Alumni Spotlight

A note from a former History Major:

Dawn Brock Crone, Class of 1992 - History Major and American Studies Minor 

My experience at the College of Charleston was life changing – with the help of many professors (most in the History Department), I was empowered to find my love of history. As a freshman, I was undecided and taking general courses when a history professor called me to his office to speak to me about a possible major in history. He said based on my classwork and classroom engagement, I would be an added asset to the department and would be successful in any future profession. I was overwhelmed with the recognition of my hard work. Many of the professors modeled professionalism but also kindness in the classroom and outside of the classroom. They have and continue to influence me in many ways.

Fast-forward 26 years…

My degree and life experience at the College of Charleston prepared me for life after college. My late husband was in the military and we lived in a variety of places such as Germany, Colorado, Oklahoma and Indiana. Having spent most of my life in Charleston, I successfully navigated these major changes. I volunteered at 2 museums; 11th Cavalry Museum Germany and the Ft. Sill Museum, Oklahoma. I was chosen as volunteer of the year at the Ft. Sill Museum, two programs I created are still being used. The last 20 years I have lived in Indiana and 11 years ago, I went back to school to get my secondary teaching license. Prior to that, I worked at an in-patient treatment center for pathological gambling and later a Lilly Corporation contracted electrical engineering firm.

My teaching career has been at one high school on the west side of Indianapolis. I have taught German, Psychology, Sociology, World History, US History and currently dual credit US History. I also established a History Club that has traveled to the 2013 presidential Inauguration, London England, Boston, Charleston, New York City and this summer San Francisco. As an affiliate of the National History Club, I have been recognized as a national top advisor and the club has been recognized as a national top Club. As a lifelong learner, I have applied for and been chosen for many programs such as the Normandy Institute, National History Day (2013), Gilder-Lehrman American Memory 9/11 NYC, Confucius Institute at Sun Yat Sen University China, Bill of Rights Seminar - Slavery and the Constitution, South Korean Digital Project, and most recently NCHE colloquium “Technological Innovation and Patents”. I have also been recognized as Gilder-Lehrman Indiana US History Teacher of the Year (2014) and Indiana James Madison Fellow (2018).

When most individuals ask if my history degree was a waste, I disagree as the problem solving skills, analytical skills, public speaking, and well-rounded liberal arts education prepared me for life. Also, as a College of Charleston graduate, I have had many a conversation about my degree and the College of Charleston experience in interviews and professional settings. As Charleston, S.C. has become an internationally recognized destination, many people are impressed that my degree came from a college and city built on history.

Jason Williams

Jason Williams ('13)

Jason Williams is now teaching Social Studies at the Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. His courses include World History, World Geography, US History, and US History AP. Congratulations, Jason! Check out his academic website:

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Otis W. Pickett ('10)

Otis W. Pickett’s article “’We Are Marching to Zion’: Zion Church and the Distinctive Work of Presbyterian Slave Missionaries in Charleston, South Carolina, 1849–1874″ was selected as the best graduate student paper for the three volumes of the Proceedings for 2010-2012 by the South Carolina Historical Association. The award will be presented by Fritz Hamer, President, SCHA, 2012-13, Curator of Published Materials, South Caroliniana Library, USC-Columbia. Otis is currently a graduate student at the University of Mississippi.

Eliza Glaze

Eliza Glaze ('86)

Eliza Glaze, a native of Charleston who graduated magna cum laude from the History Department at the College of Charleston in 1986, has been awarded a National Endowment for  the Humanities sabbatical grant. She will spend that time at the National Humanities Center ( in Research Triangle Park, NC.  While there, Glaze will complete her critical edition, analysis and translations of a Latin medical text produced by a medieval scholar-physician named Gariopontus, who lived and wrote in Salerno, Italy during the eleventh century. She has identified and studied more than 65 surviving manuscripts of this hitherto unstudied text from all across Europe, many of them showing evidence of having been employed in the classrooms of later medieval Europe to promote the training of medical students in the comprehension of Greek terminology, pharmacology and therapeutic expertise. 

Eliza teaches at Coastal Carolina University, where she was promoted to Associate Professor of History in 2009.  She earned an MA and PhD from Duke University, specializing in the History of Medicine, Medieval Europe, and Latin Palaeography (the scientific dating and localizing of medieval manuscripts).  Her love of early European history began during her undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston, where she focused upon medieval history under the tutelage of John H. Newell (now Dean of the Honors College), women’s history with Amy M. T. McCandless (now Dean of the Graduate School), and the study of medieval Latin with Larry Simms (Department of Classics).   Glaze, who won the Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral Rome Prize for 2007-8, is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and was recently named a ‘Socia’ of  the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino. She often leads study-tours to Southern Italy, where she is especially interested in sites associated with the history of medicine and therapeutics.  Her most recent book project, Between Text and Patient: the Medical Enterprise in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, is a volume of 21 essays in medical history currently in press with SISMEL.

Updates on the Class of 2015:

Georgia Hertz will be touring the east coast with a band this summer, playing bass and singing.  She is also completing a historical novel set in New Orleans in 1926.

Kendall Bickett is beginning work for Greystar Real Estate Partners in Charleston.

Miranda Whiting will be continuing her education at Simmons College in Boston, pursuing a master's degree in Library and Information Science with an archives concentration.

Kimberly Swartz has accepted a position with Americorp NCCC and will be stationed in the Pacific Northwest for a year, after which she hopes to pursue graduate study in International Relations.

Kristin Brig has been accepted to the History M.A. program at the College of Charleston

Madeline Anderson has been accepted in the master's program at Clemson's Eugene T. Moore School of Education to work on a degree in Counselor Education.

Stevie Galicia will be attending the Museum Education program at George Washington University.

Clerc Cooper, 2015 HSS Scholar, will start Tulane Law School in New Orleans in the fall.

Updates on the Class of 2014:

John Curtis, 2014, will be taking the LSAT in June 2014 and possibly attending law school in the Fall 2015. He is interested post-graduate studies in history, criminal justice, and criminology, and would eventually like to earn an MA in history in order to teach history on an adjunct basis.

Erika Hoffman, 2014, will be attending Uppsala University in Sweden (Fall 2014) where she will earn her MS in Sustainable Development. She plans to spend the summer in Charleston continuing her work with the CofC Office of Sustainability.

Updates on the Class of 2013:

Sharon McAllister, 2013, published an article in People's World on Filipino ex-patriate workers. As an undergraduate and now as a graduate, Sharon continues her work in support of worker's rights and USAS.

Amber Grace Joyner, 2013, HSS Scholar, will continue her History studies in graduate school.

Joseph Bradshaw, 2013, HSS Scholar, has been awarded a scholarship to Michigan State University, Department of History, one of the premier African history Ph.D. programs in the country. He will study West African history under the supervision of Professor Walter Hawthorne. MSU's African Studies Center is designated a National Resource Center.

Jason Byers, 2013, Honors, Political Science and History, has been accepted at both Univeristy of Georgia and the Univeristy of Florida to continue his studies in American politics with a focus on presidential and legistlative politics.

Mary Hood Paulson, 2013, Honors, Sociology and History graduate and also a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, and Golden Key.

Jason Williams, 2013, is now teaching Social Studies at the Lowcountry Leadership Charter School. His courses include World History, World Geography, US History, and US History AP. Congratulations, Jason! Check out his academic website:

Updates on the Class of 2012:

Jacob Meminger, 2012, will be a graduate student at New York University in September seeking a M.A. in Educational Counseling.

Updates on the Class of 2011:

Steven Wallace, 2011, M.S. Citadel 2012, working with Family Services for Veteran Affairs with Americorps Vista.

Luke Smith, 2011, currently attending New York University School of Law.

Crystal Dully, 2011, became a McNair Scholar (a federal TRIO program funded at 194 institutions across the U.S. funded by the U.S.D.E) It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or a member of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Joi Mayo, 2011, was accepted into the "Teach For America" program.

Updates on the Class of 2010:

Shannon Smith, 2010, has just been invited to join the Peace Corps, and  will be leaving for Togo on June 2, 2012 for 27 months where she will be an advisor for an NGO.

Nathaniel "Nate" Bailey, 2010, accepted into M.E.S. Program, Graduate School of the College of Charleston, 2010.

Christopher Mellon, 2010, accepted into Modern Standard Arabic Program, International Language Institute, Cairo, August-September 2010.

Anita Gadsden, 2010, hired as Executive Assistant to the Dean and Operations Manager at the College of Charleston North Campus. Anita has a BA in History from the College of Charleston and a MA in Human Resources Development from Webster University.

History Alumni Describe Their Undergraduate Internship Experiences:

Vanessa Seel ('09) and Harris Abrams ('09)

Share in the internship experience of Vanessa Seel at the CCPL Archives...and read her Journal and Final Report. Also, Harris Abrams had a great internship at the Charleston Museum's Manigault House. He served as a tour guide for the home originally built in 1803.