Graduate Careers & Outcomes

Our PhD graduates go on to do amazing things. From tenure-track positions in research universities to teaching in the secondary education system, working in communications to public service, our alumni have found positions where the expertise and skills of a history PhD are invaluable.

Placement Data from the Graduate School

For more detailed information about what our alumni are up to now visit the Graduate School's career outcomes page.

Career Outcome Data

Recent Placements


Tiffany Player

Assistant Professor of History
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
with a joint appointment in the Global Scholars/Study Abroad program

Dissertation: ““What Are We Going to Do For Ourselves?:” African American Women and the Politics of Slavery from the Antebellum Era to the Great Depression"


Lisa Lillie

Maryville University
with a joint appointment in the Global Scholars/Study Abroad program

Dissertation: "Empire, Community, Nation: the English Merchants of Livorno, Italy and the Sociability of Commerce in Early Modernity"

Amanda L. Scott 

Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History
United States Naval Academy

Dissertation:  "The Basque Seroras:  Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800"


Jacob Labendz 

Clayman Assistant Professor of Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Director of the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University

Dissertation: "Re-Negotiating Czechoslovakia: The State and the Jews in Communist Central Europe. The Czech Lands, 1945-1990"   

Dale Kretz

Assistant Professor of African American History
Texas Tech University

Dissertation: "State of Health: African-American Laboring Health and the Politics of Reparations in the Age of Emancipation, 1830-1900"

Bianca Lopez

W. R. Nicholson Endowed Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Southern Methodist University

Dissertation: “The Lands of the Virgin: Sacred Economies and Local Identities in the March of Ancona, 1348-1453”


Sara T. Jay

History Instructor
John Burroughs High School, St. Louis, MO

Dissertation “Falafel, Raï, and Bijoux: Cultural Exchange and the Formation of a Transnational Algerian Jewish Community, 1950-1970”

James Palmer

Assistant Professor of History
Florida State University

Dissertation: "Gold, Grain and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome"

Muey Saeteurn

Assistant Professor of History
Mississippi State University

Dissertation: "Cultivating Their Own in Kenya: A Social History of Maragoli Farmers and Development, 1955-1978"

En Li

Assistant Professor of History
Drake University

Dissertation: “Betting on Empire: A Socio-Cultural History of Gambling in Late-Qing China”


Jane F. Green

Marketing and Public Relations Manager
American Historical Association
Washington, D.C.

Dissertation: "The Boundaries of Youth: Labor, Maturity, and Coming of Age in Early Nineteenth-Century New England, 1790-1850"

Nathaniel Green

Assistant Professor of History 
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

Dissertation: “‘The Man of the People’: National Politics and the Origins of the Presidential Republic, 1787-1807”


Rajbir Purewal Hazelwood

Programme Officer - The Brilliant Club
London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Dissertation: "A Diasporic Politics of Belonging: Punjabis in Postwar Britain"

Beverly Tsacoyianis

Assistant Professor of History
University of Memphis

Dissertation: "Making Healthy Minds and Bodies in Syria, 1903-1961"

Michelle Repice

Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
Lecturer in American Culture Studies
Washington University in St. Louis

Dissertation: "A Mobile Makeover: The Limits of American Automotive Freedom, 1918-1939"


Daniel Scallet

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Georgia College

Dissertation: "An Inglorious War: The Second Seminole War, the Ad Hoc Origins of American Imperialism and the Silence of Slavery"


John Aerni-Flessner

Associate Professor of History
Michigan State University

Dissertation: “‘If We Govern Ourselves, Whose Son Is to Govern Us?’: Youth, Independence and the 1960s in Lesotho”

Amber Aragon-Yoshida

Volkswagen Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship in Germany (2011-2012)

Dissertation: "Lustmord and Loving the Other: A History of Sexual Murder in Modern Germany and Austria (1873-1932)"


Kevin Butterfield

Executive Director 
George Washington Presidential Library
Mount Vernon, VA

Dissertation: “Unbound by Law: Association and Autonomy in the Early American Republic”

Alberto Sahagun

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Bucknell University

Dissertation: “The Birth of Liberalism: The Making of Liberal Political Thought in Spain, France and England, 1808-1823”

Janek Wasserman

Assistant Professor of History
University of Alabama

Dissertation: “Black Vienna, Red Vienna: The Struggle for Intellectual and Political Hegemony in Interwar Vienna, 1918-1938”


Keona Ervin

Associate Professor of History
University of Missouri - Columbia

Dissertation: “A Decent Living Out of Our Work: Black Women’s Labor Activism in St. Louis, 1929-45”

Michael Markus

Assistant Professor of History
Alabama State University

Dissertation: “Political Passions: Local Parties and National Politics in Leeds, 1832-1867”

David Winder

Associate Professor of History
Principia College

Dissertation: “The First Ulster Crisis, 1886”


Mohammad Masad

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Member
Zayed University - Dubai

Dissertation: “The Medieval Islamic Apocalyptic Tradition: Divination, Prophecy and the End of Time in the 13th Century Eastern Mediterranean”

David Pennington

Assistant Professor of History, Politics and International Relations
Webster University

Dissertation: “Women in the Market Place: Gender, Commerce and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns”


Benjamin Cawthra

Associate Professor of History
California State University - Fullerton

Dissertation: “Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography, Race and the Image of Jazz, 1936-1965”

Books by Our PhD's

  • Aerni-Flessner, John. Dreams for Lesotho: Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development. University of Notre Dame Press. Published as part of the Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development.
  • Cawthra, Benjamin. Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • Cheng, Linsun. Banking in Modern China: Entrepreneurs, Professional Managers, and the Development of Chinese Banks, 1897-1937. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Cogswell, Thomas. The Blessed Revolution: English Politics and the Coming of War, 1621-1624. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989;
    ~Home Divisions: Aristocracy, the State and Provincial Conflict. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.
  • Ervin, Keona K. Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017.
  • Feurer, Rosemary. Radical Unionism in the Midwest, 1900-1950. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
  • Floyd, Richard D. Church, Chapel and Party: Religious Dissent and Political Modernization in Nineteenth-Century England. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • Follett, Richard R. Evangelism, Penal Theory and the Politics of Criminal Law Reform in England, 1808-30. London: Palgrave Press, 2001.
  • Forslund, Catherine. Anna Chennault: Informal Diplomacy and Asian Relations. Wilmington: SR Books, 2002.
  • Gesink, Indira Falk. Islamic Reform and Conservatism: al-Azhar and the Evolution of Modern Sunni Islam. London: I. B. Tauris, 2010;
    ~Barefoot Millionaire: John Baldwin and the Founding of Baldwin Wallace University. Ohio: Baldwin Wallace University Press.
  • Greene, Megan J. The Origins of the Developmental State in Taiwan: Science Policy and the Quest for Modernization. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.
  • Hamilton, Phillip. The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family: The Tuckers of Virginia, 1752-1830. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003.
  • Labendz, Jacob Ari, editor. Jewish Property After 1945: Cultures and Economies of Ownership, Loss, Recovery, and Transfer. Routledge, 2018.
  • Leighton, Denys. The Greenian Moment: T. H. Green, Religion and Political Argument in Victorian Britain. Exeter, UK, and Charlottesville, Virginia: Imprint Academic, 2004;
    ~Lives of Victorian Political Figures, Part IV, Volume 2: Green and Morris. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.
  • Lopatin-Lummis, Nancy. Political Unions, Popular Politics, and the Great Reform Act of 1832. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999;
    ~Public Life and Public Lives: Politics and Religion in Modern British History: Essays in Honour of Richard W. Davis. Malden, MA: Wiley- Blackwell, 2008.
  • Mayers, Ruth E. 1659: The Crisis of the Commonwealth. Rochester: Boydell and Brewer, 2004.
  • McCurdy, John Gilbert. Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
  • Muldoon, Andrew. Empire, Politics and the Creation of the 1935 India Act: Last Act of the Raj. London: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Pietz, David Allen. Engineering the State: The Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China, 1927-37. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • Robertson, James. Gone Is the Ancient Glory: Spanish Town, Jamaica, 1534-2000. Kingston: Ian Randle, 2005.
  • Rutz, Michael A. The British Zion: Congregationalism, Politics, and Empire, 1790-1850. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011.
  • Sommers, Susan Mitchell. Parliamentary Politics of a County and its Town: General Elections in Suffolk and Ipswich in the Eighteenth Century. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002.
  • Sturtz, Linda L. Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • Thomas, Samuel S. Creating Communities in Restoration England: Parish and Congregation in Oliver Heywood’s Halifax. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Todd, Margo. Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987;
    ~The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Vostral, Sharra Louise. Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.
  • Wasserman, Janek. Black Vienna: The Radical Right in the Red City: 1918-1938. Cornell University Press, 2014.
  • Wei, C. X. George. Sino-American Economic Relations, 1944-1949. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Weiser, Brian. Charles II and the Politics of Access. Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2003.
  • Westhoff, Laura M. A Fatal Drifting Apart: Democratic Social Knowledge and Chicago Reform. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2007.