Class Notes, Fall 2021

January 13, 2021

Mohammed Ali, BA ’03, BA ’04, appeared on the game show Jeopardy.

Robin Arteaga, BA ’20, works at Quantico at the Marine Corps History Division as a unit histories special assistant.

Alexandra Brown, BA ’11, works at the Arlington, Va., nonprofit organization EBeauty, helping to provide cancer patients wigs, free of charge.

David Byrnes, BA ’77, is retiring after 22 years as the executive director of Midway Village Museum in Rockford, IL. He has spent a total of 42 years in the museum field and has enjoyed every minute of it.

Elizabeth Charles, PhD ’10, is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. She recently published a Foreign Relations of the United States volume on the Soviet Union 1985-1986.

Frank DeMarco, BA ’69, completed his latest novel, Papa's Trial: Hemingway in the Afterlife—his 15th published book (four of them novels), with two other nonfiction works completed and awaiting publication.

Callan Devery, BA ’20, is using her history degree on TikTok to discuss history from a Gen Z perspective. She has gained 35,000 followers and over 10 million views in just six months.

Laura Donnelly, MA ’78, is teaching history and art history for Johns Hopkins Osher Program after a 40-year career in university administration. Her favorite subjects have been the art of Ancient Egypt and history of the Cathars.

Joe Enright, BA ’70, embarked on a federal government career, working at the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration from 1970 to 1978. He went on to enjoy a 30-year career in international trade.

Megan Fedorczyk, BA ’08, works for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, planning investigation and recovery missions in Europe to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing service members from WWII.

Michael Furman, BA ’04, is a radiologist who lives in Providence, R.I., with his wife, Zoe, and four children. His twins, Sivan and Sasha, born in 2019, are named in honor of Howard Sachar, his greatest mentor.

Jessica Hale, BA ’20, is a staff assistant in the district office of Congressman Ted W. Lieu (CA-33).

Jeff Hartgen, MA ’97, is a principal at MultiState Associates in Alexandria, Va., serving clients involved in state and local government relations around the United States.

Tate Jones, MA ’96, is entering his 25th year with the Rocky Mountain of Museum Military History in Fort Missoula, Mont., where he is the executive director. He also serves as president of the Northern Rockies Heritage Center and serves on the board of the Museums Association of Montana.

Stephen Judge, BA ’57, MA ’60, retired after an editorial and marketing career with Oxford University Press.

2LT Daniel Kim, Esq., BA ’11, finished up a tour with the Marines and went on to graduate from Notre Dame Law School in 2019. He is now practicing labor and employment law in Chicago.

Ron Leonhardt II, MA ’16, MPhil ’17, PhD ’20, is an assistant professor of history in the Department of Social Sciences at Albany State University in Albany, Ga.

Dr. Cynthia Little, BA ’67, believes that her history degree enabled her to have a long career in public history; curating exhibitions, creating and implementing large scale public programming and teaching at all levels. She retired in 2019 and now teaches non-credit courses for seniors.

Christel McDonald, BA ’86, is an independent historical researcher, focusing on multi-track diplomacy. She hopes that members of the GW Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1938, will join her in the DC Area PBK Association for congenial discussions and fun.

Courtland Ingraham, MA ’20, founded the GW Legal History Society. He has been invited to present research on early American elections at the Society for German-American Studies 2021 Annual Symposium.

Philip Muehlenbeck, PhD ’07, is the author or editor of six books. He is the editor of a new series with Notre Dame Press, titled The Human Cold War, which aims to explore the tensions and cultural trends at work between the United States and the world.

Jerome Nadler, BA ’74, is a Superior Court judge in Silicon Valley and is presently working, under a state grant, as the administrator of a pretrial and bail reform project in Alameda County, California.

Maciej Pawlowski, BA ’04, lives in Luxembourg, where he works as a compliance & legal officer at Royalton Partners, an investment fund manager.

Molly Perkins, BS ’18,  is a third-year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

George Petrov, BA ’71, retired in 2019 from a tech program management career. In 2020, he restored the unpublished Russian-language typescript of his father's autobiography Soviet Gold by Dr Vladimir Petrov. His father was a professor of international affairs at GW.

Rebecca Rhodes, BS ’18,  works in the pharmaceutical industry.

Hannah Ringheim, BA ’12, is a senior researcher at a university in Zurich and leads excavations in Greece and Egypt.

Philip Runfola, BA ’64, retired from the CIA 24 years ago and has enjoyed living in Florida for the last 23 years.

Ankit Sheth, BA ’10, is an MBA candidate at INSEAD in Singapore with a focus on social finance and impact investing.

Liz Sieck, BA ’13, is a doctoral candidate at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel where her research focuses on Bedouin women.

Stuart Silverman, BA ’73, is a retired guidance counselor and will soon retire as a summer camp director after 40 years.

David Skalkowski, BA ’18, is a paralegal specialist in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General of DOJ's Antitrust Division, where he works on civil compliance, merger and litigation matters in digital markets.

Thomas Steich, BA ’66, is a retired attorney living in Annapolis, Md. He hopes to see the Cleveland Indians win the World Series during his lifetime.

William Taylor, PhD ’10, is the holder of the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship, previous department chair and associate professor of global security studies in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies at Angelo State University.

Bill Wheeler, MA ’86, is managing partner of Wheeler & Franks Law Firm. He was one of the lead attorneys who successfully sued Iran and Sudan for 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the victims' verdicts.

Rachel Yakobashvili, BA ’20, is currently completing a Master of Public Administration in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She also works for GW and Dinah, a domestic violence organization.

Benjamin Young, PhD ’18, will publish his book Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World in spring 2021 by Stanford University Press.

Tsing Yuan, Ph.D., BA ’60, MA ’62, remembers with great fondness the courses taught by Professors Charles Herber and Roderic Davison. He retired in 1999 after teaching at Swarthmore College and Wright State University.

Tsing Yuan, BA ’60, MA ’62, is now retired, having taught at Swarthmore and Wright State University, where he also served as History Department chairman. Tsing is living in the Princeton area, taking advantage of the Princeton History Department's speakers and special events.