Jessica Christian '07

Jessica Christian

Location: California
Major(s) and Minor(s): History/ Gender and Women’s Studies dual major
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “Movement in the Borderlands: Women, Gender, and Immigration in San Diego, California”

What have you done since graduation?

I took a gap year between undergrad and grad school and worked as a docent at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center; had an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York City branch; earned an American Indian Studies certificate from Palomar College; and took Spanish courses.  I started in fall 2008 in a PhD program in history at UCI and am currently working on my dissertation, “Return to the Mission: Gendered Bonds, Women, and Colonization in San Diego, 1769-1910.”

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

Undergrad history classes have directly informed by graduate experience and teaching. Graduate school classes are usually seminar (discussion) style, so I was very prepared and comfortable discussing the readings in classes, thanks to Scripps and the Claremont Colleges! Furthermore, as a teaching assistant and now an adjunct instructor at local community colleges, I use discussion-based learning in my classes.

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