MA in History

Andrew Pedry

Andrew Pedry, 2015

Honoring Distinguished Alumni

In fall 2017, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the religious studies program honored Andrew Pedry for his exemplary career.

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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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