Alumni Success

Students completing the MA and PhD Programs in History at FIU go on to make their mark with many kinds of achievements, including in teaching, in prestigious post-doctoral appointments around the globe, with publishing, and in non-academic jobs. Among our many successes:

Jessica Barrella (PhD 2007) is an intelligence analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency. “I had a job interview and was hired on the spot as. My degree is in American Foreign Policy/ Soviet history, so I was easily able to relate my skills to the job I was interviewing for: reading, writing, researching, briefing, and comprehension.” …She hasn’t given up on academic work either. “I still continue to participate in academic and intelligence conferences by writing papers and presenting my findings. Perhaps having persistence, focus, good time management, and a desire to learn are some of the most important attributes of my education that I bring to my job.”

Paula de la Cruz Fernández (PhD 2013) received a 2013-4 “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" Post Doctoral Fellowship at the International Research Center, Humboldt University, Berlin, to work on turning her dissertation, “Atlantic Threads: Singer in Spain and Mexico, 1860-1940" into a monograph.

Amanda Snyder (PhD 2013) held an Ahmason-Getty Fellow at UCLA's Clark Library, 2013-4, working on turning her dissertation, “Pirates, Exiles, and Empire: English Seamen, Atlantic Expansion, and Jamaica Settlement, 1569-1659” into a monograph.

Rodney Walton (PhD 2009) published Big Guns, Brave Men, based on his dissertation on the history of the forward artillery observers in the Pacific theater of WWII. See an article feature here: