Alumni News

Fall 2016

Daniel Beck, MA ’12, recently published his fifth institutional history, written for Dorset Field Club (the oldest continuously operating golf club in America). Beck is currently writing five additional titles, from an engineering firm to a medical organization.

Kathleen Brian, PhD ’13, recent research will appear in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (winter 2016), and her coedited volume on disability and masculinity is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2017). She teaches at Western Washington University.

Michelle Delaney, MA ’91, is the senior program officer for history and culture in the Smithsonian Institution's Office of the Provost, and is a history PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

Danielle Dettling, BA ’16, is completing a service year in Sacramento, Calif., with AmeriCorps NCCC, a team based service program for 18-24 year olds.

Jessica Elfenbein, MA ’89, spent the last 10 years in academic administration and is now back on the faculty as professor of history at the University of South Carolina.

Liz Farmer, BA ’02, celebrated four years of writing for Governing Magazine in 2016. She has been lucky enough to travel all over the United States, from California to Alabama to New York. She lives in Rockville, Md., with her husband (CCAS ’03) and their son.

Ian Funk, BA ’16, was accepted into the PhD program in American Studies at the University of Maryland. He is currently writing, researching  and presenting on queer masculinities, pornography, camp and queer politics.

Ruth Glick, BA ’64, as a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, continues her career writing mostly fiction—although she has also written 16 cookbooks. Glick is working on her 160th book, a paranormal romantic suspense novel by her pen name, Rebecca York.

Emmanuella Greene, BA ’02, after an 18-month stint in New England, has relocated back to Northern Virginia. This summer she started her first job in the public sector since leaving GW. She is proud to now say that she works at the National Education Association as a contracts professional.

Polly Gregory, BA ’16, is living in Los Angeles, Calif., and working at United American Costumes, which specializes in period costumes for movies and TV. She loves seeing her American Studies degree at work by understanding how cultural moments impacted the clothing from each period.

Michael La Place, BA ’85 is the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the County of Passaic, New Jersey. He also received his master of urban & regional planning degree from GW in 1989.

David Lombardi, BA ’81, owns a video production company in Maine. He has spent most of his career in advertising producing commercials and corporate messaging.

Carl Lounsbury, BA ’08, co-authored the Journal of Urban History article, "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley since 1970," which won the Urban History Association's Arnold Hirsch Award.

Michael Miller, MA ’91, works as a psychotherapist. Miller says that his GW education led him to work in the folk cultural realm for about 20 years. This included permanent exhibitions in South Dakota and Delaware.

Paige Roberts, PhD ’00, works as director of archives and special collections at Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.) when she is not hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or swimming.

Meg Smith, BA ’05, is starting her fourth year as a program manager at Google in New York. Check out Local Guides on Google Maps!

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, had his third, substantially revised edition of Solomon’s well-regarded and widely read book, The Art of Client Service, published by John Wiley & Sons. He continues to conduct workshops and give presentations that pick up where the book leaves off.

Summer 2016

Constance Beninghove (Strickland), MA ’04, recently changed jobs to be an Assistant Registrar at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  I am working on both donations and loans related to the opening of the museum this year.

Kathleen Brian, PhD ’13, Katie is a Lecturer at Western Washington University. An article drawn from her book project is forthcoming from the Bulletin of the History of Medicine; she is also co-editing a volume on disability and masculinity that will be published by Oxford in 2017.

Scott Chidgey, BA ’08, is excited to be returning to America this summer after teaching English in Seoul, South Korea and Prague, Czech Republic for the past six years. He also founded FreedomThinkers, a community of artists, travelers, and charities to inspire.

John Cole, MPhil ’70, PhD ’71, after a 50-year career at the Library of Congress, including serving as the founding director of the Library of Congress Center for the Book (1977), he has been appointed to the new position of Library of Congress Historian.  

Monta Lee Dakin, MA ’83, is the director of Mountain-Plains Museums Association which provides services to museums in 10 states in the west. She plans training programs for museum staff and has been very involved with advocacy efforts at all levels.

Shari Diamond (Newman), BA ’05, and her husband Evan Diamond welcomed a baby girl, Arielle Maya Diamond, on September 19, 2015! The couple is also planning a big move to Atlanta, GA, this summer, after 10 years in New York City.

Donna Dodenhoff, MA ’91, will be awarded a PhD in American Studies from the College of William & Mary this May. She plans to conduct post-doctoral research leading to publication of her dissertation on the Shenandoah Valley's Reconstruction era.

Katherine Ross Dominick, BA ’06, worked at CNN for 6 years, most recently as a producer/writer for AC360 when she left in 2012. She then came to CBS to work as a producer for CBS This Morning. She is now the Transportation Producer for the network.

Marc Eisenberg, BA ’94, is the founder and host of DC Music Salon and the Executive Director of the Washington Bach Consort. 

Sarah Feldman, BA ’05, now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Casey. She received her law degree from GW in 2010 and works for the Oregon Judicial Department.

Stacy Flaherty, MA ’86, is a community volunteer in Portland, Oregon.

Scott Gilbert, BA ’00, has been appointed the new director of capital planning for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation.

Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, MA ’14, is a PhD student in American Studies and Public Humanities at Brown. She recently received the William E. Brigman Award at PCA/ACA, and her article will be published in The Journal of Popular Culture.

Cassandra Good, BA ’04, MA ’05, wrote Founding Friendships (OUP ’15), which received the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History.

David Heinzmann, BA ’90, is an investigative reporter on the Chicago Tribune's government investigations team. He is also currently finishing revisions on his third crime novel, a genre first suggested to him by the late GW professor Robert H. Walker.

Carl Lounsbury, MA ’77, PhD ’83, will retire in November after 35 years at Colonial Williamsburg as an architectural historian. Hw will continue consulting working on research projects for museums and historical societies and continue to publish on early American architecture.

Betsy May-Salazar, MA ’91, recently celebrated 20 years at the National Building Museum where she is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Akiko Murakata, PhD ’71, is publishing Helen Vendler’s Seamus Heaney (1998), edit/translation into Japanese, in memorial of the Irish poet who passed away in 2013, with updated chronology and additional essays.

Eid Mohamed, PhD ’11, received the Qatar National Research Fund, National Priorities Research Program Award to support his research for 3 years on "Transcultural Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab Social Movements"

Frederick Quinn, BA ’14, is a JD candidate at Cardozo law school in NYC. He will be working at a private trusts and estates firm as a summer associate this summer.

Madiha Ragala, MA ’81, is a Senior Lecturer in the Casablanca Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. She is also active in the University online platform where she has been offering courses. In parallel, she is taking MOOC courses and enjoying them tremendously.

Aliza Schiff, BA ’05, is working on a variety of public humanities projects for Arlington Cultural Affairs, just across the river, including oral history projects and running the search for Arlington's 1st poet laureate!

Colleen Shalby, BA ’11, left Washington, D.C. and moved back to my home state of California for a job with the L.A. Times, after three years at PBS NewsHour. She is working with the politics and social media teams, covering the election.

VivianLea Stevens Solek, MA ’87, has been hired by the Knights of Columbus Museum as an Archivist. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit society and has grown to more than 1.9 million members around the world. In her role, Mrs. Solek will manage the collection of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives, located in New Haven, CT. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science Simmons College, an MA in American Studies at GW, with a material culture concentration, and a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, just had the third edition of his widely read and well-respected book, The Art of Client Service, published by John Wiley & Sons, which is available in bookstores, at Amazon, and by visiting www.artofclientservice.com.

Caroline H. Spurry, MA ’15, since completing the Historic Preservation Masters program within the American Studies department, she joined the Historic Preservation and Collections department  at George Washington's Mount Vernon as an Architectural Historian.

Rusty Stahl, BA ’98, launched Talent Philanthropy (fundthepeople.org) in 2014, a national campaign to maximize foundation investments in the nonprofit workforce. He married Sarah From in 2013, moved from NYC to Beacon, NY in 2015, and they had their daughter Ruby in early 2016.

Elizabeth Staz (Betsy Debevoise), BA ’61, raised 4 wonderful children, graduated from York Academy of Art, and taught at Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. She is a watercolorist represented by Red Raven Art Company and has products at Lancasterartcollection.com. Elizabeth loved GW.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, is creating the new field of History Communication in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts and Purdue University. He continues to work at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

 Kelly Straw, BA ’09, is currently living in Los Angeles working as an artist manager for the UK-based Modest! Management.  Kelly oversees the west coast outpost of the management team for global #1 artists including 5 Seconds of Summer and developing band Hey Violet.

Catherine Tatum, BA ’10, represents indigent criminal defendants as an Assistant Public Defender for the Newport News Public Defender's Office in Newport News, VA. She will also be getting married in September 2016 to her wonderful fiancé, Justin.

Isabelle Dee Wedemeyer, BA ’65, took early retirement from The New York Times, graduated from Fordham University School of Law and on April 11, was sworn into the New York State Bar.

Marilyn Yakowitz (Cohen), MPhil ’74, PhD ’80, was re-elected by The GW Alumni Association to its Board of Directors, where she serves on the Executive Committee and heads the Working Group for Alumni Abroad.

Thomas Yanni, MA ’94, has been teaching U.S History and American Studies courses at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA for nine years. A resident of Palm Springs since 2002, he was recently appointed Vice Chair of the city's Public Arts Commission.


Spring 2016

Constance Beninghove (Strickland), MA ’04, recently changed jobs to be an Assistant Registrar at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. I am working on both donations and loans related to the opening of the museum this year.

Kathleen Brian, PhD ’13, Katie is a Lecturer at Western Washington University. An article drawn from her book project is forthcoming from the Bulletin of the History of Medicine; she is also co-editing a volume on disability and masculinity that will be published by Oxford in 2017.

Scott Chidgey, BA ’08, is excited to be returning to America this summer after teaching English in Seoul, South Korea and Prague, Czech Republic for the past six years. He also founded FreedomThinkers, a community of artists, travelers, and charities to inspire.

John Cole, MPhil ’70, PhD ’71, after a 50-year career at the Library of Congress, including serving as the founding director of the Library of Congress Center for the Book (1977), he has been appointed to the new position of Library of Congress Historian.  

Monta Lee Dakin, MA ’83, is the director of Mountain-Plains Museums Association which provides services to museums in 10 states in the west. She plans training programs for museum staff and has been very involved with advocacy efforts at all levels.

Shari Diamond (Newman), BA ’05, and her husband Evan Diamond welcomed a baby girl, Arielle Maya Diamond, on September 19, 2015! The couple is also planning a big move to Atlanta, GA, this summer, after 10 years in New York City.

Donna Dodenhoff, MA ’91, will be awarded a PhD in American Studies from the College of William & Mary this May. She plans to conduct post-doctoral research leading to publication of her dissertation on the Shenandoah Valley's Reconstruction era.

Katherine Ross Dominick, BA ’06, worked at CNN for 6 years, most recently as a producer/writer for AC360 when she left in 2012. She then came to CBS to work as a producer for CBS This Morning. She is now the Transportation Producer for the network.

Marc Eisenberg, BA ’94, is the founder and host of DC Music Salon and the Executive Director of the Washington Bach Consort. 

Sarah Feldman, BA ’05, now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Casey. She received her law degree from GW in 2010 and works for the Oregon Judicial Department.

Stacy Flaherty, MA ’86, is a community volunteer in Portland, Oregon.

Scott Gilbert, BA ’00, has been appointed the new director of capital planning for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation.

Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, MA ’14, is a PhD student in American Studies and Public Humanities at Brown. She recently received the William E. Brigman Award at PCA/ACA, and her article will be published in The Journal of Popular Culture.

Cassandra Good, BA ’04, MA ’05, wrote Founding Friendships (OUP ’15), which received the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History.

David Heinzmann, BA ’90, is an investigative reporter on the Chicago Tribune's government investigations team. He is also currently finishing revisions on his third crime novel, a genre first suggested to him by the late GW professor Robert H. Walker.

Carl Lounsbury, MA ’77, PhD ’83, will retire in November after 35 years at Colonial Williamsburg as an architectural historian. Hw will continue consulting working on research projects for museums and historical societies and continue to publish on early American architecture.

Betsy May-Salazar, MA ’91, recently celebrated 20 years at the National Building Museum where she is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Akiko Murakata, PhD ’71, is publishing Helen Vendler’s Seamus Heaney (1998), edit/translation into Japanese, in memorial of the Irish poet who passed away in 2013, with updated chronology and additional essays.

Eid Mohamed, PhD ’11, received the Qatar National Research Fund, National Priorities Research Program Award to support his research for 3 years on "Transcultural Identities: Solidaristic Action and Contemporary Arab Social Movements"

Frederick Quinn, BA ’14, is a JD candidate at Cardozo law school in NYC. He will be working at a private trusts and estates firm as a summer associate this summer.

Madiha Ragala, MA ’81, is a Senior Lecturer in the Casablanca Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. She is also active in the University online platform where she has been offering courses. In parallel, she is taking MOOC courses and enjoying them tremendously.

Aliza Schiff, BA ’05, is working on a variety of public humanities projects for Arlington Cultural Affairs, just across the river, including oral history projects and running the search for Arlington's 1st poet laureate!

Colleen Shalby, BA ’11, left Washington, D.C. and moved back to my home state of California for a job with the L.A. Times, after three years at PBS NewsHour. She is working with the politics and social media teams, covering the election.

VivianLea Stevens Solek, MA ’87, has been hired by the Knights of Columbus Museum as an Archivist. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal benefit society and has grown to more than 1.9 million members around the world. In her role, Mrs. Solek will manage the collection of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives, located in New Haven, CT. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science Simmons College, an MA in American Studies at GW, with a material culture concentration, and a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, just had the third edition of his widely read and well-respected book, The Art of Client Service, published by John Wiley & Sons, which is available in bookstores, at Amazon, and by visiting www.artofclientservice.com. Caroline H. Spurry, MA ’15, since completing the Historic Preservation Masters program within the American Studies department, she joined the Historic Preservation and Collections department at George Washington's Mount Vernon as an Architectural Historian.

Rusty Stahl, BA ’98, launched Talent Philanthropy (fundthepeople.org) in 2014, a national campaign to maximize foundation investments in the nonprofit workforce. He married Sarah From in 2013, moved from NYC to Beacon, NY in 2015, and they had their daughter Ruby in early 2016.

Elizabeth Staz (Betsy Debevoise), BA ’61, raised 4 wonderful children, graduated from York Academy of Art, and taught at Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. She is a watercolorist represented by Red Raven Art Company and has products at Lancasterartcollection.com. Elizabeth loved GW.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, is creating the new field of History Communication in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts and Purdue University. He continues to work at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Kelly Straw, BA ’09, is currently living in Los Angeles working as an artist manager for the UK-based Modest! Management. Kelly oversees the west coast outpost of the management team for global #1 artists including 5 Seconds of Summer and developing band Hey Violet.

Catherine Tatum, BA ’10, represents indigent criminal defendants as an Assistant Public Defender for the Newport News Public Defender's Office in Newport News, VA. She will also be getting married in September 2016 to her wonderful fiancé, Justin.

Isabelle Dee Wedemeyer, BA ’65, took early retirement from The New York Times, graduated from Fordham University School of Law and on April 11, was sworn into the New York State Bar.

Marilyn Yakowitz (Cohen), MPhil ’74, PhD ’80, was re-elected by The GW Alumni Association to its Board of Directors, where she serves on the Executive Committee and heads the Working Group for Alumni Abroad.

Thomas Yanni, MA ’94, has been teaching U.S History and American Studies courses at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA for nine years. A resident of Palm Springs since 2002, he was recently appointed Vice Chair of the city's Public Arts Commission.


Fall 2015

Sarah Brown, MA ’82, PhD ’95, has returned to the for-profit sector after many years in the nonprofit world. She is now an ethno-botanist and runs Maison Terre Natural Products. She also owns several other enterprises, including Prodigy Website Graphics and Green Willow Properties.

Monta Lee Dakin, MA ’83, is now out in the west in Colorado after working at the Smithsonian, Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Mount Vernon. She is the director of a 10-state regional museum association, MPMA.

Jessicah Duckworth (Krey), BA ’99, is program director in the Religion Division at Lilly Endowment Inc., a private, non-operating foundation based in Indianapolis. She completed her PhD in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009.

Charity Fox, PhD ’10, recently began a position as assistant professor of American studies and gender studies in the American Studies Program at Penn State Harrisburg (http://hbg.psu.edu).

Carolyn Hart, BA ’71, worked in high-tech, mostly start-ups, in administration until her last gig with 3M, on an island in Puget Sound. Closure of the facility resulted in retirement, and now she volunteers and travels fulltime.

Sandra Heard, PhD ’10, is currently the chair of the History and Social Studies Department at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. She also enjoys working with juniors and seniors in her U.S. history, U.S. government and politics and civil rights courses.

Mark Kates, BA ’82, unsurprisingly to some, has a post-GW career in the music business. He is back in Boston running his own music management company Fenway Recordings. They also have offices in New York and Los Angeles. He doesn’t get to D.C. much, sadly!

Katherine Muraszko, BA ’15, is currently working as a talent assistant at one of the entertainment industry's top talent agencies, Paradigm Talent Agency. She says it’s a real pleasure to work in entertainment and to utilize and apply all that she has learned from a creative and business perspective.

Frederick Quinn, BA ’14, has continued to pursue his passion for law and is currently attending the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Brooke Schlesinger, BA ’14, Works at the Ad Council in New York where she helps to create and manage national public service advertising campaigns.

Ray Schroth, S.J., MA ’69, PhD ’71, is in his fifth year at America magazine, the Jesuit weekly on religion, politics and culture, where he has been literary editor for three years. His most recent book is Bob Drinan, The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress (Fordham, 2011). He also reviews books for theNational Catholic Reporter and am writing a book on courage.

Kathryn Smith, MA ’86, and her husband Sam are now in Freeport, Maine. She is a trustee of the Maine Historical Society and an advisor to the public Wolfe's Neck Farm, dedicated to research and education in sustainable agriculture.

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, will have a new third edition of his industry leading bookThe Art of Client Service, published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2016.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, launched the new field of History Communication and coined the term “History Communicators.” He had an opinion piece in TIME on the topic published on September 18, 2015.

Chris Welch, BA ’14, has been working at Farmers Fishers Bakers, an upscale casual restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront that prides itself on its sustainability. He is a full-time front of house manager and has been working there since his junior year at GW.

Marilyn Yakowitz (Cohen), MPhil ’74, PhD ’80, is president of KGUSA (a 501c3), on several boards (the GWAA, a Cameroon school, Yale's France Club) and is retired from OECD, where she headed sustainable development; regulatory reform; Latin America; and African & Eastern Europe relations.

James Zarsadiaz, BA ’08, will have an article (co-authored with Becky Nicolaides), "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley since 1970," published in the Journal of Urban History.


Spring 2015

Dennis A. Davison, BA ’71, is the chairman of the Board of Directors of CentroNia, a DC non-profit that specializes in early childhood education in a bilingual, multicultural environment; also a lawyer.

Julie Elman, PhD ’09, is Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. She recently completed her first book, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation (NYU Press, 2014).

Mark Kates, BA ’82, is currently sustaining a career in the music business that started while at GW and WRGW. He spent 16+ years in Los Angeles, mostly at Geffen Records, ran the Beastie Boys' label and is now an artist manager.

Jennie Krems, BA ’13, just finished her first year in the M.P.A. program at American University. She works in the Research Center at Education Week, a news organization covering K-12 education topics. Last year she served with AmeriCorps as a Reading Partners site coordinator.

Michael La Place, BA ’85, is the Planning Director for Passaic County, New Jersey. He recently received the NJ Historic Preservation Award for the successful nomination of the Passaic County Court House and Annex to the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

Brooke O’Connell, BA ’12, graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law on May 14, 2015.

Eid Mohamed, PhD ’05, will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Transnational Literary and Cultural Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Sept. 2015. His book Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East will be released by I.B. Tauris, June 2015

Liz Sieck, BA ’13, is finishing up her Master's Degree in Israel Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She currently live in Beersheba, Israel.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, was recently appointed to several national committees and task forces, including the program committee of the National History Center, the 50th Anniversary Task Force of the Oral History Association, and the national History Relevance Campaign.

Andrea Stevens, MA ’80, retired from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, where she was Director of Strategic Communications. Over her 45 years at SITES, she also served as Bicentennial Coordinator & Publications Director.

Sally Stokes, MA ’75, teaches courses on Cultural Heritage and Art and Museum Librarianship at Catholic University. Her essay on British author Noel Streatfeild appears in Howe and Yarbrough, Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Chelsea St. Onge-May, MA ’13, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for meritorious service during a deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

James Textoris, BA ’13, has served as a Peace Corps Micronesia EFL teacher in South Korea, a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Latvia, as well as an ESL instructor at Georgetown University. He is currently a high school ESL and US History teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.


Fall 2014

Marc Eisenberg, BA ’94, works in the music industry, currently serving as the executive director of the Washington Bach Consort. He also founded and currently hosts the D.C. MusicSalon. In October 2014, he moderated “Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation’s Capital,” the first annual symposium of the brand new DC Vernacular Music Archive at GW’s Gelman Library. Panelists included Ian MacKaye (punk), GW professor Kip Lornell (go-go) and others. He also serves on the board of Culture Capital and Arts Action DC.

Julie Elman, PhD ’09, published her first book, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation, with New York University Press.

Amber Erin Kidd, MA ’07, is currently residing in Raleigh, N.C., where she is employed as an environmental review specialist for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources-State Historic Preservation Office.

David Kieran, PhD ’09, expanded his dissertation project into a book, Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, published with the University of Massachusetts Press.

Amy Kurland, BA ’77, founded The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 1982, and sold it to the Nashville Songwriters Association International in 2008. She has appeared as an extra in the audience at the Bluebird Cafe in the ABC TV show Nashville and occasionally hosts a tour of the real Bluebird and the set for the TV show. She currently writes grants and raises money as a volunteer for local charities, primarily those that help people who want to recover from alcoholism.

Since receiving his degree in May, Steve Lorenz, PhD ’14, helped to curate the opening exhibition for the new DC Vernacular Music Archives (DCVMA) at GW, a project started by music department professor Kip Lornell. The multimedia exhibition at Gelman Library on D.C. go-go, punk, bluegrass and folk music communities was accompanied by a symposium and performances at the Corcoran. He was also a panelist at the Washington D.C. Historical Society's 41st Annual Conference on DC Culture and Politics of the 1960s. He discussed his work on the schisms within the folk music revival in Washington in the early 60s.

Robert A. Michaels, BA ’74, is a self-employed city planning consultant working in northern New Jersey, representing several municipalities and private clients. He is on the board of trustees for the Housing Partnership of Northern New Jersey and stepped down as chair of the board this year. The Housing Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides first-time home buyer education and foreclosure counseling, among other services.

At a joint meeting of the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the Texas Jewish Historical Society in Austin, Texas, on October 25, 2014, Peggy Pearlstein, PhD ’93, presented a paper on "A Journey to Palestine in 1946: the emergence of a Zionist a Lobby in the Southeast." She has also served as a consultant to library and media centers since retiring from the Library of Congress in 2013.

After graduation, Catherine Caouette née Rickard, BA ’98, worked in Washington and New York City for a few years, then went to the University of Virginia for law school. During law school, she focused on international and human rights law, and interned for a summer with the Shan Women's Action Network in Thailand, researching domestic workers and human trafficking issues. After law school, she worked for a large law firm and three years ago, took an in-house law job. She has three kids, ages 4, 6 and 8, and lives in San Jose, Calif.

Jay Silberman, BA ’69, went on to American University's law school (1973) and was a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Clarence Long (D-MD) before a career developing real estate (shopping centers and an antique mall, because Americans need to buy a lot of stuff, and storage facilities, because Americans need a place to put all their stuff). Twice elected citywide to D.C.'s school board, he is now retired, writing plays and screenplays, producing films, collecting Native American, Inuit and other tribal art, and has been a founding member of the MidAtlantic Literary Edification Society since 1986.

Sally Sims Stokes. MA ’75, has most recently served as interim head of the Art and Architecture Libraries at the University of Maryland while teaching courses in cultural heritage and art librarianship in the Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University. Over the past 10 years, her publications have focused on the British author (and frequent American traveler) Noel Streatfeild (1895-1986), with her most recent essay, "'The Studio World Surprised and Disturbed Ruth: The Diffident Stage Mother and the Difficult Child in a Post-War Novel by Noel Streatfeild," appearing in Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media(Bloomsbury, 2014). She is currently working on several interdisciplinary studies in religion, city planning and architectural history.

Keren Veisblatt Toledano, BA ’09, is a digital strategist at Brooklyn United, an agency that exists at the interdisciplinary juncture of interactive design, user experience and marketing for both web and mobile programming in a range of industries including museums, NGO's and higher education. She also founded a triannual literary magazine, with a fellow GW alumna, titled The Knicknackery. She resides in New York City with her husband, Michael and cat, Cagney Ferdinand.

James Zarsadiaz, BA ’08, received his PhD in history from Northwestern University in June 2014. He is currently turning his dissertation on post-WWII suburban planning and Asian American suburbanization into a manuscript. This fall, James is joining the faculty of the University of San Francisco as tenure-track assistant professor of history. He is serving as a fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for summer 2014 and summer 2015.

Natalie Zelt, BA ’08, completed her master’s this summer and is now a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She just opened an exhibition of photographic and video work entitled “LaToya Ruby Frazier: Riveted with INGZ Collective.” The exhibition will be on view at UT's Visual Arts Center, November 7-December 6, 2014 and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies ISESE Gallery January 15-May 9, 2015.


Spring 2014

Regina Lee Blaszczyk, MA ’87, is the Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society at the University of Leeds in the UK. In 2012, her latest book, The Color Revolution, was published by the Smithsonian Lemelson Center and the MIT Press. Following reviews in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and theAtlantic, the book was awarded the 2013 Sally Hacker Prize for Outstanding Scholarship that Reaches Beyond the Academy by the Society for the History of Technology at its annual meeting in Portland, Maine. Blaszczyk's new work focuses on the cultural-business history of fashion. It includes collaborations with researchers at the universities of Oslo, Newcastle, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews and Erasmus Rotterdam and with the Center for Business History in Stockholm and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Cary B. Cheifetz, Esq., BA ’72, practices family law at the firm of Ceconi and Cheifetz, LLC, located in Summit, N.J. Mr. Cheifetz is the president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and author of New Jersey Family Law(2nd Edition) published by LexisNexis.

David P. DeVito, BA ’89, MPA ’06, is the director of the American Psychological Association's HIV Training Program. He resides in Arlington, Va., with his husband Dr. Daniel S. Michalski.

Mary Tess Driver, BA ’03, is currently residing in Connecticut. This is her seventh year as a high school teacher at Southington High School (she teaches AP U.S. History and honors U.S. History). Mary is very excited to announce that she is getting married in November 2014!

After nearly two decades in Baltimore, Jessica Elfenbein, MA ’89, is now professor of history and senior associate dean of the University of South Carolina's Graduate School. A public and urban historian, Jessica is now working on a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia, S.C.

Charity Fox, PhD ’10, is in her fourth year on the tenure track as an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore, where she teaches in the English, Communications and Popular Culture Studies programs and researches the intersections of gender, narrative and popular cultural rituals. She and her husband Brian recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter Betty.

Rebecca (Berlyoung) Freeman, MA ’08, is still living in Auckland, New Zealand and has just started her third year working for Auckland Council as a specialist in built heritage (planning/policy team). She welcomed baby Clara Jane Freeman in March of 2014.

After living abroad since 1990, Anita Hibler, PhD ’89, returned to San Diego in January but continues to teach as an online adjunct professor for the University of Maryland University College, which she has been doing since 1999. In 2006, Elephants for Mr. Lincoln: American Civil War-Era Diplomacy in Southeast Asia (Scarecrow Press, Inc.), a book she coauthored with Bill Strobridge, was published.

Kalie Kelman, BA ’10, became an Israeli citizen in October 2013 and is living in Jerusalem. She is currently the director of recruitment for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Pardes is an innovative co-ed learning institute for Jewish textual analysis.

Laurie Lahey, PhD ’13, completed her first year teaching in the Africana Studies Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she taught classes on race in American society and the African diaspora. This year she received an NJ350 Publication Initiative grant. Pending review, the manuscript will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2016. She also contributed a chapter to an edited collection, entitledBeyond Civil Rights: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth Century United States, which will be published by University of Georgia Press later this year. Her essay explores African American and Puerto Rican alliances during Camden, N.J.'s 1971 riot.

Lisa McCollough, MA ’03, is working in the Marketing Department of Wyndham Worldwide in San Diego, and is a fundraising committee volunteer with the Coronado Historical Association. Now residing on Coronado Island, she and her husband, Andre just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They have three children Evan, 15; Luke, 13; and Sage, 10.

Eric McMurray, BA ’08, is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., investigating complaints of illegal retaliation against safety whistleblowers in the mining industry.

John O'Keefe, PhD ’12, will be starting as an assistant professor of history at Ohio University-Chillicothe in 2014.

After 31 years at the Library of Congress, seven of them as head of the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Peggy Pearlstein, PhD ’93, retired on October 1, 2013. She will present a paper at the annual meeting of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, to be held in Austin, Texas, in October 2014.

Devin Proctor, MA ’13, has moved a full 10 feet to the west, to the Anthropology Department, where he is getting a PhD.

Aliza Schiff, BA ’05, has been back in the area for a few years working for Arlington County as a public art project manager, commissioning art and design enhancements for public spaces and taking care of the county's collection of 60+ permanent public artworks. Before that she spent a few years in St. Louis working for a public art consulting firm and earned a master’s degree in public humanities from Brown University in Providence. She and her husband just had a baby boy named Ethan in January!

David Sitomer, BA ’70, is currently retired but has been writing a play about W.W. Corcoran and a book.

Since last checking in with the department, Robert Solomon, BA ’72, and his wife relocated from New York City to Napa, Calif. He continues to consult, coach, write and teach under the auspices of his firm Solomon Strategic, while also working as a managing director of PALAZZO | Investment Bankers.

Jason Steinhauer, BA '02, was recently named one of D.C.'s "50 on Fire" by In the Capital magazine. His website explains why he was on fire:http://www.jasonsteinhauer.com

Jason Tercha, MA ’13, wrote and presented two conference papers in the last year. "A Little R&R: How Retrocession and Railroads led to Alexandria’s Rebirth," which he presented at the DC Historical Studies Conference on November 16, 2013, and "Derailed: Construction, Expansion and Failure of the Manassas Gap Railroad," presented at the Virginia Forum on March 15, 2014.

For the past year, Carole Watson, PhD ’78, has been serving as acting chairman of NEH. President Obama’s nomination of President William C. Adams of Colby College as incoming NEH chairman is before the Senate, and we along with the wider humanities community are eagerly awaiting his Senate confirmation.