Ma Sha is head of the bioprocess application labs at Eppendorf, a biotech company that develops products for laboratories around the world. He earned his PhD from the biochemistry program at the Graduate Center.
Jonathan Hill is an Excelsior Fellow in the policy and planning department at the New York State department of transportation. Jonathan earned his PhD in history at the Graduate Center in 2018. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jon tells us about the joys of using research skills to make an impact on civic infrastructure; the surprising benefits of asking quote-unquote stupid questions; and how to negotiate the changing terms of your professional identity when you carry your PhD to work outside the ivory tower.
Richard Ocejo is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He earned his PhD at the Graduate Center in 2009. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Richard talks about what it’s like to make the career jump from graduate school to a tenure-track position, how to think about your professional development over the course of your PhD studies, his top tips to help you stand out on the academic job market, and how to hack your productivity in any job—whether it’s academic or non-academic.
Jeff Diamant is Senior Writer and Editor at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in History from the Graduate Center in 2016. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jeff talks with us about the academic and journalistic environment at Pew, and the most helpful skills he learned while at the Graduate Center.
Michelle Fisher is assistant curator in the department of European Decorative Art and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When this interview was recorded, she was curatorial assistant in MOMA's Architecture and Design department. She is currently finishing her PhD in the Graduate Center's Art History Program. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Michelle speaks with us about life as a curator, her ongoing investment in academia, and the satisfying ways in which working for a museum blends her research, teaching, and design skills in educating diverse audiences.
Ben Zweig and Jonathan DeBusk are alumni of the Graduate Center's PhD Programs in Economics and Sociology, respectively. Both now work at IBM. Ben is a managing data scientist, and Jonathan is a senior managing strategy consultant. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ben and Jonathan explain what their jobs look like on a typical work week. They also give practical advice to those who are considering using their data skills in a corporate environment.
Yoni Reinberg is chief technology officer and web developer at Social Ink, a Brooklyn-based web design and development startup that serves educational, artistic, and purpose-driven nonprofit institutions. Yoni is a graduate of the Anthropology PhD Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Yoni tells us why his dissertation allowed him to explore social problems that led to starting a business; how he began freelancing while he was still in graduate school; and how his research and teaching skills benefit him today as an entrepreneur.
Vanessa Burrows is a historian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a graduate of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Vanessa discusses her job search process, the skills she uses in her work, and the rewards of being a civil servant. Vanessa found her experience conducting research with federal records in the National Archives and the Library of Congress to be a critical qualification for her current position, and that work afforded skills and familiarity with records that she now calls on frequently in her daily work.
Cait Field is the Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development within the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She graduated from the Psychology PhD Program at the Graduate Center with a concentration in Behavioral Neurobiology. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Cait tells us about getting her job while finishing the dissertation, working with researchers in the city government, and the lessons she's learned from transferring her skills to her new career.
Kara Alaimo is a global public relations consultant and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Kara talks about her transition from international politics to academia, and how being able to engage audiences outside of academia yields unexpected rewards.
Susan Tsang is an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) policy fellow placed in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is a graduate of the Biology PhD Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Susan tells us about the specifics of applying to the AAAS fellowship and what it's like working as a scientist on policy for the federal government.
Sara Remedios is an Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic and Learning Initiatives at Columbia University School of General Studies. She is a graduate of the PhD Program in English at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Sara shares her journey from the GC into student services at Columbia. She also explains the benefits of joining admin for graduates who want to stay close to academia.
Jessica Sperling is Manager of Evaluation & Engagement at Duke's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi). She received her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jessica shares her advice for entering into the world of evaluation. She also shares her experiences with the academic versus non-academic job market.
Suzanna Goldblatt Clark is a user experience researcher at multinational software company Adobe, and is finishing her PhD in Anthropology at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Zan talks about transitioning into the technology sector, the advantages of having an academic background, and how the teaching and research skills she honed at the GC have made her uniquely valuable to her company.
Ivo Vigan is a computer programmer and research analyst at Bloomberg LP, a financial software and media company based in New York. Ivo earned his PhD in Computer Science at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ivo talks about running his own startup as a student, how life in the private sector can be surprisingly similar to life in academia, and how his PhD gives him key skills to create value at his new company.
When this interview was recorded, Janette Yarwood worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she was Chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies program at the Foreign Service Institute. Janette earned her PhD in Anthropology at the Graduate Center.
Allison de Cerreno has a PhD in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. She now works as Assistant Director for Policy and Business Programs in the Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Alumni Aloud is made by Graduate Center students for Graduate Center students. Each episode features a personal interview with a GC alum in which they talk about their journey from the Graduate Center to their current career.