History Alumni 

Georgia Whitaker '14

Georgia Whitaker '14

Georgia graduated this year with Honors in History with a project on Operation Condor. In addition to her academic interets in the history of Latin America, Georgia has engaged in several community service projects concering this region, including being a project supervisor for Amigo de las Americas in the Dominican Republic, where she oversaw twelve Dominican and North American volunteers' community-based initiavive projects and worked to develop relations with several Dominican partner agencies. 

The future: What are you plans and how are they related with you Latin American Studies majoy and studies at Bowdoin?

In my ideal world, I would attend grad school, earn a Ph.D, and hten teach Latin American history at a college level. I have always been especially interested in the idea of teaching, but my professors at Bowdoin, especially my advisor Allen Wells, and my two other majors have been highly inspirational and have made me want to pursue a career at the undergraduate college level. 

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Brian Powers '10

Brian Powers '10

Brian is currently a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School where he also plans to pursue a degree in business administration. Prior to entering medical school, Brian worked for two years at the Insitute of Medicine in Washington, DC on a variety of health policy and health care improvement issues.

How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for your current interests? 

Despite the vastly different subject matter, I believe my history major was the most benifical aspect of my Bowdoin education in terms of preparing me for my previous job and my future as career as a physician. A Bowdoin history major is more about building skills and learning tools rather remembering facts. These research, writing, and argumentative skills were extremely valuable at my previous position and will continue to be important in medical school. Furthermore, my history courses at Bowdoin instilled a desire to continually ask questions and see out evidence to prove or disprove hypotheses. These skills are eminently transferrable to the practice of medicine and medical research. 

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Scott Ogden '10

Scott Ogden '10

Scott currently serves as Press Secretary to U.S Senator Angus King (I-ME) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Senator King, Scott served as Deputy Press Secretary to King's Predecessor, U.S Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME). As Press  Secretary developes messaging strategies, frames, policy for public consumption, and acts as a liaison to national and maine media. At Bowdoin, Scott double majored in history and goverment. 

How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for your current career?

Studying history at Bowdoin laid a strong foundation for my entrance into media relations and public policy. The analytical and writing skills I developed are tremendously valuable in my daily work, particularly in drafting press releases and op-eds, conversing with reporters, and analyzing complex policy initiatives. Perhaps most importantly, though, the history major provided me with an understanding of the past and an appreciation for how it not only shaped the present, but how it can also inform the future. As Mark Twain said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

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Caitlin Beach '10

Caitlin Beach '10

Caitlin is currently a PhD canidate in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where she studies 19th and early 20th cenutry American art. At Bowdoin, she double majored in history and art history. 

How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for you current career? 

Studying history at Bowdoin provided valuable preparation for graduate school in the humanities in terms of building research and writing skills, as well as in learning how to analyze sources and ask questions with rigor and creativity. Course I took in United States and environmental history places a strong emphasis on interdiciplinary thinking and research, and helped significantly in developing my present interests in art history.

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Emily Guerin '09

Emily Guerin '09

Emily is a reporter at The Forecaster, a weekly newspaper in greater Portland, Maine. Previously, she led wilderness trips, taught environmental education and interned at Living on Earth, a public radio show about science and the environment. She majored in History and Environmental Studies.

How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for your current career?

Being a history major arguably prepared me better for my current job as a reporter than just about anything else I could have studied in college. The ability to interpret primary sources ("documents" in journalism speak), identify and flush out themes in current events, and ask questions are all skills I learned at Bowdoin, but apply to my daily work. Studying history also trained me to think critically about the way events are covered in the media and to look for biases in my and others' reporting.

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Wallace Scot McFarlane '09

Wallace Scot McFarlane '09

Wallace currently teaches history and writing to GED and alternative high school students at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. In his free time, Scot can be found fishing on the rivers of hte Willamette Valley, contemplating future history and research projects. 

How was a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for you current career? 

I learned the truth behind the teacher's cliche, "there is no such thing as a stupid question." If my students are asking questions and more questions about the world around them, then my lesson plan for that day succeeded. The hope is that they carry those same habits of mind with them as they go through life, whether they end up studying Joshua Chamberlain's diary or a mortgage contract. The other benefit of studying history at Bowdoin comes from its emphasis on perspective: It is context and complexity, not easy solutions, that guide my understanding of the challenges my students face on a daily basis. As for myself, I appreciate the concept of contingency. Sometimes everything can go wrong at once, and the best thing I can do for my career is to laugh and learn from my mistakes.

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Bryant Rich '06

Bryant Rich '06

Bryant is about to start his second year of his MBA program at Georgetown. Prior to school, he spent six years as a credit analyst at UBS Investment Bank.

How did your history degree influence your career?

When I interviewed for that job an interviewer came right out and said that I was not qualified for the job because I did not major in finance or accounting. I asked her how she spent her day and she said that she actually spent much of her time reading securities filings. Of course, once I actually started working my ability to read large quantities of reports quickly was a major asset. My writing skills helped, too. I was able to work much more quickly than others and the accounting and finance were the easiest things to pick up on the job. This past summer I was a fixed income analyst at an institutional investment firm. My supervisor praised me for my ability to research independently, among other things; a skill I learned from my history course work.

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Alison Flint '05

Alison is currently a senior associate attorney at the Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice, an environmental, non-profit law firm. She represents other environmental organizations and Indian tribes in litigation seeking to protect the crown jewels of our western public lands from threats including oil and gas development, hard-rock mining, climate change, and off-road vehicles. Before beginning law school at the University of Colorado, she worked for a small land trust in New Hampshire. Throughout law school, she worked for a variety of environmental advocacy organizations and federal land management agencies, and served as a research assistant to Charles Wilkinson, conducting significant historical research for his book, The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon.

How has a history degree from Bowdoin prepared you for your current career?

The analytical, research, and writing skills I developed at Bowdoin provided critically important building blocks for my legal career. In addition, my understanding of American History generally, and the historical interactions of humans and the environment specifically, has made me a more effective advocate for environmental and natural resources protection. My cases often involve the legacy of past human relationships with the environment and the laws that developed as a result of those relationships, and understanding that historical context has proven invaluable in many instances.

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