Spring 2014 Alumni Update
We are proud of all of our alumni!
While at Denison my primary academic interest was History, but I also spent considerable time in courses in Philosophy, Music Performance, and Political Science. Within the History department my focus was split between study of East Asia and Medieval Europe, the latter being the broader subject area of my senior thesis. More narrowly, my year of research was spent comparatively analyzing two post-plague popular uprisings: (1) the revolt of workers and urban poor in Florence, Italy (1378-1382); and (2) the uprising of peasants and other middling folk in the countryside north of Paris (1368). I am currently a student at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in southwestern Virginia.
Brian Mason was a history and economics double major at Denison. His senior research was on early American settlers' perceptions of Native Americans as demonic. After graduation, Brian worked as an Assistant Football Coach at Bluffton University for three years, coaching Defensive Line. He also earned a high school social studies teaching certificate and masters of arts in education from Bluffton. He served as a Defensive Assistant at Kent State University, coaching Defensive Ends. Brian is currently at Purdue University as a Defensive Assistant, assisting with the Defensive Line and Special Teams.
Abdi Ali, who graduated with a history major in 2013, received the President's Medal and the Distinguished Leadership Award. He received a Davis Project For Peace Grant to travel to rural Ethiopia to work with women and young girls who suffer from childbirth injuries. Ali plans to work for Massachusetts General Hospital after he returns from Ethiopia.
Daphne J. Martin
I currently work for City Year. City Year is an education non-profit that wholly focuses on combating the national high school dropout crisis in the nation's lowest performance elementary and high schoolers through one on one intervention in the areas of attendance, behavior and course performance. I currently serve at the Deneen School of Excellence on Chicago's south side, working with 6th graders in English and Social Studies. By mentoring and tutoring low performing students, I cater to the holistic needs of the students that I have the privilege to serve every day. Whether I'm calling home to encourage a student to come to school or helping some of my students to better understand the consequences of their classroom behavior, I am impacting my students, while encouraging them to develop the necessary skills to be successful, both in and outside of the classroom.
My name is Kate Waggoner, I am from Maumee, Ohio, and during my four years at Denison, I have been involved in the History Department as a Senior Fellow and as Phi Alpha Theta’s president for the 2012-2013 school year. I completed a senior thesis entitled “Describing the ‘Other’: Common Characterizations of Muslims in Medieval Pilgrimage Narratives.” Next year, I will be attending the University of Michigan in order to obtain a Ph.D. in Medieval European History. I am confident that the training I have received from Denison’s history faculty in researching, writing, and critical analysis will serve me well during this next phase in my academic career.
John Houston Payne
John Houston Payne Class of 2010 @ Denison University Graduate Work: I am currently in the history cohort of the Masters of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. My M.A. thesis, on the changing contours of historiography on Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War, will be completed in June of 2013. In terms of future graduate work, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in either history or political science, focusing on U.S.-Soviet relations during the post-war period.
Anna Brawley '06, graduated from Denison with a degree in history, focusing on modern Europe and the First World War. She was also involved with theatre department productions, Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Denison Religious Understanding. Originally from Columbus Ohio, she earned a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and worked in Chicago. She decided to change careers and returned to school for a master's degree in urban planning from Cornell University. After graduation she accepted a job in Anchorage, Alaska and works as an associate with Agnew::Beck Consulting, a firm specializing in planning, community development, public health and communications. She enjoys living in Alaska and communing with the local moose population (at a safe distance). 123TEST123