Alumni Outcomes


HNN Editor-in-Chief Kyla Sommers, BA ’13, PhD ’19, and author Sidney Blumenthal stand together smiling

History News Network Editor-in-Chief Kyla Sommers, BA ’13, PhD ’19, and author Sidney Blumenthal at an event on GW's campus

The GW Department of History is proud of its undergraduate and graduate alumni who have used their education as a springboard to successful careers in law, the military, medicine, government, nongovernmental organizations, journalism, politics and teaching. They have published books, won fellowships and taught in universities from Colorado to China.


Undergraduate Career Paths

The majority of undergraduate alumni find employment, including military service, within six months of graduation, and about one-quarter go on to pursue higher degrees in museum studies, business administration, art history and much more. Recent employers of our graduates include:


  • ABC News
  • Atomic Heritage Foundation
  • Center for American Progress
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • DC Public Schools
  • Fox Associates


  • Grassroots Campaigns
  • IBM
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
  • National History Center
  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Washington Post

Edward Gillespie

Edward Gillespie

BA '92
Baltimore Police Academy

"Being out in the city as a cop can be such a culture shock. Literature, history and philosophy helped me through some difficult situations. ... The humanities are a window into understanding people."

Graduate Career Paths

Our master’s and doctoral alumni publish, research and teach in universities, as well as work in the private and public sectors. Recent employers of our graduates include:


  • 1% for the Planet
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Constitutional Sources Project
  • City College of New York
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Jefferson Management Consultants
  • Lyngo
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • National Archives
  • National Security Archive
  • Northrop Grumman


  • Oklahoma State University
  • Peking University High School
  • Steptoe and Johnson
  • Tarleton State University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Virginia Military Institute


Alumni News

Detective Edward Gillespie, BA '92, uses humanities lessons to train Baltimore police.

Plato and Policing: Alumnus’ Unique Class for Cops

Whether he’s policing Baltimore’s streets or teaching cops in the classroom, Detective Edward Gillespie, BA ’92, emphasizes the lessons he’s learned from literature, history and philosophy. 

An image of Michael Zagaris with text that reads "The Fight and Fury of the Z-Man."

The Fight and Fury of the Z-Man

Photographer Michael Zagaris, BA '67, has shot rock gods and all-stars for 50 years. During his career, he’s photographed some of the biggest celebrities of their time: Patti Smith, Peter Frampton, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Bill Walsh and Joe Montana.

Alumni Books

  • Book cover of "Klu Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s" by Felix Harcourt.

    Klu Klux Kulture: America and the Klan in the 1920s

  • Book cover of "Kuwait Transformed: Oil and Urban Life" by Farah al-Nakib.

    Kuwait Transformed: Oil and Urban Life

  • Book cover of "Empowering Revolution: America, Poland and the End of the Cold War" by Gregory F. Domber.

    Empowering Revolution: America, Poland and the End of the Cold War

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