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Recent Graduates

Ph.D. Students

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 began her Ph.D. in American History at Temple University in the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Greg Pearson, who earned the M.A. in History, was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Lehigh University, and was awarded a University Scholarship. Gregg has passed his comprehensive exams, and plans to complete the doctoral dissertation during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • 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.
  • 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


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

  • John Schropp, "The Great Compromiser: James Bayard and the Election of 1800." 
  • Andy Zellers-Frederick, "Gunning Bedford, Jr., at the 1787 Constitutional Convention: Are His Most Famous Words a Myth?"

Academic Placement

Several of our students have been appointed to academic positions in regional institutions.

  • Lauren De Angelis is an Adjunct Professor at La Salle University
  • Michael Di Camillo is an Adjunct Professor at La Salle University
  • Chuck Lannutti is an Adjunct Professor at La Salle University
  • John Schropp is an Adjunct Professor at La Salle University
  • Jody Seutter is an Adjunct Professor at Bucks County Community College and La Salle University

Public History Placements

Several of our students have also been hired at some well-accredited museums and historical sites. 

  • Meghan Bassett is an Executive Assistant at JL Architects, a firm that restores historic homes and runs a blog on historic restoration
  • Adam Clements is an Interpreter for Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site
  • Megan Crowe O’Keefe is an executive administrator at the Joseph’s Fund
  • Christine Schoonmaker is an Educator/Visitor Service Representative at the National Liberty Museum
  • Wesley Schwenk is a Park Ranger at Valley Forge National Historic Park

Margaret M. McCoey, M.S.

George B. Stow, Ph.D.

La Salle University
Graduate Programs in History
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1097

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