How did Grove City College’s emphasis on Christian faith shape your education while you were at school?
Grove City College attracts students who come from a range of church backgrounds and theological traditions: Protestants, Roman Catholics, and evangelicals. The College’s commitment to academic excellence within an orthodox Christian framework of beliefs and community life created opportunities for me to develop deep friendships with like-minded fellow students. These relationships enhanced what I learned in the classroom and enriched my understanding of the body of Christ’s unity in its diversity.
How did your relationships with faculty challenge you while you were at Grove City College?
The faculty members whom I studied under at Grove City College set high academic expectations for their students, both in terms of the amount of preparation that was required for lectures and in their standards for assessing written work. The faculty also made a correspondingly high level of commitment to their students, making themselves available to meet with students regarding their academic and career goals and getting to know them on a personal basis.
How did your experiences at Grove City College prepare you for your present vocation?
My undergraduate education at Grove City College prepared me well for a number of different career paths. After I completed an internship in the Bureau of Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in academic research and higher education. The foundational academic skills that I developed at Grove City College enabled me to earn a full Ph.D. scholarship to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and research grants to Tübingen University in Germany and Princeton Theological Seminary. I am currently working as a research historian on the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos project that is based at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Why did you study history and how has that decision shaped your life?
I chose to study history at the College because I had long felt a strong personal desire to learn more about Christianity and European history. During my graduate studies, I became more specifically interested in the German Protestant experience of modernity and I wrote my dissertation on the “Awakening movement” in the early decades of the 19th century. I am currently interested in researching German Protestants experiences within the National Socialist totalitarian state during the Second World War. My initial decision to study history as an undergraduate has led to opportunities to live and travel abroad and pursue a career that I find immensely rewarding and enjoyable.