What do international studies majors do after Denison?
Students who majored in international studies have gone on to many different careers. The following is a sampling of what some recent graduates are doing:
- Mary Ann (Miller) Bates spent the year after she graduated in Bern, Switzerland, on a Fulbright research fellowship, studying the historical context of Amish separatism. Her weekly newspaper column was recently published in book form, CH is for Chocolate: Individually Wrapped Tastes of Switzerland. She taught English at the Amman Baccalaureate School in Amman, Jordan. She received a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is now a policy manager for J-PAL, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.
- Miranda Bodfish manages a citizenship preparation program at a small non-profit for low-income immigrants and refugees in Seattle.
- Sara Cahill taught English in a small elementary school near Seville. She is now an Ensign in the Coast Guard stationed in Norfolk, VA, where her primary job is foreign vessel inspections.
- Lauren Campbell is supervisor in a department within the sales division of a distributor of industrial supplies in Cleveland. She is also pursuing a graduate degree in higher education administration.
- Sasha Chetyrkina is office manager for a Chicago based organization that supports eduction, health and development among poor communities in Peru.
- Kim Cochran teaches high school Spanish at a low-income school in Charlotte, NC, through Teach For America.
- Meghan Duffy is a Peace Corps volunteer in Chimoio, Mozambique.
- Lakshika Senarath-Gamage is a PhD Student in Southeast Asian Art at UCLA. She completed a MA in Southeast Asian Art at Northern Illinois University in 2010, and has taught art history in Sri Lanka.
- Sarah Grundahl worked for two years at the Save Darfur Coalition, and then spent a year in East Africa, volunteering with several NGOs in Uganda and Kenya. She is currently working for Oxfam in Washington, DC.
- Jennifer Hart is Assistant Professor of Modern African History at Wayne State University. She completed her PhD in African History (with minors in Comparative Colonial History and African Studies) at Indiana University-Bloomington in 2012. She spent a year in Accra, Ghana, on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, conducting dissertation research on the social and cultural history of urban transportation in Accra. In 2010-11 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Goshen College.
- Jenny Lacey did graduate studies in International Affairs at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, where she also worked for a nuclear nonproliferation research consultancy. She now lives in Washington, DC, where she works under a contract in support of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.
- Marisa Lopes works through Americorps with a non-profit organization called Friends of the Children—Boston.
- Christy Rhodes Machak did an M.A. in Security Policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC, after which she joined the State Department, where she is a Foreign Service Officer. After a tour in Berlin she is now serving in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
- Sia Moua is in Mauritania with the Peace Corps.
- Jessamyn Schmidt teaches ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Southern Maine as well as at Portland Adult Education. She teaches "business English" to immigrants and refugees, to help prepare them to enter the job force. She also continues to perform and teach dance.
- Lindsey Wood recently finished a MS in Natural Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a focus on environmental education and sustainability. Her thesis is titled: "Sustainble Community Development: Case Studies from India and Kenya."