What Do I Do with a History Degree?

After graduating with a degree in History from Trinity College, our alumni have distinguished themselves in many extraordinary careers and life experiences in the U.S. and abroad. Below is only a brief list of Trinity History Department majors and their work during the last 50 years, including careers at the highest levels of academic administration, journalism, historical research and teaching, law, finance, banking, public relations, social work, real estate development, and U.S. government service, nationally and internationally. The life experiences of the Trinity History alumni illustrates that with this major you can do just about anything!

Charles H. McGill III ´63: He earned an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and is a nationally recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategic planning, restructuring, and negotiating.  He has significant industry experience in consumer products, restaurants and food service, and information services. He also served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Supply Corps.

John E. Lamphear, Jr. ’63: PhD in African History from the University of London, and currently Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin. In 2003 Dr. Lamphear published Sub-Saharan African Warfare with Routledge Press, and in 1996 he published Continuing Crisis in Rwanda and Burundi with Americana Annual, Grolier, Inc.

Paul Raether ’68: President of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College since 2004, with a distinguished career in U.S. finance and business. He oversees Kohlberg. Kravis, Roberts, & Co. three regional Portfolio Management Committees. He also serves as a member of the North American Private Equity Investment Committee. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Phillip Khoury, ’71: Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. During his deanship, he helped to maintain the national leadership of his school's doctoral programs,[citation needed] introduced new master's programs in Comparative Media Studies and Science Writing. He left the dean's office in 2006 to become Associate Provost responsible for overseeing MIT’s non-curricular arts programs and initiatives, including the MIT Museum and the List Visual Arts Center. He has served as a Trinity College Trustee.

Maud Hecker Purcell, ’72: Maud earned a Master’s degree in Social Work, is the founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution of Darien is and is Psychotherapist & Consultant. The mission of The Life Solution is providing collaborative community education, prevention, and multi-disciplinary answers to life’s problems. Its mission is to help people through life’s transitions by providing a network of professionals under one roof who are specially trained to address the whole person in multiple facets of his or her life.

Livia DeFilippis Barndollar, ’78: Graduated from New York University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law. Ms. DeFilippis is a Partner at DeFilippis Barndollar Law, LLC in West Port, Connecticut. She practices exclusively family law, representing parties and sometimes children in dissolution of marriage cases and some post judgment and appellate work. She has been Past President of the Connecticut Bar Association, a delegate to the American Bar Association, former director of the New England Bar Association, a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and an editor of the Family Advocate, a quarterly publication of the ABA Family Law Section.

Leslie Cooper Sillcox ’78: In 1984, Ms. Copper Sillcox  joined Goldman Sachs, becoming a partner in 1992. She became responsible for Goldman’s global technology efforts in 1994, was named a managing director in 1996, and became a member of the management committee in 1999. She retired in 2001 as the CIO. From 2004 to 2013, she served as chair and board member at Computers for Youth, a non-profit organization that helps low-income children do better in school by improving their home environment.

Alice M. O’Oconnor, ’80: Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D in History from Johns Hopkins University in 1991, and is the author of many books, including, Social Science for What?: Philanthropy and the Social Question in a World Turned Rightside Up (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007); and Poverty Knowledge: Social Science Social Policy and the Poor in 20th Century U.S. History (Princeton University Press, 2001).

Faraj Saghri, ’81: Faraj Saghri has been with J.P. Morgan for 25 years and is a Region Head and a member of the U.S. Private Bank's Operating Committee. He founded and currently manages the Private Bank’s Financial Sponsor Group.  The Group provides wealth management advice to partners in the private equity industry. Faraj joined J.P. Morgan’s heritage institution, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, in 1987. He also attended The University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Foreign Affairs.

Caroline Bailey, ’90: Self-Employed. Writes advertising and marketing communications--mostly print, web content & blogging--for a wide range of clients including: Wired magazine, TED, Li & Fung, Shiffman Mattresses, Aptsandlofts.com, MindsInSync, Vizeum, Meredith marketing, Svedka, AMC TV, Country Music Television, Syfy & more.

Scott C. Turner, ’91: Career officer with the U.S. Department of State.  He is currently Chief of the U.S. Mission to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication without distinction of race, sex, language or religion.

Shawn Wooden, ’91: Currently an Attorney with Day, Berry & Howard in Harford. Shawn did stints as the Connecticut State Director of Project Vote, a Washington, D.C.-based, nonpartisan voter-registration initiative, and as executive assistant to the Connecticut Commissioner of the Department of Social Services before heading to New York University to earn his law degree.

Deborah G.  Brown ’93: A Public Relations expert, Ms. Brown has been passionate about giving back to the community and has worked for many organizations including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Dallas Museum of Art League, and the Dallas Theater Center Guild. In 2008 she won the North Stars award for her community contributions and in 2009 received the Service Award from the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum for her communications work.

Peter Friedman ’94:  A Northwestern University Law School graduate, Peter is a specialist in bankruptcy law. He began his career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal, Manges in Washington, and later became a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. In May 2013 he was hired away from Cadwalader by O’Melveny & Myers. He was a volunteer in Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign and an intern in the White House.

Gillian Mueller, ‘97: Earned a master’s degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins University, and she served on Senator Hillary Clinton’s staff.  She is now a member of the staff of Senator Tom Casey of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania as an advisor on Veterans Affairs, Social Security and related public policy issues.

Anne-Marie Barlick, ’98: Chief Executive Officer, Codina Partners, the Coral Gables, a Florida real estate investment and development firm. A civic leader, Codina Barlick served as president of the Miami City Ballet from 2009 to 2011 and continues to serve as the ballet company’s chairperson. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Virginia W. Lacefield ’00: Currently an Academic Technology Specialist and Student Talent Manager with the Academic Technology Group at the University of Kentucky. Her primary areas of interest are human-technology interaction and computer-mediated communication, particularly in relation to instructional technology and online community development. A current project examines user experience and learning outcomes associated with the use of collaborative digital textbooks and adaptive learning systems.