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History Graduate Student Success

Both M.A. and Ph.D. graduates from the History Department have achieved considerable professional success after earning their degrees.

M.A. Placement and Employment

Many of the department's M.A. graduates enter Ph.D. programs in history. Some stay at Ohio University; others have secured admission to excellent institutions, including Brandeis University, the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Delaware, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, College Park, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of Akron, Temple University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Yale University.

Some students use their academic training to gain professional employment in a variety of nonacademic settings. During the past decade, our M.A. graduates have found employment at the American Bar Association, the American Enterprise Institute, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives.

Ph.D. Placement and Employment

The department's Ph.D. graduates have been highly successful at securing professional employment. Many have found academic positions at such institutions as the University of Virginia, Kenyon College, McNeese State University, Beloit College, Clayton State University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the University of Calgary, Gonzaga University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, Finlandia University, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Arkansas Tech University, Hiram College, Belmont University, Gannon University, Grove City College, the University of Wisconsin, Washington County, Lakeland College, the University of Wisconsin, Richland, and several campuses of Ohio University. Others have found professional employment at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the U.S. Command and General Staff College, the Harry S. Truman Library, and other U.S. government agencies. Of the 42 Ph.D. graduates in the past decade for whom the department has placement information, 41 have secured professional employment in either continuing or term positions.

Books by Ohio Ph.D. Alumni

During the past 10 years, Ph.D. graduates have been extremely productive scholars, publishing 35 books. Many of these books are revised versions of Ph.D. dissertations; others are second, third, or even fourth books. These publications have attracted considerable scholarly attention. Here is a sample of some recent books by Ohio University Ph.D. alumni in History:

James Waite, The End of the First Indochina War: A Global History (Routledge, 2012)

Matthew J. Flynn, Contesting History: The Bush Counterinsurgency Legacy in Iraq (Praeger, 2010)

Thomas Bruscino, A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along (University of Tennessee Press, 2010)

Philippe Girard, Haiti: The Tumultuous History?From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Robert T. Davis, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security: Chronology and Index for the 20th Century (Praeger, 2010)

Scott Beekman, NASCAR Nation: A History of Stock Car Racing in the United States (Praeger, 2010)

Marc J. Selverstone, Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard University Press, 2009) Winner of the Stuart L. Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for the best first book in the history of international relations

Derek Charles Catsam, Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides (University Press of Kentucky, 2009)

Kimberly K. Little, You Must Be From the North: Southern White Women in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Mississippi, 2009)

Stephen R. Taaffe, Commanding Lincoln's Navy: Union Naval Leadership during the Civil War (Naval Institute Press, 2009)

Scott Kaufman, Plans Unraveled: The Foreign Policy of the Carter Administration (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008)