Scholarly Recognition, Placement Information

In the News

Claire Herhold and Matt Penix have each been awarded 2019 WMU Graduate College Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Awards and Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships. For more updates on our graduates, be sure to visit our news page. A full roster of Graduate Student Activities dating back to 2010 is available on the Graduate Research webpage.

International Research and Major University Awards

While studying at WMU, numerous history graduate students have received prestigious Fulbright grants or other fellowships and awards to undertake archival research in Britain, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Italy, Peru, Liberia and the United States. Most recently, Peter Dobek received several international awards that facilitated his research in Poland.

In the last decade, graduate students in the Department of History at Western Michigan University have won:

  • Seven Fulbright research fellowships
  • Six All-University awards for teaching and research
  • Seven Dissertation Completion fellowships

Placement data

A searchable directory of all Ph.D. students who have graduated from WMU may be found at the American Historical Association website. This lists the name, dissertation title, advisor, and year the Ph.D. was awarded.

At the AHA website, one may view the 2004-2013 profile and placement statistics of WMU doctoral graduates and compare it with those of other universities regionally and nationally. Under "PhD-Granting Institution" select Western Michigan University.  

The department has graduated 32 doctoral students since 1997 and has career information on all of them. Of those (78 percent) have positions as college or university faculty or public history professionals. Of those who graduated before 2008 and have had the opportunity to establish themselves in a difficult job market, 94.4 percent are employed as college or university faculty or public history professionals. Between 2008 and 2014, the department graduated 59 M.A. students. For the 50.8 percent whom we have career information on, 46.6 percent are pursuing or have completed doctoral degrees at institutions like UCLA, USC, Syracuse University, University of Minnesota, Tulane University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Notre Dame and Columbia University. Another 53.4 percent are employed in positions for which their M.A. training was the primary condition of employment

Between 2008 and 2014, the department graduated 59 M.A. students. For the 50.8 percent whom we have career information on, 46.6 percent are pursuing doctoral degrees at places like UCLA, USC, Syracuse, University of Minnesota, Tulane University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Notre Dame and Columbia University. Another 53.4 percent are employed in positions for which their M.A. training was the primary condition of employment.