The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

History Program Events

April 20 – Alumni Career Event sponsored by the PhD Program in History

Ever wonder how our alumni got that job? Please join us on April 20th from 3-5 pm in the History lounge to find out at our Alumni Career Event! The following alumni will discuss their employment journeys:

Hilary A. Hallett is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars, NYPL, and an associate professor in the history department at Columbia University. She was previously an assistant professor in the American Studies Dept at Rutgers, New Brunswick.  Her first book was Go West, Young Women! The Rise of Early Hollywood (University of California Press, 2013).  While on fellowship Hilary is currently completing her second book, The Siren Within: Elinor Glyn and the Invention of Glamour (under contract with Liveright-Norton).


Cindy Lobel (PhD 2003) is an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College.  Prior to joining the faculty at Lehman in 2006, Cindy held two one-year visiting Assistant Professor positions, one at Barnard College and the other at Connecticut College.  She also held the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society (now the Hench post-dissertation fellowship) in 2004-05.  In addition to teaching at Lehman, Cindy teaches regularly in the Macaulay Honors College and the MALS program at the Graduate Center.  While a student at the Graduate Center, Cindy adjuncted at Baruch College, Hunter College and City College and for many years led historic walking tours of New York City with Big Onion Walking Tours.

Jacob Kramer (PhD 2006) is an Associate Professor of History at Borough of Manhattan Community College.  He is the author of The New Freedom and the Radicals: Woodrow Wilson, Progressive Views of Radicalism, and the Origins of Repressive Tolerance, published by Temple University Press in 2015. He was featured in the Member Spotlight section of the AHA’s website in 2016 –

Megan Elias graduated in 2003 and that same year started a tenure track position at Queensborough Community College, where she had been a Writing Fellow. She was tenured and promoted in 2008. In 2010 she became a co-director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at QCC. She left QCC in 2014 to become Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at BMCC. In April 2016, I left BMCC to become the Director of Online Courses for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She also taught an online course for CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and an in-person course at the New School.



Scott Gac (PhD 2003) enjoyed a two-year post-doctorate position at Yale University and interviewed for many jobs. In 2005, he launched a triathlon coaching and personal training business and all but quit the historical profession. The publication of his first book, Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Culture of Reform (Yale, 2007), proved to be his Mafia moment. You can try to leave, but History will always find a way to get you back. He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College in 2008 and began there as an Assistant Professor of American Studies and History in 2009. Scott has published in a variety of journals, such as the New England Quarterly, Reviews in American History, and Rethinking History, and currently directs the graduate and undergraduate programs in American Studies. In the past five years, he has chaired three tenure-track searches in American Studies and History (that’s more than 900 applications!) in addition to filling a variety of temporary teaching positions at Trinity. The renowned Rose Ensemble in Minneapolis recently created a stage production based on his first book. His next, Born in Blood: How Americans Mobilized the Government, Armed Citizens, and Made the Nation Violent is due out in his words “….well….let’s hope that it is sometime soon.”

If interested, please RSVP to Marilyn Weber,,  by April 17th