In Winter 2017, Ryan Jones joins the History faculty at the UO. Ryan’s interests include Russia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment. His most recent book, “Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific’s Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867,” was published in 2014.
Kristen Donheffner (History, ‘10) turns dense texts into bullet-point brilliance as a policy staffer for a U.S. representative.
“Studying history at the UO taught me how to access any bit of information I desired,” writes Neema Sahebi (History, ’15). “It taught me to not take no for an answer upon researching for information. This attitude towards research I gained as a direct result from my studies has helped motivate me in my professional career after college as well.” Neema begins study toward a Master’s degree in Global History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
As a naval intelligence officer in Iraq in 2006, Clair Wiles applied the skills I learned as a history major to discern patterns and understand cultures. “The result? Hundreds of lives saved.”
Paulla Santos (BA History 2016) writes that “my experience as an undergraduate history student at the University of Oregon has allowed me to embrace various aspects of my identity.”
“My BA in history was outstanding preparation for the study of law,” says Karsten Rasmussen (BA History 1978), the Presiding Judge in the Lane County Circuit Court. “Critical thinking, rigorous method, and broad perspective were all actively encouraged by my undergraduate professors and these skills have served me well over my years in law practice, politics, and in the judiciary.”
“Without the analytical skills and historical understanding of the American West that he gained as a history major,” writes Nate Barrons (BA History 2003), “I would not be as effective in my current position, nor would I enjoy the people and places to the depth and level that I do.”
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For Nayeon Kim (BA History 2015), studying history led to a position as a legal assistant in a non-profit called Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso. She hopes one day to study law.
One of our most successful graduates, Allison Blakely (BA History 1962) earned a Ph.D. and taught for thirty years at Howard University. President Obama appointed Blakely to the National Humanities Council in 2010.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that my history degree from the University of Oregon gave me an advantage – and helped me achieve a dream – in a way that few other majors can provide.”
UO History Professor Ellen Herman was part of a team of historians who filed influential amicus briefs that are cited in the Supreme Court’s historic judgment on same-sex marriage.