Meet Our Alumni

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."

Matthew Pilnik

Senior Consultant at Deloitte — Dallas, Tex.

"History taught me how to find/understand, analyze, and leverage the context of a situation/story to draw conclusions and make decisions."

Matt Saternus

Fire Fighter for Town of Cinero, Illinois

"My time at Duke didn't directly lead to my current occupation, but it shaped me as a person beyond measure."

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."

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."

Mallory Ellingson, MPH

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia

"I think as a History major you learn two very valuable skills — perspective and creative analysis."

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."

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."

Mea Warren

University of Houston Libraries — Houston, Texas

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

Dylan Newman

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) — Miami, Florida

"I think Economics and History were a great combination to learn both quantitative and qualitative skills while in undergrad."

Shannon Adams

Student — Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University

"The History department is incredibly diverse, so you should take advantage of it — above and beyond your concentration."

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."

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."


Rachel Rodriguez

Senior Producer, CNN International — London, UK

"Ignore the people who say 'what in the world are you going to do with a history degree?'"

Three Span Oil & Gas, Inc. — Midland, Texas

"My history degree has served me extremely well, both in how I employ my liberal arts thinking ... and in developing my communication skills..."

Sanette Tanaka

Vox Media — New York, New York

"As a history major focusing on the Americas, I learned how to think through abstract concepts, dissect a topic, and find relevance to the here and now."

Vice President, Evercore — New York, NY

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

Luke Constable

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

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."

Clinician Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine — Aurora, CO

"My History degree helped prepare me for the rigors of graduate school, especially the research required as a part of my graduate degree."