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M.A. in History Alumni


Bill McGovern
2010, M.A., History

Currently: Assistant Professor, Akita International University, Japan

Bill McGovern

"I am an assistant professor in the Global Studies program at Akita
International University
in Akita, Japan. My research interests include social and intellectual history, the history of childhood, social reform, social networks, and the Civil War era. I received a B.A. in History, Philosophy, and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. in United States history from Duquesne University. In September of 2016, I will complete a Ph.D. in United States history from the University of California, San Diego.

"At Duquesne University, I was enrolled in the M.A. in History program
and advised by Elaine Parsons. The faculty provided me with a solid foundation to pursue a doctorate. Over the course of my studies I developed close intellectual and professional relationships that helped me gain admission to several well-respected doctoral programs. Under the direction of these faculty I produced my first academic conference paper and a master's thesis. Many of the courses I took influenced my long-term research interests.
My studies benefited from a generous graduate assistantship from the Department of History." Contact Bill!


Lisa Sydeski
2014, M.A., History

Currently: Social Studies Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School

Lisa Sydeski

"I am a Social Studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. I obtained my Bachelor's degree and Elementary/Secondary teaching certifications from St. Vincent College (1992) and my Master's degree in European History from Duquesne University (2014). The Duquesne Graduate History Program offered flexible evening classes. The program also offered the opportunity to increase the scope and depth of specific areas of historical content knowledge. The rigorous reading and writing provided a helpful guide to the historiography of modern European history. Duquesne University professors were knowledgeable, engaging and insightful in the classroom. The experience invigorated both the enthusiasm and expertise which transferred into the classroom. The professional relationships established through the MA program did not end after graduation, and, as a result, I was provided a unique opportunity to partner Thomas Jefferson High School with Duquesne University and develop a College in the High School Program. Junior and Senior Thomas Jefferson students can enroll in the courses "Shaping the Modern World" and/ or "Western Civilization II" to earn Duquesne college credits. The pioneering partnership established in 2015 allows students to tour campus, actively participate in a history lecture, and develop their historical research, thinking, and writing skills.

"I am an active member of the many professional organizations, including The College Board Advanced Placement European History Forum, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. In 2015, I received the George C. Oehlmer Teacher Excellence Award through the World Affairs Council for my educational leadership in providing international learning opportunities for her students. Every two years, I lead a group of students on an enrichment travel opportunities to various European countries. In 2014, my students travelled to France, Switzerland, and Italy; in 2016, my students travelled to Germany, France, Monaco and Spain." Contact Lisa!


Ben Goff 
2014, M.A., History

Currently: Ph.D. Student, Florida State University

Benjamin Goff"Prior to entering Duquesne's M.A. program, I had already received a B.A. in history, but I had been completely unaware of historiographical trends, as well as different methodologies used by historians. At Duquesne, I found that individually constructed, directed-readings courses, and large, thesis-length projects complemented the seminar experience and made for a personalized and collaborative learning experience. I also benefited from mentoring by several of the department's faculty members to prepare me for the next step: applying to a PhD program. My time at Duquesne was well spent since it helped me to not only teach history at the community college level but also to earn fellowships for doctoral study, which I am currently pursuing at Florida State University." Contact Ben!