History Majors in the Workplace Alumni Panel + Pizza Party
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm

History Majors in the Workplace
Alumni Panel + Pizza Party

WED February 19th
Cramer Hall 494 
(Dodds Room)



Wondering about career paths for History?

The rigorous research and writing requirements asked of History majors offer excellent preparation for careers in law, journalism, business, public relations, technical writing, fundraising, administration, and government service. Join us in conversation with former PSU History graduates on their experiences and where they went to work after earning their degrees.

Open to current and prospective History
Majors, Minors and Graduate Students.

Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be provided




Jessica Bardsley is currently Director of Marketing and Partnerships with Fort West, an innovation and business design firm. Formerly she was a research consultant in the health and humanitarian sectors, working with Fortune 100 clients nationally and international non-profits. She is a first generation college student, and participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program at Portland State, earning a BA in History in 2006. Her Honors College thesis was a comparative study of religious conversion narratives written between 200 BCE and 400 CE. She earned an MBA from Portland State School of Business in 2012. Outside of work, she is a weaver and textile artist, and is a mother to two awesome kids.



James V. Hillegas-Elting earned his Master of Arts in History from Portland State University in 2009, specializing in 19th-20th century urban environments and public history. He has been an independent consulting historian since 2004, but his full-time work since 2011 has been as a project manager, facilitator, and data visualization specialist with a federal wholesale electric utility. In March 2018 Oregon State University Press published his book Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution on the Willamette, 1920s-1970s. Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Fairhaven College (Western Washington University) in Bellingham, he earned an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy.


Marty Patail is the editor in chief at Portland Monthly, where he oversees a team of journalists, editors, and art directors. Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. He earned an MA in History from Portland State University in 2009, focusing on the historiography of the crusades.