hospital
  • Rotational Associate, Optoro
  • Sales Support Analyst, Bank of New York Mellon
  • Teacher, Discovery Museum
  • Teacher, The English School Gothenburg
  • Website Editorial Intern, Distributed Art Publishers

Graduate Schools Attended by History Concentrators Class of 2015

  • Brown University, MA, History
  • Brown University, MAT, Teaching
  • Brown University, MPA, Public Affairs
  • Brown University, MPA, Public Affairs
  • Columbia University Law School, JD
  • Harvard University, PhD, Planetary Science
  • Mt. Sinai School Of Medicine, MD
  • University of Cambridge - Harvey A. Baker Fellow, MPhil, Political Science
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil, Comparative Literature and Culture
  • University of Chicago and Georgetown University, MA, History at Chicago and Art & Museum Studies at Georgetown
  • University of Puerto Rico, MA, History


Alumni DUG:



Talia Brenner Talia Brenner '19 My name is Talia Brenner and I am a senior concentrating in history. I have taken a wide range of classes in the department and is especially interested in 20th century U.S. history. I especially value the history concentration’s flexible requirements and wonderful opportunities to connect with professors. Outside of classes, I am a student leader at Brown RISD Hillel and am active with various student theater groups and political organizations on campus.



medium_Quinton.jpg Quinton Huang '19 My name is Quinton Huang, and I’m a senior focusing on East Asia within the History concentration. I love the History concentration because every single History professor I've had has been warm, welcoming and supportive to all their students, and because I value the empathy for people of other times, places and circumstances that the study of history instils. My main interests are Hong Kong, Manchuria, Korea and the global Third World. Outside of history, I am also an East Asian Studies concentrator, study Chinese at Brown, and am involved in the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative. 


Jane Lichacz Jane Lichacz '19 Hi! My name is Jane Lichacz and I am a senior, concentrating in History with a field of focus in Modern America. My favorite aspect of the History concentration is the opportunity to work closely with professors and fellow students, for example, through my on-campus job as a Research Assistant. Outside of the History DUG, I am a member of Brown Motion Pictures as well as a tutor at Roosevelt Academy.



Ben Martel Ben Martel '19 Hi, my name is Ben Martel and I am a senior concentrating in history, with a focus on Europe and Judaism. I love the history department at Brown because of the phenomenal professors who teach exciting courses that challenge students to think critically about the past. When I am not studying history, I am involved with Best Buddies, Delta Tau Fraternity, and student music groups.



Tom Oyewole Tomi Onabanjo '19 While my full name is Oluwatomisin, I usually just go by Tomi for short. I am currently a senior concentrating in History and Africana Studies. I am particularly interested in the historical, social and cultural relationships between individuals of the African continent and those of the Diaspora. My interest in the History Department largely stems from my ardent belief that there is no means to ameliorate the problems of today, without understanding their roots in the events of the past. I am also one of the co-captains for the Men’s Club Volleyball Team, a tutor for Brown’s Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program, and an upperclassmen mentor in the Black Student Union.


medium_001 (1).JPG Gabriela Ortiz '19 "Hi! My name is Gabriela Ortiz and I am a senior from Santa Fe, NM. I am concentrating in History with a particular focus on the development of medicine, science and technology in Colonial Latin America. A concentration in History has allowed me to connect with my fellow students, establish meaningful relationships with my professors, and gain a deeper appreciation for the different cultures, languages, and belief systems that have shaped modern society. Outside of history, I am a student coordinator for the BRCC, a member of Brown's Pre-med Society, a student archivist and a licensed EMT."


medium_Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.18.20 PM.pngGwenyth Winship’19 Hello! My name is Gwenyth and I’m a senior concentrating in Modern U.S. History. I’ve held two research positions on campus working with a professor of Civil War history and an associate professor of Indigenous Peoples in the English Atlantic. In addition to studying modern America, I love histories of the Middle East, Caribbean, and South America, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any of those areas too. When I’m not studying, I compete as a sprinter for the Varsity Track & Field team, and share cups of coffee with Brown’s quirky “Write It!” Novel-ing Club.



CLASS OF 2018          

Katy Chu Katy Chu '18  My name is Katy, and I am a senior from Los Angeles. This year, I am writing a thesis about how British missionaries in interwar Egypt worked within imperial contexts. In the History department, I have taken courses on a wide variety of geographical areas (Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Europe) and have developed an interest in the legacies of colonialism. Aside from working with the DUG, I am the Company Manager for Fusion Dance Company, a Genetics TA, and a tutor with Partnership for Adult Learning.


 Zoë Gilbard Zoë Gilbard '18 My name is Zoë Gilbard and I am a senior at Brown University, double concentrating in Public Health and History. Within History, I am particularly interested in the development of science and medicine in the modern world, focusing on the social ramifications of changing scientific ideologies. In the future, I hope to pursue both clinical medicine and public health research, in an effort to impact health policy in the United States.



Yang Guo Yang Guo '18  Hi there! My name is Yang Guo from Beijing, China. I am a senior focusing on East Asian and American history. I interned in the US Senate through the Brown in D.C. program and at the Embassy of Canada in D.C.. I am especially interested in how history shapes US and Chinese domestic and foreign policies today. In my spare time, I love to teach, do yoga and sing!



Sarah Novicoff Sarah Novicoff '18     Hi! I'm Sarah Novicoff, and I'm a senior concentrating in History from Los Angeles, CA. My field of focus is on the modern United States, and my thesis focuses on the first federal psychiatric hospital in the U.S. and its response to the Civil War. Besides coordinating the History DUG, I also volunteer with BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment), give tours around Brown's campus, and research the effect of teacher policy in the Department of Education. I also studied abroad in London last semester!


Ryan Simshauser Ryan Simshauser '18  My name is Ryan Simshauser, and I am a senior focusing on American History within the Department. I am most interested in post-war American History as well as law and legal history. I am currently writing a senior thesis that combines these interests, focusing on the intersection of drug use, race and athletics and their relation to the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act. I’ve found that the History department offers students a chance to think in new and critical ways about widely accepted narratives, and I’ve greatly enjoyed my courses in the department.