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Department of History: A year like no other

In the spring of 2020, our students and faculty faced unprecedented circumstances, which continue into the 2020-2021 academic year.  Learn from our Chair, Dr. Michael Kimmage, how we turned challenges into opportunities, and learned from each other in new ways.  Read the chair's letter

Alumni profiles: Lifetimes in service to learning

In this issue of our newsletter, we salute alumni who work in education: as teachers, leaders, and advocates.  Each has a story to tell about how studying history formed part of their vocation.

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      Rashaun Martin, B.A. 2001 Educators of Color Cultivation and Retention Specialist,
      Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

      "My study of history at Catholic has always benefitted my career. I was exposed to such a wide variety of issues and historical perspectives that I bring to my job every day. In fact, my colleagues look forward to me tying the past into our everyday work."
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      Sarah Spalding

      Sarah Spalding, M.A. 2008, Ph.D. 2013 Assistant Dean, School of Business and Technology
      Marymount University, Arlington, VA

      "My role as an academic administrator uses my ability to synthesize information, use evidence to make decisions, and communicate these ideas to colleagues across campus: all skills that I honed in the history department.”
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    • Michael Bates
      Michael Bates, B.A. 1993

      President, Notre Dame Schools, Chardon, OH

      “'How do you shape your lens on the world and what informs that shaping?  What is your paradigm?' These are probably the most important questions I pursued in the history department at Catholic University."
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      Ursula Herz, M.A. 1998 Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life,
      Washington College, Chestertown, MD

      "I am asked this question often and always at any job interview, 'How does a history degree help you in Residential Life?' Simply put, history studies what people did and why they did it: it’s the study of people, but in the past."
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    • Paul Smith
      Paul Smith, B.A. 1993 President, Education Reform Advocates LLC, Baltimore, MD

      Today my ability to critically read, think, and articulate organized thoughts are all essential to success.  I see a direct through line between my undergrad classes, such Junior Seminar, which I recall was quite challenging, to my current work that requires critical inquiry and reporting.

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Department of History highlights, 2019-2020

Awards and distinctions for our faculty, undergraduate history majors, and graduate students; unveiling a new digital presence; alumni news; and more!  Read the highlights

What's on your bookshelf?

We asked our history professors for recommendations for the most interesting books they’ve read recently and would suggest to anyone interested in history.  Have a look at what they’ve come up with – we think they’ll intrigue you!  See the recommendations