Sara Fingal '05

Sara Fingal

Location: Michigan
Major(s) and Minor(s): History major; Environmental Studies minor
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “Feeding or Poisoning the World?: Revolutions and Counterrevolutions in Agriculture”

What have you done since graduation?

After graduation, I worked for an environmental education non-profit in Dana Point, California while I applied for graduate school programs. I was accepted into the doctoral program in history at Brown University in 2006. I received my MA in history in 2007 and my PhD in 2012. Between 2012-2013, I had a postdoctoral fellowship at DePauw University. Currently, I am a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan where I am revising my book project for publication. As of August 2014, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History at Michigan State University. I will teach courses that focus on North American environmental history and water resources.

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

I am very grateful for the education that I received as a history major at Scripps. I was very well prepared for graduate school due to my ability to preform research and to participate in seminar discussions. Additionally, the breadth of required history courses increased my awareness of global and environmental history. My undergraduate degree encouraged me to be a lifelong learner as well as an educator.

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