Alumni Stories

Tyler Will '03: "Crafting a Compelling Story is Vital for Getting Cients to Make Decisions or Take Action"

Tyler Will '03, now a manager at Bain & Company, reflects on the skills that he developed in the major:

During my senior year I researched the economic and social conditions that led to RTP, learned about the passionate individuals promoting its creation, and considered the public...

Sarah Beth Myers '03: "The Skills and Knowledge Base Are Universal"

We asked Sara Beth Meyers '03 how history had prepared her for her position as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. Here's how she answered:

My History major from Duke has given me an advantage, both professionally and personally. I continually draw upon the skills and...

Rev. Andrew van Kirk: "I Think Better About the World"

We asked Reverend Andrew van Kirk to tell us how his history degree has affected life and work after college. This is what he said:

Ten years out, my mind can no longer lay claim to many of the dates, figures, and events that made up the raw material of my history major at Duke. That's...

Denzell Faison '14 Highlights Duke's LGBTQ History

History major Denzell Faison (T '14) curated the exhibit, "Queering Duke's History," on display at Perkins Library until December 14. The exhibit grew out of a project co-advised by History's Professor Ray Gavins and by Dr....

Mary Tung Wins Aptman Prize

Mary Tung '14 has won the Lowell Aptman Prize for her honors thesis, "Bankrolling Apartheid: The Coins That Forged Modernity, Fostered Nationalism, and Funded Apartheid South Africa." The prize honors undergraduates who make excellent...

Ryan Brown '11 Publishes Book from Honors Thesis

Duke History alumna Ryan Brown has published a book on the brilliant life of South African writer Nat Nakasa. The book, A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat Nakasa, grew out of Brown's ...

Amanda Garfinkel

Amanda Garfinkel feels that the History program at Duke, and the History of Medicine program in particular, has given her such a valuable and unique kind of preparation for medical school.

Alumni Profile: Alyssa Granacki

We asked Alyssa Granacki '11 what her History degree did for her. This is what she said:

"Five years ago when my mom asked me what I was going to do with my history major, I promptly responded: “Whatever I want.” I had no idea what that was, but it is, in fact, exactly what I have done....

Brence Pernell '08 History

2012 - Britney May was a short girl with a nose-piercing and multi-colored hair. She had a penchant for laughing and texting while I did my best to engage and challenge her and her classmates my first year teaching at a small school in South Carolina. It had been a rough first year of trial...

Courtney Spence

How Duke History Classes Fostered Openness to Foreign Cultures - Courtney Spence

Duke alumna Courtney Spence found that history classes opened windows into the world. She translated those learning experiences into founding Students of the World, a nonprofit that empowers students mediamakers to share the stories of innovators and programs that tackle some of the globe's...

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