Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thomas Faith

Meet Alumnus Thomas Faith

When I started as a freshman at Temple University, I had an interest in history but was planning to earn a degree in biology. I took History of the World Economy Since 1945 with Dr. Arthur Schmidt my first semester, loved the coursework, and decided to pursue history as a career in the year that followed. I consider myself fortunate that I was able to experience so many great history courses and instructors at Temple while earning my degree.

I decided to enter the PhD program at George Washington University after I graduated in 2001, and was amazed at the experiences that are available to history grad students. I interned with the Army Center of Military History during the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, worked at the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers document editing project, briefly returned to Philadelphia as a research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and got to perform historical research at repositories across the Washington, DC area.

In 2005 I became the history and political science teacher at the U.S. House of Representatives Page Program School on Capitol Hill, and I remained on staff after I earned my Ph.D. in 2008. I enjoyed the sense of mission I felt doing historical work in federal service so, after a career setback when the Page Program ended in 2011, I became a historian at the Department of State. Now I edit historically significant foreign policy documents for the Foreign Relations of the United States series, and I recently published my first book, Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace. I am very grateful that my years as an undergraduate at Temple helped me to decide to build a career in history.


Meet Alumnus Jake Callahan: Development Producer, NBC Universal

For over a decade I’ve had the great pleasure of working in the television industry as a creative producer, developing original programming for the Military Channel, NFL Network, HBO, NBC Sports, CNBC and CNBC Europe.  Today I do the primary amount of my work for CNBC as a news producer, which appears in over 400-million homes worldwide.   While the broadcast and media industry are extremely competitive, my degree in history has helped me excel in this field over the last decade.  Studying history taught me invaluable research and writing skills that I use on a daily basis as a news producer.  Learning the trademark skills of historians has been and will continue to be instrumental in my career in television and entertainment.