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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.

We invite all alumni to share their testimonials with us at histdept@ucalgary.ca.

Our graduates find work in various sectors: 

Chris Hyland, ELL Instructor School of Global Access, Bow Valley College

Dr. Chris Hyland teaches English as an Additional Language courses as well as online seminars on intercultural communication. He find teaching recent immigrants to Canada to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, one where there is a place for Canadian history. In his classroom, he finds that Canadian culture, history and language learning blend together in fascinating ways. He argues that one cannot teach language without teaching culture. 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. 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...

Lesley Erickson - Editor - University of British Columbia Press 

"The History Department’s rigorous and well-rounded Master’s and Ph.D. programs not only shaped my work as a scholar but also laid the foundation for my current career in scholarly publishing.” 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...

 

See more of our graduates in various sectors

Academia

Public History

Editing

Amy McKinney (Ph.D. 2011), Assistant Professor, Northwest College, Powell  (Wyoming)

Shannon Murray (Ph.D. 2015), Historical Specialist, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited

Lesley Erickson (Ph.D. 2003), Editor, University of British Columbia Press, BC

Keith Smith (Ph.D. 2007), Chair, First Nations Studies, Department of History, Vancouver Island University

Christine Leppard (Ph.D. 2013), Historical Specialist and Archivist, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited

Edward Kaplan (Ph.D. 2007), Professor and Head, Department of History, US Air Force Academy

Alexander Herd (Ph.D. 2011), Project Manager, Historica Canada, 2011-14

Public Service

Legal Professions

Private Sector

Andrew Lefebvre (Ph.D. 2008), Senior Program Consultant, Ontario Public Service

Gretchen Albers (Ph.D. 2011), Researcher for Law Firm Maurice Law, Calgary

Andrew Varsanyi (M.A. 2014), Director, Business Development, Critical Control Energy Systems, Calgary

Alex Taylor del Cid (Ph.D. 2004), Human Rights Specialist, Fairfax County Government, Virginia

Paul Nigol (Ph.D. 2001), Lawyer, Stephens & Homan, Vancouver

Jonathan Durance (M.A. 2011), Branch Manager, Toronto Dominion Bank, Three Hills, AB

Jamieson Weetman (M.A. 1999), Political Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy, Switzerland

Aaron Plamondon (Ph.D. 2006), Industrial and Benefits Manager, Director of Competitive Intelligence, Raytheon Canada, Calgary

Peter Archambault (Ph.D. 1997), Director, Strategic Operations Analysis, Department of National Defense, Ottawa

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