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Kali DeWitt (’10): I am currently a Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of State. As a political officer, my duties include attending events, writing memos, reporting to Washington, and helping build and support US policy and contacts abroad. Currently I am completing a consular tour in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. As a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow with the State Department, I have already worked on Security Council issues in the Bureau of International Organizations at Main State and as a Political Officer in Vienna at the US Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where I mostly focused on Ukraine. Before doing a Masters in International Relations at Georgetown, I worked for a year as an English professor for the French Ministry of Education near Paris and as a volunteer in the West Bank. In the West Bank, I worked for two NGOs: the Middle East Fellowship and the Holy Land Trust. During my time there, I lived with a Palestinian family in a refugee camp in Bethlehem, studied Arabic, traveled throughout Israel and Palestine to interview everyone from settlers to activists, and volunteered for several Palestinian organizations and the United Nations. Additionally, I did two internships: one at the UN Office in Washington and one at Vox Global, a bipartisan consulting firm. I am very grateful for my time at Lewis & Clark. My professors and advisors, especially David Campion and Mo Healy, were endlessly available to support, inspire, and encourage me to grow as a student and individual.

 

Alex Kraemer (’15): In my senior year at Lewis & Clark I was selected as one of three recipients for the Davies-Jackson Scholarship, which fully funds first-generation college students from select liberal arts institutions for a two-year graduate program at the University of Cambridge. Currently, I am studying in the Historical Tripos and I’ve had the chance to work with prominent historians. In my first term I studied under Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram, author of a recent work on Sri Lanka in the British colonial period, Islanders, and in my second term I studied with Dr. Peter Sarris, author of Empires of Faith, a study of Persian-Roman conflict in late-antiquity Near East. Given Cambridge’s own long history and its status as a focal point for historical research for centuries, I’ve also had some opportunities that I never thought I’d have access to, such as touching the original letters that Charles Darwin sent back to his sister when he was on the Beagle, or examining pre-European Pacific Islander artifacts. For a historian, Cambridge is a treasure trove of little discoveries that can be had just by wandering around. It has been incredible, to say the least, as well as challenging, exhausting, a little maddening, and ultimately very, very rewarding. The reputation that Cambridge has for educational excellence is well earned.  My program at Cambridge ends in June 2017, after which I am planning to move back to the States. I hope to begin a Ph.D. program shortly thereafter. 

 

Charla Boley (’13): After graduation I ended up in Prescott, AZ, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a public agency that funds early childhood programs. At this agency I worked on a service coordination project with the goals of reducing the duplication of services in the community and increasing the number of families served. That sounds pretty boring, but what I actually got to do was get a bunch of people together in the same room who were all passionate about the needs of young children and who had some really awesome ideas about how to improve their work. And then I got to help realize some of those ideas during my year of service. I loved my time in Arizona, including the many opportunities I had outside of work to explore the high desert and really experience someplace new. I am currently serving a second term of AmeriCorps tutoring pre-school children back in the Portland Metro area. In addition to my tutoring responsibilities I plan family literacy events and organize free book giveaways. This fall I am moving to Budapest, Hungary, to pursue a M.A. in Human Rights at the Central European University. This program offers an interdisciplinary approach to researching and advocating for human rights issues. Most graduates go on to work for non-governmental organizations and nonprofits and advocate for human rights in their home countries. I am so thankful for all of the support I’ve received from the history department, and in particular Prof. Campion who has always inspired me to venture outside my comfort zone and to remain open to opportunity.

 

Betto van Waarden (’10): After graduating from Lewis & Clark, I returned to Washington DC, where I had participated in the LC program in 2008, to complete internships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the UN Washington office. Upon return to Europe, a Dutch friend and I set out on a four-month bicycle expedition from Istanbul to Bishkek, cycling through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Through a Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch government, I then started an M.Phil. in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge in 2011 after which I spent one summer improving my Portuguese at Middlebury College as a Davis Fellow for Peace. Between 2012 and 2014, I worked as a political coordinator at the Directorate-General for Education and Culture at the European Commission in Brussels. I prepared briefings and speeches for senior officials and the European Commissioner for Education, and coordinated negotiations with the European Parliament and Council of Ministers. Later in 2014 I moved back to the Netherlands and worked as an investigative journalist at the research desk of the Dutch political magazine De Groene Amsterdammer in Amsterdam—while also writing for the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique. I greatly enjoyed all these experiences and they allowed me to gain many new perspectives on politics and society, but I gradually started longing for the opportunity to conduct more in-depth research and the intellectually stimulating environment of the academy. Thus, after attending academic conferences in Amsterdam and Leuven and presenting an award-winning paper at the Yitzhak Rabin Conference in Jerusalem, I moved to Leuven University to begin a Ph.D. in history with a focus in how the mass media transformed the political process in late nineteenth-century Europe.

 

Dana Bronson (’14): Currently I’m a graduate student at Simmons College in Boston, pursuing a dual master’s degree in history and library science. I’m also an archival intern at Harvard Law Library’s Historic and Special Collections.  During my time at LC, I was very interested in the history of Britain and the British Empire. My honors thesis focused on the BBC’s portrayal of the Soviet Union during World War II. Needless to say, I took a lot of classes with Prof. Campion! While I was a student, I had the opportunity to do a history practicum in LC’s Special Collections. Through this experience, I discovered how much I love working with archival materials, and how integral the study of history is in this process. The time I spent in the archives not only convinced me to pursue a career in library science, but also of my desire to continue studying history.  My fondest memory of my time in the history department was the summer that I spent working with Prof. Healy on a research project. At the time, she was writing a “day in the life” article about Vienna, one month before the outbreak of World War I. It was really exciting to be able to take what I had learned in her colloquium on World War I and apply that while doing research. Ultimately, it was a fun way to spend a summer!  After I complete my graduate studies, I hope to work in an academic library as an archivist. I want to be able to assist students and researchers.

 

David “Dima” Hurlbut (’14): I’m currently a second-year doctoral student in African history at Boston University. Right now, I am working on two research projects. One first investigates the emergence of Mormonism in Nigeria in the late twentieth century. The second analyzes urban identity in Lagos during the First World War. While at LC, I was very interested in the history of Christianity and took almost all of Prof. Westervelt’s classes in medieval history. I even completed my historical materials project on an early-modern papal bull!  I then branched out into other periods, taking a handful of classes in religious studies. Finally, I ended up writing a thesis about empire and missions around the turn of the century. My fondest memory of my time in the department is of the first history class I ever took—HIST 120: Early European History. Prof. Westervelt gave me my first taste of the history of Christianity in this class. At the moment, I want to pursue a career in higher education. I’d really like to research, teach, and rehabilitate the popular image of Africa through the classroom.

 

Jeremy Nichols (’13): Following graduation, I was not quite sure what my next step should be. I loved studying history but knew I was not remotely ready for grad school.  However, like every good humanities major from a respectable Liberal Arts college, I always had a strong interest and drive to be part of the non-profit sector. Reiko Hillyer’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange course, “Crime and Punishment in the U.S.” pushed me to engage in the field of ex-offender reentry. In August, I accepted a position as Affordable Care Act Navigator with Mercy Corps Northwest’s Reentry Transition Center. My work has two main components: first, I am working to create a program that helps our clients navigate the new healthcare system (In Oregon, Medicaid also known as the Oregon Health Plan has undergone monumental changes). Second, I work on a more structural level to keep the needs of ex-offenders, a very culturally specific and critical population in the conversation as the Affordable Care Act’s implementation continues to evolve in Multnomah County and the rest of Oregon. In the interview process, I played up the research skills and attention to detail I cultivated over my four years as a History Major at Lewis & Clark. With just a few classes on the history of the criminal justice system and a few internships in completely unrelated non-profit fields, I had no direct experience. My ability to take a topic and research it to death without a lot of hand holding was key (I think) in getting the position.

 

Andy Daily (’01): After graduating from Lewis & Clark I knocked around Portland for a couple of years, working at Powell’s Books and as a legal assistant. In 2004, I entered the history Ph.D program at Rutgers University, where I wrote a dissertation on decolonization and intellectuals in the French Caribbean. I am an Assistant Professor of French and Global history at the University of Memphis, and I am currently at work on a book entitled “After Négritude: The Cultural Politics of Place in Post-colonial France and the Caribbean,” which explores the intellectual impact of Martinican and Guadeloupean intellectuals and activists in both France and the broader world. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Modern Europe, Colonialism and Imperialism, the Caribbean, and Intellectual history.

 

Quinn Slobodian (’00): I teach the history of modern Europe and the world at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. My first book, Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany, published on Duke University Press, asked how so many young West Germans in the 1960s came to feel both politically and emotionally connected to events happening tens of thousands of miles away in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and why this relationship has been so often condemned as the gateway to left-wing terrorism. I revealed the influence of Third World students in West Germany as catalysts to mobilization and the importance of human rights demands in their activism, and argued that cultural revolution rather than armed struggle was Third-Worldism’s most enduring legacy. My ongoing research continues to follow the movement of activists, intellectuals, forms of knowledge and political action both into and out of modern Germany. Among other places, my work has appeared in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, German History, and The Baffler.

 

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Joe Rice (’09):  I graduated from Lewis and Clark with a major in history, a minor in music and an informal focus on things Latin American. The year after I graduated, I worked at my old high school in Bremerton, Washington, where I tutored potential first-generation college students through the AVID program and substitute taught for various classes.  I always tried to convey to students how intellectually exciting college can be, and even managed to bring the sophomore AVID class to visit LC. Ready for a change of pace, I decided to spend my next year in Latin America, and to that end applied to Chile’s English Opens Doors program, sponsored by the Chilean government and the UN Development Program.  I taught English to 5th-12th graders in a public school in a small town on the island of Chiloé in southern Chile.   The kids were great, and overall it was a great time spent with welcoming, traditional people who liked to express their hospitality through delicious lamb roasts. When the semester was over, I made my way to Brazil, with the objective of visiting friends and learning Portuguese.  After backpacking around for a few months and getting my fill of historic cities, beautiful natural places and great music, I was finding it hard to leave, and found a job in São Paulo teaching English to private clients. I am now back in the US, planning to start a master’s in social sciences program at the University of Chicago in the fall, where I want to focus on issues like immigration, race and ethnicity and nationalism.  If all goes well, I plan to apply to PhD programs in history the following year.

 

IMG_4373Peter Beland (’07):  I spent last spring in Delhi, India, where I researched social entrepreneurship, environmentalism and other topics regarding “New India.” My experience in Delhi formed the foundation for my proposed Fulbright research grant to study water resource management in the capital city. I currently live in Portland, where I work as an Associate Writer for Oregon Business Magazine.

 

Benson Brown fam 09Laura Benson:  After graduating from LC, I spent a year in Mexico teaching English and doing fundraising work for NGOs in Oaxaca and Mexico City.  The following year I returned to Portland and a job at my old work study haunt, Community Energy Project, while Jeremy spent a year in China doing intense language study.  In the fall of 2001 we moved to San Diego where we spent the better part of seven years while Jeremy finished a Ph.D. in Chinese History at UC San Diego.  I worked as a community organizer for three years on San Diego’s living wage campaign. From 2006 to 2008 I worked at Environmental Health Coalition where I was an advocate and campaign director for environmental justice campaigns in local Latino neighborhoods.  In between (2005), I spent several months with Jeremy in Tianjin China, and worked as campaign staff for progressive mayoral candidate Donna Frye.  Probably the most momentous event of the last decade for us was June 26, 2007 when our son Henry was born. A year later the three of us moved to Vancouver, BC where Jeremy has a position as Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University.  I’m currently studying for a masters in Urban Studies at SFU and hope to eventually find my way back into the environmental and social justice movement in my new home.

 

P1010281Patrick Croasdaile (’08):  While studying for a master’s degree at the University of Glasgow I began focusing on the energy industry in Scotland.  My dissertation was truly the high point of my graduate studies in Glasgow.  My final course papers dealt with the slow-development of the environmental movement in Scotland/Britain during the 20th century as well as the growth of the coal industry up until the General Strike of 1926. My dissertation is entitled, “Change Starts Here: Energy Industry and Government Policy in Scotland, 1943-2010.”  I set the paper against Scotland’s pre-eminent status as Europe’s renewable energy powerhouse.   Scotland has around 40% of Europe’s total potential in renewable energy (much of this will come from on/offshore wind and marine energy [tidal/wave]).  The Scottish Government has also pledged to reduce overall carbon emissions in Scotland by 42% in 2020.  In this light, I found it relevant to review how government policy in Britain/Scotland has shaped  the energy industry over the past 70 years.  I started out with a section on the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, founded in 1943, which radically changed the makeup of the Highlands.  My second section dealt with the fastbreeder reactors developed at the Dounreay Nuclear Establishment (in Caithness) and the facility’s lasting impact on the legacy of nuclear power in Scotland. The final case-study was on the legacy of North Sea Oil as it relates to incoming energy industries with the potential of generating significant capital and garnering large sums of foreign direct investment.  All three studies are very pertinent to the growth of Scotland’s renewables portfolio.

 

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