MA in History

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson, 2014

  • Park Historian at Denali National Park
  • During program held internships with the National Park Service
  • Recipient of the 2012-2013 Randy Beth Clarke Fellowship in American History
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Pam Smith

Pam Smith, 2014

MA degree helped her get consulting positions on interpretive exhibits at historic and other public sites, and to co-edit a book about Martin Luther King's Chicago Freedom Movement. She has also put her training to work in teaching nonviolent conflict resolution.

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Tariq Khan

Tariq Khan, 2013

  • Currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois
  • Undergraduate and Graduate alum
  • Received the Page-Nelson Award in American History 2010-2011
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Ann Steensland

Ann Steensland, 2013

  • MA History program prepared Ann for a career as a policy analyst
  • Thesis on South African history
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Clay Farrington

Clay Farrington, 2012

Navy veteran found a lifelong calling.

After service in the Navy, Farrington earned his MA and landed a position as a staff historian at a naval museum. "The emphasis on cultural history at GMU," he writes, "has prepared me to delve into subjects that the average military history buff would dare not touch."

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Rebecca Erbelding

Rebecca Erbelding, 2006

  • Archivist at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Discovered and analyzed photo album of an SS guard at Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Recipient of the Dean's Challenge Fellowship for 2010-2011
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Mark Jones

Mark Jones, 2004

Interactive Web Manager at WETA

A former National Park Service guide, Mark used the MA program to advance his career. Now Mark works at WETA, a public television station, where among other duties he manages Boundary Stones (, WETA's blog about local history.

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Robert Orrison

Robert Orrison, 2003

  • Historic Site Operations Supervisor, Prince William County Historic Preservation Division
  • Co-authored "A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9-19, 1863"
  • Developing two collaborative historical blogs
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Jessica Finnefrock

Jessica Finnefrock, 2002

  • Roy Rosenzweig Outstanding Alumus Award 2012
  • Senior Vice President for Product Development at Blackboard
  • 2002 Graduate of the MA in history
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