Posts Categorized: Alumni

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Meet Alumnus Dan Kunze

I graduated from Temple in 2008 with Honors in History. Since then, I have successfully managed a Pennsylvania State House campaign. Graduated from law school while working full-time. Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Consulted and worked with chief information officers for Fortune 500 companies in the Washington, DC Metro area.

Currently, I manage a $10M business with 6 direct reports for the world’s leading technology research and advisory firm based in Tennessee and Kentucky. Additionally, I work as an officer in Cyber Operations for the U.S. Army responsible for supporting Asia Pacific.

In the future, I intend to enhance my education with an MBA and continue to gain greater responsibility leading larger, more complicated, and global organizations.

As I have learned, experienced, and developed, I have paid particular attention and pushed back strongly against those that say an education in liberal arts isn’t valuable and that you are setting yourself up for a life of poverty and limited career options. I have pushed back particularly hard against those that say an education in history isn’t valuable. As I’ve gained the benefit of time and perspective, I have learned that the skills developed through an education in history are becoming increasingly important and will yield greater opportunities in the coming years.

In the decades to come, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots will take away the need for basic technical skills in a variety of disciplines: finance, information technology, human resources, sales, marketing, supply chain, and legal will all be impacted by technology. We will continue to automate redundant processes and move human involvement higher in the value chain. Technical skills will be written into software and algorithms managed by technology and code executed by machines.

As this shift continues and accelerates, an education in history will become increasingly valuable. When humans become less responsible for technical skills, people will need the skills required to be successful in history, and more broadly, liberal arts. The need for deeper human empathy, leadership, and analytical skills will increase.

As momentum gains and digitalization of economies take place, history will be one of the best disciplines for creating deep awareness and context for what is happening around us.

You would do well to major in history. Change is coming, fast.

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Meet Amira Rose Davis: Temple Alumna Who Found Her Calling

In my junior year, I was selected to be a McNair Scholar and had the opportunity to work individually with Professors Young and Bryant Simon to conduct my own in-depth research project. Under their guidance, and with support from the McNair Program and the Russell Conwell Center, I developed a project on the historical representations of black athletes- an interest that would become the foundation for my graduate work a few years later.

I graduated from Temple in 2011 and immediately entered the PhD Program in History at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins I focused my research on race, gender, sports, and politics-building upon the work I had begun as a Temple Undergraduate and McNair Scholar. I successfully defended my dissertation and earned my PhD in 2016.

I am now an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University where I am working on my current book entitled, ‘Can’t Eat a Medal’: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow. I am so grateful for the support, guidance, and opportunities I had as a Temple Undergraduate- it provided a sturdy foundation on which I have built my career as a historian.

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Meet Olivia D’Aiutolo: Temple Alumna Dangerous with Flintlock

When I chose to major in history at the start of my undergraduate career, I was certain I would be going to law school and becoming a lawyer. When I changed my mind about that in my Olivia D'Aiutolo 1sophomore year, I knew I would stick with history because I loved it. I graduated from Temple in 2016 with a bachelor’s in history and a special foreign language certificate in Italian. I chose Italian because of my familial background and a desire to study abroad in Italy—which I did do in 2014.

A month after graduation, I moved to Newport News, VA, five minutes from Yorktown and twenty from Williamsburg. I applied for every job with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for which I could be qualified and obtained a postgraduate internship in development. I’ve gotten to be extremely involved in history despite working in development. In fact, I am writing this in my office in the St. George Tucker House, built in 1718, just off Palace Green.

Our division takes a day to engage in the activities that our visitors enjoy so that we may better convey information and relate to our donors. In September, I tested the new musket range, where I shot 18th century flintlock muskets and fowlers. That was one of the best experiences I’ve had here thus far—feeling the weight of the musket, trying to load it clumsily and slowly—because I felt closer to the part of history I focused on at Temple, the American Revolution.

In August 2017, I will be attending the College of William & Mary as a master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program with the hope of becoming an academic advisor. While I feel confident in this new direction, I won’t forget that studying history provided me with the skills and knowledge to get to this point. As a history student at Temple, I drastically improved my writing, research method, critical thinking, and historical understanding. I became significantly more organized, efficient, and detail-oriented. The only concern I’m left with after graduating from Temple is that I know Chicago format with my eyes closed—but in the School of Education at William & Mary, I will be writing almost exclusively in APA.


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.

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Meet Alumnus Nelson Boyle

Meet Nelson Boyle, Temple History ’97. Today, I’m a trial lawyer in Denver, Colorado, helping ordinary people. As a lawyer, I’ve won important appeals, received peer recognition, and served on boards of national and state trial lawyer associations.
I owe much of my professional success to the Temple History Department. Phil Evanson and the Latin American Studies Semester gave me more understanding of the world than I could explain in 300 words. Peter Gran taught me invaluable methods for systems analysis of modern nation states. Russ Weigley supported my love of America’s military past. Teshale Tibebu made me dig deep to try to understand the history of Southern Africa. Together, Temple history professors instilled in me rigorous research methods and critical thinking skills. These form the foundation of my professional life. As a lawyer representing ordinary people, I draw from my College of Liberal Arts education daily. Without CLA and Temple History, I would not succeed as a trial lawyer.

Photo Caption: Temple hat Montgomery after Selma March, March 21-25, 2015


Join former Temple students and faculty and Temple alumni at a special reception and lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Levitt, CLA ’91

Master’s and doctoral alumni from the Department of History are invited to a special reception and lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Levitt, CLA ’91.
Dr. Levitt is retiring from his post of librarian at the American Philosophical Society (APS) at the end of this year. APS is joining with Temple University—where he earned his doctoral degree and taught for many years—to honor his long and successful career as an educator and archivist.

Lecture: 6 p.m.: Privileging the Public in Public History
Dr. Morris J. Vogel, President of the Tenement Museum (New York)
The American Philosophical Society
Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut St., Philadelphia) Click here to RSVP


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Meet Alumna Jessica Gallant Louie

I earned my BA in History from Temple University in 2005, and my Masters in Secondary Education from Temple in 2006.  Currently I am a United States history teacher and Department Chair at Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia, PA.  While I chose the more traditional path of a history major, to become a teacher of history, my journey and experiences have been extraordinarily non-traditional.  As an undergrad at Temple, I first explored my passion for teaching history by participating in a Teach America History program.  Through this program I was able to go to an area middle school and teach students about the history of their neighborhood.  I came to realize that not only did I love history and historical research; I also loved to inspire students to get excited about history.  From there I applied to the exceptional five-year teacher certification program offered at Temple.  Because of this program I was able to begin my graduate courses in education as a junior in college, and to graduate with my M. Ed. just one year after receiving my BA in history.

I immediately began working as a social studies teacher for the School District of Philadelphia, which I did for four years in a neighborhood high school.  From there, my love of history and culture took me to Thailand for a year, where I taught English as a foreign language.  Because of my studies in cultural anthropology and world cultures at Temple, I always wanted to go abroad to experience a culture other than my own first-hand.  That year was one of the most meaningful years of my life, and I would not have done it without the curiosity and thirst for knowledge instilled in me as a student at Temple.  When I came back from Thailand, I began working at Olney Charter High School.  Because of the excellent preparation I received in both my undergraduate and graduate programs at Temple, I was considered for and awarded the position of Department Chair of the Social Studies & World Languages Department.  When I first began teaching, this was my ultimate professional goal.  I am proud and humbled to say that today, in my ninth year of teaching, I am living my dream.

I do not exaggerate when I say that my professional dream came true because of my time at Temple.  From the relationships I made at Temple, I have been able to form a partnership between the Temple History Department and my school.  My department continues to learn from the incredible and diverse staff of the Temple History Department.  The professors of history at Temple are truly amazing.  When I think back to the varied, rich, and challenging classes I took at Temple, I am so grateful.  I wholeheartedly believe that studying history at Temple cannot only whet your appetite for historical knowledge; it can also spark a lifelong curiosity of world events while preparing you for a career you love.


Jessica Gallant Louie

Social Studies & World Languages Department Chair

Olney Charter High School

Philadelphia, PA

October 2014


Meet Alumnus Jared Wheeler

Jared Wheeler graduated with a degree in History from Temple University in May of 2004.  He is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research and the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. He has written and contributed to several publications regarding the history of baseball, most notably, Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities of the Northeast the Established the Game (McFarland 2013). His research of the uniform was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in October of 2006, as well as in both their Baseball Book and Basketball Book. In the summer of 2009, as the Historian for Mitchell and Ness, he curated the exhibition Play Ball, The History of Baseball in Philadelphia, which was featured at the Betsy Ross House. He has advised several professional teams on their historical uniforms for current game use. His careers focus has been in the preservation of sport through the research and development of licensed apparel.

My career began in 2004, as the Historian/ Director of Research and Archives at the Mitchell and Ness Nostalgia Company in Philadelphia. It was there that I oversaw the research and development of the authentic jersey line. This consisted in the authentic reproduction of all MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL jerseys, jackets and caps. I also established and maintained a 2D and 3D research archive during my time there.

In August of 2013, I took the position of Sports Historian at ‘47 Brand in Boston, MA. Currently I oversee the research and development of historically based collections. This past summer we released Baseball United, a collection that tells the story of baseball during World War I and World War II through the use of fabrics, logos and looks.

What I love most about history is its ability to connect the past with the present. Everything has an origin and a past, which needs to be preserved and defined to the present and future generation. While at Temple, I was exposed to a program that supported my passion of sport history. The staff inspired me to carve out my own career in upholding the history of sport. The different resources that were made available through my Temple training broadened my career. I was able to find success in writing, curating, archiving and researching because of my training at Temple University. The big thing I took away from my time at Temple was the influence of my professors/advisors and their ability to provoke my passion and help me shape it into a career.

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Meet Jon Kohl, Class of 2013, History and Film/Media Arts double major

What better place to study American history than Philadelphia? During my time in Temple’s History program, I learned that this town is the place to immerse oneself – that Philadelphia itself is a microcosm of our nation and its past, present, and future. It is all there – and sprawling across a landscape of three and a half centuries, one need not look very hard. Such an inspirational learning environment led to opportunities I could never have anticipated.  Before long, I had supplemented my undergraduate coursework with a student-worker position at Temple’s very own Special Collections Research Center (better known as the Urban Archives). There, I was introduced to working in public history and archival preservation. I assisted researchers and handled audio-visual materials from the archives’ collections related to Philadelphia’s own rich history. From there, I became acquainted with the many research institutions across the city. Upon graduation, I joined a local filmmaking team, History Making Productions, to become a producer of their educational documentary film series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. This is a multi-part project for broadcast and broadband – the first of its kind – to tell Philadelphia’s history from the Lenni Lenape to the present. I specialize in graphic research and the gathering of archival images and footage for the series.

Temple’s History program shaped the path I was on; it allowed me to transform an introverted passion into a tangible livelihood. And in the same manner in which I believe that the past created the present that determines the future, I now understand how crucial it is to build a foundation on the assets of a university like Temple and a city like Philadelphia to create a future for oneself.

Jon Kohl

Associate Producer, History Making Productions

Temple University CLA Class of 2013

B.A. Film & Media Arts and History