Recent Graduates

Alain Duroseau

Alain Duroseau ('13)
Gap International, Philadelphia, PA

During history courses, it is important to grasp that we are learning a perspective. We make our best conclusion by gathering “facts” from various sources to create an interpretation of what “happened” or “the truth”. Well, I find that “the truth” can be very limiting. Currently, I work for Gap International, a global management consulting company right outside Philadelphia, PA. At Gap International, we break through those limitations by partnering with executives and consistently challenging the “truth” to innovate and create a new truth, a new reality that leads to exceptional growth.  

Victoria Gerard

Victoria Zagarino Gerard ('10)
Associate Curator of Special Exhibitions and Research, Bowers Museum, California

As a Curator, the skills I obtained as a history major are used each and every day. Studying history at Villanova University prepared me to not only be a historian, but also a highly efficient problem solver. In addition, I had the ability to put my education in a real-world context by exploring the rich public history and material culture of Philadelphia through the fantastic internship and research opportunities I pursued. My education at Villanova not only allowed me to be a competitive candidate in my field, but also helped me develop critical professional and life skills.

Amanda Grevey

Amanda Grevey ('07)
Senior Associate at CARANA Corporation

Profession: International Development/Foreign Affairs - The critical analysis, research, and writing skills I developed as a history major at Villanova have proven invaluable for my career in International Economic Development. Studying history trained me to synthesize complex information, analyze trends, and articulate practical policy solutions to alleviate poverty in the developing world.

Taylor Hamilton

Taylor Hamilton (‘13)
Secondary teacher, Teach for America, Hawaii

Being a history major at Villanova really helped me to become a strong researcher and writer, which are two skills that many students lack.  Research and writing is so important in any field and harnessing those skills has really helped me to be a great teacher to my students and also a great student myself as I work on my masters of education degree.

Laura Joslin

Laura Joslin ('11)
Student, Creighton University

I will be graduating medical school in May, so I've been interviewing for anesthesia residency positions. I have visited about 15 programs with each visit consisting of 3-6 interviews. During each interview art history was the topic of conversation for at least a part of if not the whole interview! It was surprising and refreshing to learn how many physicians have an interest or wish they had more of an interest in art history. Needless to say it made my interview session more relaxing to talk about something I love. I wanted to pass along to students how beneficial my background in art history has been even though I chose a different career path. Those that interviewed me often shared that an interest in art history was a sign of being well-rounded, open-minded, and able to relate well to others with a variety of backgrounds, all of which are valuable characteristics and especially important in medicine.

Elizabeth Lindner

Elizabeth Lindner ('11)
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, San Francisco, CA

My undergraduate studies in history at Villanova were truly indispensable to my work at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. and to my Master of Public Administration program at the University of Washington. A degree in history helped me develop a cohesive, direct writing style to communicate with federal bureaucrats and political appointees. It also gave me vital skills in analytical and critical thinking that allowed me to tackle issues of social and environmental justice in present-day Appalachia. Recently I accepted a postion as the Program Manager for Internships and Service Initiatives at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. ​It is a non-profit that is very well known in the parks world. As Program Manager I'll work closely with the national park in San Francisco to evaluate and streamline 80 internships. I will also be heavily involved in partnerships with two local colleges to increase nonwhite representation in the internships.  I would recommend this highly versatile degree to everyone.

Hannah Misner

Hannah Misner (‘12)
Associate Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Colorado

Studying history at Villanova taught me to view historical “facts” through a lens of skepticism, and to seek the truth through my own research. This viewpoint has enhanced my ability to tackle legal cases, where my job is to narrate a story in a way which benefits my client, and challenge the facts presented by the opposing party. During job interviews, I have often compared the practice of law to historiography, where you sort through various opinions about what happened in the past, and then compose your own version.

Kathleen Pierce

Kathleen Pierce ('12)
PhD Program in Art History at Rutgers University

After graduating from Villanova with a BA in Art History and French in 2012, I left for a year to work in France. There, I taught English at three elementary schools. While my experience studying French language contributed to my work, I was surprised by the degree to which other, seemingly less related moments of my time at Villanova filtered my experience. Walks with colleagues through the Vauban-designed, fortified, old town, bolstered by recollections of lectures on architecture, helped me connect and form relationships within my new community; similarly, my time tutoring at the Villanova Writing Center and volunteering at the Northern Home after school program in Manayunk, PA, directly facilitated my navigation of trying times in the classroom. After returning to the United States, I began a PhD program in Art History at Rutgers University, where I work on 19th century French art and visual culture. The Art History coursework I completed at Villanova—especially the opportunity to compose an in-depth senior thesis with the support of my professors—has proved fruitful and perennially helpful both in and out of the classroom as I continue to narrow my analytical focus. 

Stephen Siciliano

Stephen Siciliano ('13)
Analyst at Oaktree Capital Management

Majoring in history provided me with an invaluable foundation in research, writing and analysis. It taught me the importance of contextualization and looking at both the minute factors and the "big picture" in order to understand and communicate about a subject in a thorough manner. Thanks to my history education at Villanova, I am able to utilize these important skills on a daily basis.

Kaitlin Sullivan

Kaitlin Sullivan ('10)
Attorney Training and Development at Dechert LLP

Studying history taught me to write effectively, think analytically and speak persuasively. These critical skills are practical, applicable and highly valued in today’s workplace. As a part of Dechert’s Global Legal Talent Department, I facilitate the professional development of lawyers through the design, delivery and assessment of professional training programs. The skills I gained as a history major at Villanova gave me foundation to succeed professionally.