Meet Our Alumni

Becki Feinglos Planchard

City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor — Chicago, Illinois

"If we don't understand where we're coming from as a society, we are missing out on making a bigger impact tomorrow."

Alexander Shapanka

NYC Department of Small Business Services — New York, New York

"My degree taught me to be flexible in my jobs and made me predisposed to searching for fresh ways of analysis."

Luke Constable

Founder & Managing Member, Lembas Capital – San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Blackwood

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens — Washington, D.C.

"My Duke History degree is the foundation of my career and I would not be where I am without it."

Senior Manager, Corporate Development, General Motors — Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

"Studying history sharpened my ability to develop and convey a position based on principled analysis, supported by quantitative evidence."

University of South Carolina — Columbia, South Carolina

"Being a history student at Duke taught me how to be a process-oriented, research-driven critical thinker. "

Alison Pantano


"...the department taught me how to write very well and to think critically which I think is something I apply on a daily basis."


Netflix — Los Angeles, California

"My biggest advice would be to take advantage of the breadth of topics history offers and take classes whose topic area interests you."

Associate Attorney, Spencer Fane

"I received my first job offer without even applying because of the Duke name."

Elizabeth Brake

Director, Ohio for Venture for America

"We often talk about being “entrepreneurial” in your career, but that doesn't mean you have to start a business. For Ph.D. students, being entrepreneurial is much more about being open-minded and being deliberate about building relationships with people."

Bethany Hill

Head of Communications for CommonBond — New York, NY

"I would encourage History students to take a history course on a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with their primary focus of study."

Senior Business Analyst, Abercrombie & Fitch — New Albany, Ohio

"Choose a path within History that interests you and take away the major themes that are discussed."

Head of Upper School, Lancaster Country Day School — Lancaster, PA

"(My degree) has helped place me in a position to move up to administrative roles earlier than most."

Edward Fife

COO for RegTechLab — Washington, DC

"(With a History major) you will have considerable skills that transfer well to any number of fields and you should be confident in their value."

Scott Champagne

Vice President at Barclays — Wilmington, Delaware

"Work on creative thinking and framing arguments."

Heidi Scott Giusto

Writing Consultant and Entrepreneur

"If you need an additional skill, pursue it – but do not use it as a form of procrastination. You are at Duke: there are classes you can take and job opportunities that can help you refine your abilities."

Katy McClure Chang

Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Innovation, LPL Financial

"One of the best parts of studying history is learning to synthesize and understand the often complex situations and contexts of key historical events; learning how to think about my business in the context of an extremely dynamic world has made me a better strategist."

Vice President, Evercore — New York, NY

"A Duke education is world class and you can’t easily make up for liberal arts education."

Mea Warren

University of Houston Libraries — Houston, Texas

"A history degree opens a variety of doors..."

Leonard Popplewell

Kessinger Hunter Commercial Real Estate — Kansas City, Missouri

"(I learned the) importance of networking."