Class Notes, Fall 2016

October 2, 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.