Kristen Epps, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, University of Central Arkansas
"I feel like KU did an excellent job of preparing me for life on the tenure track."
Advice for current students: "Take the time to care for your mental and physical health. Take a long walk, clear your mind, and treasure your time in graduate school. Even on the days where you feel overwhelmed."
Francis Park, Ph.D.
"I came to the History Department from 14 months in Afghanistan as the lead campaign planner for the 101st Airborne Division. In coursework and dissertation work, I knew there'd be plenty of reading, writing, and most importantly, thinking about the historian's trade. What I didn’t expect was the detailed preparation that doctoral work became for my current duties at the Pentagon, where I oversee a team of strategy writers to lay out the future institutional direction for the Army.
My preparation at KU has been invaluable in preparing strategy, position papers, speeches, congressional testimony, and even coordinating a conference for the Chief of Staff of the Army and his Air Force counterpart. It also provided me background enough to illustrate vignettes and dispel misconceptions about the Army’s roles, missions, and history. As a recent doctoral candidate, I’ve been a consultant on the Army’s own programs for selecting strategists for doctoral work. While there are certainly differences between the period in my dissertation and now, the nature of the problems are still the same. Applying historical tradecraft, whether written or spoken, has helped me inform the Army’s senior leadership as they redirect the Army beyond Iraq and Afghanistan."
Christopher White, Ph.D.
"I began teaching history at Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 2006 and was awarded tenure in 2012. I teach courses on Latin America, the Developing World, the Drug Wars, and US Foreign Policy, and I serve as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Latin American Studies minor. I have taken groups of Marshall students to Central America and Mexico 7 times for historical tours and to conduct interviews with former rebels and soldiers. I also just finished a sabbatical that helped me complete my third book, A Global History of the Developing World, with Routledge Press.
I cannot express how well KU’s graduate program in History prepared me to be successful in my current position. From the rigorous scholarly training to the multiple and varied teaching opportunities I was given as a graduate student, I feel very fortunate to have my History doctorate from KU."