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Alumni Profiles


portrait of UW History Alumnus Meggan Woodbury Bilotte

Meggan Woodbury Bilotte

M.A. Graduate, 2011
Ph.D. Candidate, UW-Madison
My time at the University of Wyoming was exciting and invigorating. I attended the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate student, and discovered a love for history. I had to change my area of study completely - and it was one of the most important decisions of my career. Under Dr. Bauer, I became a scholar of the American West, and without his guidance I almost certainly would not have pursued a Ph.D. at the UW-Madison.
Mine has been a surprising, fascinating, and incredibly fulfilling academic journey, and I attribute much of that to my time at the University of Wyoming.
My time at UW was one of the most important experiences of my life. I had the immense privilege of working with faculty and graduate students of extremely high caliber. I still keep in touch with my cohort and my mentors, and consider my time in the UW History Department to be a valuable component of my growth as a scholar and a person.




portrait of UW History alumnus Jacki Antonovich

Jacki Antonovich

M.A. Graduate, 2011
PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
I graduated in 2011 with an MA in History and a minor in Gender and Women's studies.
I enjoyed the small graduate seminars, which cultivated an intellectually rigorous environment, while also fostering a sense of collegiality among my cohort. Additionally, having access to the resources at the American Heritage Center and the funding available to travel to several other archives, allowed for me to develop critical research skills.
For me, the best part about attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming was the academic relationships I formed with faculty members. I felt like every professor was invested in my success and the close mentoring I received allowed for me to develop the skills necessary to succeed in a top-tier doctoral program.
UW’s History department did a fantastic job preparing me for my PhD studies. When I arrived at Michigan [for my doctoral work], I was already well-versed in theory and methodology and had developed the necessary research, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for a PhD program.




portrait of UW History alumnus Danielle R. Olden

Danielle R. Olden

B.A. Graduate, 2006
Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Danielle R. Olden graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2006 with a B.A. in History. She went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University (2008; 2013), and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, where she focuses on U.S. West History.
I greatly enjoyed studying history at UW. Working with Phi Alpha Theta was a highlight of my undergraduate career and I got to present my research at the national Phi Alpha Theta conference my senior year, an experience that gave me a lot of confidence as I moved into graduate school. I also enjoyed working with Marianne Kamp on the Central Eurasian Studies Review. This was an internship that served as the culmination of my public history concentration and gave me useful insights into the workings of academic publishing. Overall, I worked with several outstanding faculty members, took advantage of the resources and opportunities the History Department offered and got a lot of research experience, all of which laid the groundwork for my entry into the professoriate.




portrait of UW History alumnus Brandi Hilton-Hagemann

Brandi Hilton-Hagemann

M.A. Graduate, 2008
Assistant Professor at Doane College
Brandi Hilton-Hagemann graduated in 2008 with an M.A. in History with a minor in Native American Studies from the University of Wyoming.
For me, the faculty's commitment to master's students was the biggest surprise and a source of inspiration. The monetary resources available for students to conduct research is also unheard of at many other institutions and certainly helped me transition into a great Ph.D. program. Will Bauer and Cheryl Wells were especially helpful during my two years at UW and have both been a constant source of wisdom and support even after I left.


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