Department Of History


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Victoria Watson (2016) is currently working as an Administrative Assistant for the Boys and Girls Club in Mobile, Alabama and applying to graduate programs in history. Her senior research project looked at the role of New Orleans jazz venues in resistance to racial and societal boundaries during from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Jacob Deitz (2015) recently earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Northern Arizona University, finishing with a 4.0 GPA! He will be working for Republic Services as an Accelerated General Manager Trainee. Republic Services is the second largest provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling, and energy services in the United States. The position is a two-year rotation through various business units that concludes with an appointment as general manager of a plant. Jacob notes that his history degree from Xavier “helped me be one of the better communicators, both oral and written, in the [MBA] program” and that he used the historical research methods and skills “learned at Xavier” in almost all of his business classes.

Tiera Harris (2015) is currently working on her Master’s Degree at Louisiana Tech University in U.S. History, focusing on Old Southern and Louisiana History. She plans to work as a graduate teaching assistant in the spring of 2018 and her expected graduation date is May 2019. 

Evan Pipion (2014) was selected while at Xavier for the prestigious UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Evan participated in the Summer Institute at Emory University and received semester and summer stipends to assist with research costs and graduate school preparation. The program, intended for those planning to pursue a Ph.D., helps prepare students for the challenges of graduate school by providing opportunities to sharpen their research, writing and presentation skills, and gain a better appreciation of scholarly research. He notes: Xavier provided the perfect space as a history major because of the rich history of the city of New Orleans. To learn from a great faculty helped me become more confident about looking ahead. As a history major I was able to learn and understanding the world around me. . . The world is a fascinating place. . .

Jeremy Montgomery (2012) recently completed a Master’s in History at Mississippi State University and is applying to Ph.D. programs.

Farai Caldwell (2011) received a J.D. from Loyola University in 2013 and served as a summer intern at the United States Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. He presented a talk and hosted a discussion on youth and political involvement at the U.S. Embassy in Harare on July 6, 2012. He has transitioned into work as a fiction writer and is the author of Black Kids, Mommy and Daddy Met at XULA, and, Tolani’s Hair. Caldwell is also a member of the 2015 Forty under Forty Class of Honorees!

Christopher Bordenave (2008) received his J.D. from Ohio State University in 2012. He is currently an associate in the Real Estate group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He focuses on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and financing transactions for real estate funds, financial institutes and sophisticated investors. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Bordenave handled commercial real estate acquisitions in a variety of states. He writes: A history degree creates a formidable foundation for students entering law school. The rigorous reading requirements are analogous to law school courses. Professors in the History Department passionately push students to reach new heights of academic success.

K.T. Ewing, Ph.D (2004) received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis in 2014. She writes about the influence the Xaiver History Department had on her career choice: Drs. Elizabeth Hemenway and Wendy Gaudin helped me see myself as a historian when I was only a carefree undergraduate. One of my most memorable semesters included taking Dr. Hemenway’s World History class. Every week she would hand back my paper with a note that generally read, “And this is why you should be a history major.” She was so persistent that I eventually agreed. Changing majors led me to enroll in Dr. Gaudin’s African American History courses. Dr. Gaudin became a trusted mentor and, eventually, a good friend. Xavier nurtured my growth as an academic and, more importantly, as a well-rounded member of society. In October 2004, Zora Neale Hurtson biographer Valerie Boyd visited Xavier. She was the first person to tell me I should write biographies of black women. That advice planted the seeds for my future academic writing interests.

Worth Kamili Hayes, Ph.D. (2004) received a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Tuskegee University. His research focuses on the understudied, yet critical role of Black private schools in post-World War American educational history. His current project examines community activism among a “community of activists” in Black Power era Chicago.

Andolyn (Brown) Harrison, Ph.D. (1971) writes: Having studied History at Xavier under Dr. Welch, Dr. Andolyn (Brown) Harrison (’71) recognized early in the process that knowing the past helps to understand the future, and can in fact, impact how best to work with, teach and counsel people. She taught Social Studies/History for awhile in the place where she was born and raised -Augusta, Georgia- both at the public school and collegiate levels. Skills acquired teaching led to the desire to pursue the Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Fort Valley State University and the Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and Management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Positions held range from Counselor, Developmental Education Department, Bowling Green State University;  Social Science Advisor, Women’s Bureau, United States Department of Labor; Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Wilberforce University –Wilberforce, Ohio; Head, Department of Educational Leadership, Director of the Doctoral Program in Developmental Education, Director of the Campus-Wide Comprehensive Counseling Center, and Dean of the College Of Education – all at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.  She currently serves as Professor of Educational Leadership at Grambling State where she teaches and advises Master’s and Doctoral Students. Understanding the past led to tremendous experiences and endeavors throughout her career….all attributed to the teaching and learning experiences gained through learning about historical facts and events in the Department of History at Xavier University. 

What Are You Doing Now, Xavier Alumni?

"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." - Martin Luther King Jr.



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