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Kayla Schott-Bresler (History MA, 2013)
August 11, 2017
Ask a Seattle resident about the most pressing issue confronting the city and chances are the response will be a lack of affordable housing. Western Washington is growing fast, and the market for both rentals and home sales reflects this reality. Residents, workers, corporations, real estate companies, politicians, nonprofit organizations, environmental activists, and planners are all engaged in a debate over the future of the city and the region. And, so too, is a historian—Kayla Schott-... Read more
Portrait of UW History Alum Ben Green
August 4, 2017
In spring 2017, UW History alum Ben Green interned with the non-profit organization Skate Like a Girl in Seattle, WA. Read on for Ben's reflections on his time creating a digital archive of the organization's history and click the link above to find out more about the Skate Like a Girl programs! "The best part of this internship was actually learning more about the culture associated with skateboarding. Exposure to the skateboarding community has... Read more
Twenty-nine undergraduate and four graduate students were recognized for their scholarship, teaching and service to the field at the Department of History Awards on May 10, 2017
June 13, 2017
The Department of History celebrated the recipients of almost $200,000 in departmental scholarships and prizes at its annual awards ceremony held on May 10, 2017. Twenty-nine undergraduate and four graduate students were recognized for their scholarship, teaching and service to the field. The event is one of the highlights of the departmental calendar and showcases both student achievement and the generous support of donors. Read more about the honorees below. The Pressly Prize for... Read more
Robin Lindley
February 21, 2017
Traditionally many undergraduate majors in history have chosen to go on to law school. The academic skills learned in studying history?research, logical argument, evidence-based analysis and persuasive communication?translate well to careers in law, politics and public administration. For UW alum and longtime lawyer Robin Lindley, however, history has always been more than a powerful intellectual toolkit?it has been a motivating passion at every stage in his life. Lindley was drawn to explore... Read more
Michael Kendrick
February 15, 2017
We recently caught up with department alum Michael Kendrick. Kendrick graduated from UW with a BA in history in 1996, and now teaches Social Studies at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions Michael! At what point did you decide to become a teacher? From a very early age, I was inspired to become a teacher because of one of my greatest influences: my father. He was a middle school science teacher in the Shoreline school... Read more
Amanda Morse
February 6, 2017
So just what is the point in getting a history degree? Amanda Morse faced this question for herself in 2009. Following a lifelong interest in Latin and the classical era, Morse had entered UW in 2005 seeking a history degree, with an emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome. Now, four years later, she was only a few credits short of graduation, but found herself dismayed at the challenging prospect of building a career as a historian of antiquity. Wondering whether it had all been for nothing, Morse... Read more
Turkiya Lowe
February 6, 2017
UW History alumna Turkiya Lowe was recently named Chief Historian of the National Park Service. Lowe received her Ph.D. from the department in 2010, with particular focus on the fields of African American History, Twentieth-Century US History, and Women's History. Previously, she served in a variety of roles in the National Park Service, both during and after her graduate studies--most recently as Chief Historian of the service's Southeast Region, and before that in other positions in the... Read more
Anne Melton standing in front of propeller airplane
January 3, 2017
Anne Melton graduated from UW in 2006 with a BA in History and a minor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She returned to UW a few years later to earn her MA in Museology in 2012, and is currently the Membership Manager at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We caught up with her to ask her a bit about her career path and the role History has played in her life.   What was it that initially sparked your interest in History? Was there a particular class or professor that really stood... Read more
Rayna Mathis
January 2, 2017
At 21 years old, Rayna Mathis, a recent graduate from the Department of History, is off to a fantastic start in her career. She graduated in the Spring of 2016 at just 20 years old, having already launched her career as a museum professional. Rayna currently works as Coordinator for School and Educator Programs at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), a position she has held since May of 2016. Her position primarily involves working with schools and educators, but she has also had the opportunity to... Read more
Josie Rollins
March 25, 2016
If asked the question "what can you do with a Bachelor's Degree in History?" history majors will provide many different answers. Recent graduate Josie Rollins' response to this question was to go to graduate school. A former recipient of the Department of History's Sleizer Scholarship and the Magna Carta Society Prize, Josie has decided to take what she learned at the UW and pursue an advanced degree. Now at Cambridge University in England, Josie is pursuing first an M.Phil, the British... Read more