Meet Our Alumni

Scott Champagne

Vice President at Barclays — Wilmington, Delaware

"Work on creative thinking and framing arguments."

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."

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."

Cara Buchicchio

Oracle Corporation — Reston, Virginia

"(Duke History) helped me hone my research and writing skills which have been useful in my current position and will continue to provide value..."

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."

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."

Michael Schwartz

Financial Advisor at Northeast Planning Corporation — Cranford, NJ

"It is impossible to predict in college where your career may lead you; the skills that the History department provides are applicable to so many careers!"

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."

Sarah Barnes

Major League Baseball — New York, New York

"If you study and do what you love, work hard at it, and continually demonstrate your'll be A-okay :)"

Mary Kate Cash

Diligent Corporation — New York, New York

"Studying History at Duke allowed me to hone many different skills including research, attention to detail, and learning to approach a viewpoint from different angles."

Duke University School of Law — Durham, North Carolina

"The writing and researching skills that the history major teaches, not to mention the increasingly rare knowledge of the past, are timeless."


Vice President - Investor, Pacific Lake Partners — San Mateo, Calif.

"There are paths out of a History major besides historian and lawyer. Be opportunistic and take a leap of faith - life is more fun that way, and you can still end up doing well."

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."

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."


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."

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."

Luke Constable

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

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..."

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."

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."