Putting your PhD/MA to Work in the Federal Government

Date(s) - 04/09/2014
4:15 pm - 7:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room C202

There are many ways a graduate degree translates in the non-academic “real world.” Join two historians from the U.S. Department of State as they discuss their own career trajectories and work within the Office of the Historian; how the skills and experience gained from graduate-level training translate outside of academia; life as a federal historian; how to search for and apply to jobs in the federal government; skills/tips for maintaining relevancy to the job market, and more.

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Speaker bios:

Joshua Botts joined the Office of the Historian in August 2010 as a historian in the Special Projects Division. From 2011-2013, he was the principal researcher and author for the recently published study Toward “Thorough, Accurate, and Reliable”: A History of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series.  He is now completing research for the Foreign Relations volume on national security policy, 1981-1984.

Before joining the Office of the Historian, Josh earned his PhD at the University of Virginia. His dissertation examined the formation and transformation of neoconservative strategic culture during and immediately after the Cold War. He taught a variety of lecture courses and research seminars at the University of Virginia and at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. He has published in scholarly journals and encyclopedias and served as a book reviewer for H-Diplo.

Lindsay Krasnoff joined the Office of the Historian in 2008 as a member of the Special Projects Division.  Lindsay coordinates the Historical Briefing Program, serves on the Digital History Steering Committee, co-directs the office’s social media program, and works on public outreach initiatives.

Lindsay’s book, The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010, was published in January 2013 by Lexington Books. She remains active in the field of sports history through the Football Scholars Forum and The All-Rounder, writing articles, presenting at conferences, and contributing to sports- or French-focused blogs.

Lindsay has a PhD in History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (2009), an M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from New York University (2002), and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University (1999).

While pursuing her graduate degrees in New York, Lindsay worked in publishing, media, and communications. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked in international business in Washington, D.C. Lindsay is a member of the Overseas Press Club, serving as a judge for its annual awards competition, and the North American Society for Sports History, where she sits on the IT Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research.

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