Elizabeth Blackwood

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

2014 Major: History

Current Employer: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens — Washington, D.C.

How has being a History graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"My history degree from Duke taught me about the tangible practice of "doing history." I not only learned the methodologies that are the foundation of good research, but I learned about the importance and broader implications of good research. These practical and ethical foundations pushed me into a graduate program and now a rewarding profession where I am able to improve these skills and foster them in others. As a librarian, I use and teach good research practices on a daily basis, combating the overwhelming amount questionable information and fake news that inundates society. My Duke History degree is the foundation of my career and I would not be where I am without it."

What advice would you give students in History?

"Although a degree in History may not sound as beneficial as one in the hard sciences, do not let other's opinions deter you from the immersive study of something you care about. Duke has an amazing faculty in the History Department and if you actively participate in all opportunities that are offered, you will gain the skills — both tangible and intangible — to find meaningful employment."

Elizabeth Blackwood