PhD Student Career Outcomes

One of the greatest strengths of our PhD program is its high success rate in terms of career outcomes for our students.


This success rate is directly related to our program's design to support career diversity in the profession–for example, preparing students for digital history, public history and military history careers, rather than focusing only on tenure-track teaching careers. 

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:



  •  Jacqueline Beatty (2016), Assistant Professor of History, York College of Pennsylvania
  • Lindsey Bestebreurtje (2017), Curatorial Assistant, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Erin Bush (2019), Assistant Professor of History, University of North Georgia
  • Joshua Catalano (2019), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Public History program, Department of History and Geography, Clemson University
  • Sara Collini (2020), Postdoctoral Fellow in University History, Clemson University
  • Susan Douglass (2016), Education Outreach Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
  • Royce Gildersleve (2018), Assistant Professor of History, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Eric Gonzaba (2019), Assistant Professor of American Studies, California State University-Fullerton
  • Misha Griffith (2017), Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Steven Harris-Scott (2016), Term Assistant Professor and Program Manager, INTO Program, George Mason University
  • Ben Hurwitz (2017), Assistant Professor, Prince George’s Community College
  • Anne McDivitt (2018), Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Alabama
  • Lynn Price (2018), Assistant Editor, Papers of George Washington, University of Virginia
  • Amanda Regan (2019), Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History
  • Ben Schneider (2019), Teaching and Research Fellow, U.S. Naval War College
  • Stephanie Seal Walters (2020), Digital Liaison in the Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Celeste Sharpe (2016), Academic Technologist for Instructional Technology, Carleton College
  • Nathan Sleeter (2017), Research Assistant Professor, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, GMU
  • Jeri Wieringa (2019), Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alabama