PhD History Placements

Updated: September 2020

We have a proven track-record of placing students into a variety of jobs in the field of history, including tenure-track teaching positions as well as positions in a range of public and academic institutions.

It is difficult to give precise figures about our placement rate, as our program is relatively new, and as we also have many students attend part-time while already employed. (Many of them go on to receive new jobs or raises during their studies, or after graduating, but we don’t count them in our “placement” rate.) 

Between the summer of 2016 and the summer of 2020, 23 full-time students graduated from our program.  Nineteen of them hold full-time jobs in their field of study – eight hold ongoing positions in public history or academic institutions; five hold tenure-track teaching positions at colleges or universities; three hold ongoing teaching positions at community colleges; and three hold multi-year postdoctoral fellowships.   A list of the particular places our recent graduates are working can be found below. 

You might also be interested in reading this news story about the work of some of our recent graduates:  https://historyarthistory.gmu.edu/articles/13936

1. Jacqueline Beatty (2016), Assistant Professor of History, York College of Pennsylvania

2. Lindsey Bestebreurtje (2017), Curatorial Assistant, National Museum of African American History and Culture

3. Erin Bush (2019), Assistant Professor of History, University of North Georgia

4. Joshua Catalano (2019), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Public History program, Department of History and Geography, Clemson University

5. Sara Collini (2020), Postdoctoral Fellow in University History, Clemson University

6. Susan Douglass (2016), Education Outreach Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

7. Royce Gildersleve (2018), Assistant Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College

8. Eric Gonzaba (2019), Assistant Professor of American Studies, California State University-Fullerton

9. Misha Griffith (2017), Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College

10. Steven Harris-Scott (2016), Term Assistant Professor and Program Manager, INTO Program, George Mason University

11. Ben Hurwitz (2017), Assistant Professor, Prince George’s Community College

12. Anne McDivitt (2018), Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Alabama

13. Lynn Price (2018), Assistant Editor, Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia

14. Amanda Regan (2019), Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History

15. Ben Schneider (2019), Teaching and Research Fellow, U.S. Naval War College

16. Stephanie Seal Walters (2020), Digital Liaison in the Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi

17. Celeste Sharpe (2016), Academic Technologist for Instructional Technology, Carleton College

18. Nathan Sleeter (2017), Research Assistant Professor, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, GMU

19. Jeri Wieringa (2019), Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alabama