Kristen Burkholder '93

Location: Oklahoma
Major(s) and Minor(s): History
Thesis title and/or topic/description: "The Legal Degree at Oxford and the Law in 13th-century England"

What have you done since graduation?

After a year working as a cook in a small café, I earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval European history from the history department at the University of Minnesota, where I met my now-husband. I held a couple of one-year sabbatical-replacement positions before going to Oklahoma State University, where I taught for seven years. Eventually I decided that I’d be happier as a university librarian than as a history professor, so I went back to school again for an M.L.I.S., and am now at Oklahoma City University in that capacity. It’s great to be working at a smaller institution with a liberal arts emphasis, like Scripps.

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

Learning to be a historian also taught me to take the long view of most things in life, to think about the consequences of, for example, social policy. I still enjoy reading history even though it’s no longer my profession.

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