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Andrew Barbero

M.A., 2011; Ph.D. Candidate

Andrew Barbero (M.A., 2011; Ph.D. candidate) won a national teaching excellence award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Barbero has been teaching at Pensacola State College (Florida) since 2016. He is completing a dissertation entitled “Cold War Hoosiers: ...read full profile >>

Kaitlinn Bormann

B.S. 2018

Kaitlinn Bormann (History Education) graduated from SIU in May of 2018 and is currently teaching eighth grade US history at a school in Memphis, Tennessee, while working on her Master's degree through Memphis Teacher Residency. She will graduate with a Master's in Urban Education in May of 2019, ...read full profile >>

Nathaniel Davis

Nathaniel A. Davis is the Country Director of American Councils for International Education in Turkey, based in the Aegean city of Izmir. He overseas the EducationUSA advising center, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Nathaniel also currently supervises ...read full profile >>

Francesca Gambler

Ph.D. 2010

Francesca Gamber (Ph.D. 2010) lives in Baltimore, where she has worked in nonprofits, higher education, and K-12 education for the past fifteen years. In 2015, she became the founding head of school at Bard High School Early College Baltimore, a public school where students can graduate with both a high school ...read full profile >>

Jon Gorgosz

Ph.D. 2018

Jon Gorgosz is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at DeVry University. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Studies along with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2018. Dr. Gorgosz lives in the Chicago area, and he primarily teaches ...read full profile >>

Margaret McKinney

B.A. 2016

Margaret McKinney is a trader assistant at Wells Fargo Advisors. She provides financial advisors with guidance regarding fixed income rates, structures, and selecting appropriate fixed income investments to meet their client's needs. Margaret provides support with bids and offers while solving trade ...read full profile >>

Zach Myers

B.A. 2018

Zach Myers (History Major, Africana Studies Minor) is teaching U.S. History at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, TN with an "awesome group of 11th graders." He is also completing his masters in Urban Education from Union University. Zach writes: "Teaching has been my goal for a large chunk of ...read full profile >>

Nate Pedigo

Ph.D. 2015

Nate Pedigo currently works as a grant writer at Food Lifeline in Seattle, WA. He completed his dissertation, "The Struggle for Terroir in French Algeria: Land, Wine, and Contested Identity in the French Empire" in 2015. About his studies in History he writes: "The intellectually stimulating faculty ...read full profile >>

Andrew Volpert

B.A. 1997; M.A., 2000

Andy Volpert (B.A.) in History Education in 1997; M.A. in History and Community College Teaching in 2000) is currently the Social Studies Department Chair at Springfield Southeast High School. While at SIU, Volpert won both the John Leason Scholarship for outstanding history education student and the Stanley Zucker ...read full profile >>