Schedule an Appointment

Middlebury alumni build meaningful and dynamic careers in every field you can imagine.  The profiles below are just some of the many interesting ways our graduates apply their liberal arts learning to engage the world.

Middlebury Alumni: Submit your profile here

American Studies

John V. Harvey Jr. ’78

Self-Employed, Harvey & Associates, LLC

American Studies

“The skills, knowledge, and approaches learned as an American Studies major enabled me to examine the problems and solutions in the workplace through the multi-disciplinary prism of economics, history, sociology, and political science.”

Haik Kavookjian ’09.5

Self-Employed Director and Cinematographer

American Studies

“As an American Studies major, I was able to explore a fascination with audience perception.”

Andrew Mahlstedt ’98

Project Director, United World Colleges (UWC) in Colombia

American Studies

“American Civilization has framed a view of the world that is fundamentally interdisciplinary.”

Classical Studies

Peter Burke ’94

Assistant Vice President, John Hancock Financial Services

Classical Studies

“Classics taught me to take the long view. Latin taught me to solve problems and Middlebury taught me to know my audience.”

Anthony Garofano ’04

Operational Law Attorney, U.S. European Command

Classical Studies

“Studying classics has been crucial in how I understand the motivations and decisions of our culture and government today.”

Katharine P.D. Huemoeller ’07

Assistant Professor of Roman History, University of British Columbia

Classical Studies

“Even if you don’t plan to continue in the field, classics will be more useful for your post-Middlebury future than you realize.”

Rebecca Scholtz ’06

Senior Attorney, Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, CLINIC

Classical Studies

“Classics taught me how to think and analyze on a micro level—language structure and grammar—but also on the macro level, to develop arguments and theories.”

Economics

Max Benjamin '11

Head of Data Analytics at Aimpoint Digital

Economics (Japanese and Mathematics minors)

“My economics studies laid the foundation for how I think and problem solve. I have not only built on the tactical coding skills I learned, but also the logical approach to problem solving and communicating for my company and our clients.”

Connor Green '11

Commerce Account Executive at Google

Economics

Don’t limit yourself to a specific industry, just because you feel it aligns well with your current major. Their are employers, across a wide array of industries, who are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds, who have an ability to bring new perspectives to their companies.”

English and American Literatures

Brian Foster ’13

Coverage Team, Coinbase Institutional + Coinbase Ventures

English and American Literatures

“Being an ENAM major makes you more valuable to your company.”

Kara Shurmantine ’12

Consultant at Bain & Company

English and American Literatures

“Writing my English and American Literatures thesis gave me the confidence to face any future challenges in my life and career.”

Environmental Studies

Gillian Lui '13

Sustainability Program Manager at REI

Environmental Studies and Biology (Mathematics minor)

I knew I wanted to study environmental studies heading into my freshman year at Middlebury. I believed then, as I still do now, that climate change is the biggest challenge facing all of humanity today, and knew that a degree in environmental studies would unlock opportunities for me to build a career solving interdisciplinary climate challenges. What drew me to enrolling in Middlebury in the first place was, in part, the fact that I’d be able to study environmental discourse at the nation’s oldest undergraduate environmental studies program.

Film and Media Culture

Rich Gallup '01

Executive Producer, OtherSide Entertainment

Film/Cinema/Video Studies

“The second career-defining skill that Middlebury taught me came outside of the classroom. When I arrived at Midd, everybody around me was so fascinating, they came from all over the world and all had stories to tell, things they wanted to do, places they wanted to go. I felt I had to meet everybody and learn everything I could about them and their perspectives. And there were a couple years where it seemed like I knew almost everybody on campus. I could sit down at any table in Proctor and join in the conversation, or just comfortably listen. And now my job calls for working with another group of fascinating people - artists, programmers, designers, etc., so many folks with different perspectives and different ways of approaching problems.”

Geography

David Barker '06.5

Director of Fort Greene Park at NYC Parks

Geography (Spanish minor)

“I loved Geography classes because they tackled tangible, real world issues and processes. You’d be reading an academic article about urban change in NYC and then be able to see up close what was being described on a fall break trip. Or you would make a connection between a lecture and the landscape in your hometown. In short, the major helped me understand how places develop and evolve and how the connections between people in places matter. It helped me see and appreciate details on the landscape that I would have otherwise missed. Yes, I used technical skills like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) early in my career but I probably rely on the more general, softer skills like being able to multi-task, work in teams, and write and speak well.”

Geology

Maureen Hill Collins ’81

Director of Environmental Due Diligence Services, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Geology

“When my boss and I are hiring, we always look for someone who went to a good liberal arts college and who has a science degree.”

Seth Haines ’97

Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

Geology

“The things one learns in the course of gaining a geology degree are readily applicable to all aspects of life…”

Kelly Kryc ’94

Director of Ocean Policy, New England Aquarium

Geology

“My geology major has translated into skills in strategic planning and problem-solving within complex, interconnected systems.”

Jeff Polubinski ’02

Associate at Gravel & Shea PC

Geology

“Geology was a great liberal arts degree because, while there is emphasis on analysis and writing, I also developed a body of knowledge that gave me a unique and marketable tool during my job search.”

History

Brett Alessi '98

Co-founder and Partner, Empower Schools

History

“Studying history helped inform my view that inequities in education contribute to so many of the challenges we face in our country and around the world today. Studying history has taught me the importance of taking the time to understand complex issues like educational inequality from multiple perspectives. It also taught me that context matters.”

Will Dobson ’95

Washington Bureau Chief, Slate Magazine, and author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve (Doubleday, 2012)

History

“My history major opened everything up for me.”

Allison Ortega ’07

International Credential Evaluator, World Education Services

History

“The skills and aptitudes you gain from a history degree prepare you for any field you want to pursue.”

Isaac Ro ’00

Vice President, Equity Research at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

History

“Being a history major has made me a more interesting person.”

Carol Tonge Mack ’95

Assistant Dean, Academic Services: College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati

History

“History taught me to find the truth behind every story.”

International and Global Studies

Rebecca Reingold '07

Associate Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

International and Global Studies

“My IS major helped me develop various skills that I have used regularly throughout my career and continue to use today, namely the ability to think critically and creatively, incorporate interdisciplinary and intersectional analyses, write clearly and persuasively, and collaborate with people from many different parts of the world.”

Italian

Willa Kammerer ’07.5

Digital Media Entrepreneur, Storyteller, Willa Kammerer & Firestarter Interactive, LLC

Italian

“My Italian major is a part of me I can always tap into.”

Japanese Studies

Sawyer Tadano '21

Assistant English Teacher, Kitami Board of Education

Japanese Studies (Physics double major)

“Although the language skills and the cultural knowledge that I gained as a Japanese Studies major may be more applicable to my current role, my physics major has had a lasting impact on how I view the world. I was drawn to physics because it seeks to understand and explain the mechanics of the universe that we live in at the subatomic scale through particle physics but also at the scale of solar systems through general and special relativity. Although technological advances have allowed physicists to experimentally confirm the existence of the Higgs Boson and gravitational waves, our understanding of the fundamental rules that govern the universe remains incomplete. While this can be a frightening realization, I find it both humbling and exciting that there are truths about the universe that remain unknown to us. This fact keeps me grounded in my daily life and has helped me to appreciate the complexity of the world around us.”

Physics

Sawyer Tadano '21

Assistant English Teacher, Kitami Board of Education

Physics (Japanese Studies double major)

“Although the language skills and the cultural knowledge that I gained as a Japanese Studies major may be more applicable to my current role, my physics major has had a lasting impact on how I view the world. I was drawn to physics because it seeks to understand and explain the mechanics of the universe that we live in at the subatomic scale through particle physics but also at the scale of solar systems through general and special relativity. Although technological advances have allowed physicists to experimentally confirm the existence of the Higgs Boson and gravitational waves, our understanding of the fundamental rules that govern the universe remains incomplete. While this can be a frightening realization, I find it both humbling and exciting that there are truths about the universe that remain unknown to us. This fact keeps me grounded in my daily life and has helped me to appreciate the complexity of the world around us.”

Political Science

Ben LaBolt '03

Partner, Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI)

Political Science (French and Theatre minors)

“I’ve always had a passion for politics and my political science major rooted me in the theory, history and methodology behind successful campaigns and government action. It also gave me a global perspective to look beyond our borders and consider the trajectory of other countries and international institutions. At the same time, I rely every day on the diversity of the liberal arts education I received at Middlebury. The most important thing we learn is to think strategically and to pour ourselves into a new topic we don’t have much familiarity with. I’m constantly diving into new issue areas and challenges, and that nimbleness and diversity of thought has served me well.”

Sociology

Katie Flanagan Mobley '97

Dean of Enrollment and Community Relations at Community College of Vermont

Sociology/Anthropology (Women’s Studies minor)

“Sociology provided me with a framework to examine the structures and systems by which our world is organized and to consider the impact that I want to have as an individual and in the work that I have chosen to pursue.”

Julianna Tschirhart '11

Planner, Progressive AE

Sociology/Anthropology major (Spanish minor)

“Being a Sociology major definitely led to my current career as an urban planner. As a Sociology major, I was trained to think about the systems that shape our lives - the cultural narratives and identities and claims to power that structure our lived experience. As a planner, I work to shape some of these systems through the built environment. Land use and transportation decisions can have profound outcomes on access to opportunity, public health, and climate change, and it’s exciting to work with communities across the country to tackle these issues.”

Theatre

Leah Day VanHorn '07.5

Chief of Staff & Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Central Park Conservancy

Theatre (English minor)

“Follow your heart. Don’t be afraid to venture outside of your major to explore subjects that might not be as comfortable but could help round out your experience at Middlebury. Theatre students have a lot to offer to classes and peers outside of the theatre program - be bold, be curious! I’d also suggest you not be afraid to reach out to alums who share your major to ask for advice or connections. We are a family!”