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Recent Graduates

Some of our recent graduates have gained acceptance into prestigious Ph.D. programs in History.

  • Lauren De Angelis graduated from the five year B.A./M.A. program in August 2013 and will begin her Ph.D. in American History at Temple University in the Fall 2013 semester.

  • Frank Petrino has completed his M.A. thesis (The Lion in Lamb's Clothing: John Balliol's Role in the Diplomatic Relations of Scotland), and has entered the highly selective Ph.D. program in Medieval Studies at Fordham University.

  • Sarah Bischoff, who completed both the B.A. and M.A. programs in History during the summer of 2008, was accepted into the prestigious and highly selective (only ten students were admitted) Ph.D. program in American history at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Sarah was awarded a five-year, tuition-free scholarship, augmented by a very generous annual stipend. In March 2013 Sarah successfully defended her doctoral dissertation.

  • Gregg Pearson, who earned the M.A. in History, was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Lehigh, and was awarded a University Scholarship. Gregg has passed his comprehensive exams, and plans to complete the doctoral dissertation during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • Matt Smalarz earned the M. A. in History, and was admitted to the University of Rochester. At Rochester, Matt has passed the Ph.D. comprehensive exams in American History, and is writing his doctoral dissertation. He is currently a faculty member at Manor College.

Our students have also been hired at some well-accredited museums and historical sites:

  • Christine Schoonmaker, a recent graduate of the M.A. for Educators, was hired as an Educator/Visitor Services Representative at the National Liberty Museum in Old City, Philadelphia. The museum itself is called a history museum, an art museum, and a museum with a message—all wrapped up in one. She is responsible for leading tours, presentations, and specialized workshops for a diverse audience as well as providing customer service support within the institution.

  • Megan Crowe, a graduate from the Public History track, was hired by the Glen Foerd on the Delaware as a collection and visitor services representative.

  • Adam Clements, a graduate from the Public History track, is working in fundraising at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia during the week and volunteering at the Woodlands on the weekends. He is also co-directing next year's PubComm, which is a day when experts and students in the field of public history come together for a day of fellowship.

Two former students in the M.A. program have had their papers for the History 700 seminar, directed by Dr. Stuart Leibiger, accepted for publication in Delaware History:

  • Andy Zellers-Frederick's "Gunning Bedford, Jr., at the 1787 Constitutional Convention: Are His Most Famous Words a Myth?" appeared in the spring-summer edition.

  • John Schropp's "The Great Compromiser: James Bayard and the Election of 1800" will appear in a forthcoming issue.

Margaret M. McCoey, M.S.

George B. Stow, Ph.D.

La Salle University
Graduate Programs in History
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Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
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