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Our Graduates

Over the last five decades, the Department of History has seen more than 400 MA and Ph.D. students ascend to the convocation podium, many of them winners of national and international scholarships. The intellectual skills and professional experience that they acquired through their graduate program equipped them to embrace a variety of professional directions and to build successful careers in academia and beyond, including leadership positions in the public and private sectors.

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Our graduates find work in various sectors: 

Chris Hyland, Coquitlam College

Dr. Chris Hyland is teaching pre-confederation Canadian and modern European history at Coquitlam College. He hasn't had much time to research or publish since graduating, but instead he has focused on upgrading his teaching credentials, including a TESL Canada certification. After graduating Chris taught at Bow Valley College in Calgary.  In his spare time, he keeps up his academic contacts through his work with the online journal, History of Intellectual Culture, where he is the Managing Editor.

David Joseph Gallant, Historian, Archaeology and History Branch, Parks Canada

Dr. Gallant graduated from our PhD program in 2016 with a dissertation titled "Bracing for Armageddon: Rethinking the Outbreak of the First World War in Canada." David is currently conducting research and writing historical reports for the Archaeology and History Branch, Indigenous Affairs and Cultural History Directorate, Parks Canada (particularly for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada). He has also been teaching as a sessional instructor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary since 2011 and School of Global Access at Bow Valley College (Calgary) since 2017.

Mikkel Dack - Assistant Professor - Rowan University

Dr. Dack graduated from our PhD program in 2016 and after a two-year visiting professorship at Syracuse University, is now assistant professor at Rowan University in the field of Modern Europe.  He is also the co-director of the Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  Mikkel taught here at the University of Calgary summer session, as well as at Red Deer College. 

Jonathan Durance - Branch Manager - TD Bank

“The skills I acquired in my M.A. program directly relate to the need for leaders in the banking world to process information and innovate efficiently and analytically. If the contribution I make to my company and my community is deeply valued, it is thanks to the training I received. Today, I can say unequivocally, the degree was an excellent investment of time and money.” Read more...

Christine Leppard - Historical Specialist and Archivist - Calgary Stampede 

“I received an excellent education at the U of C, and the many opportunities afforded me there to engage in public history projects made me a better-rounded historian. Together, these elements prepared me well for the job I hold today.” Read more...


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