The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590
F: 717.337.6596

Where Are They Now?

Craig Battisfore is the Vice President, General Manager of the Popular Business Unit for E. & J. Gallo Winery and has been in this position since June, 2010.  Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in History.  Outside of Gallo, Craig worked in sales for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Products Company and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hi-Tec Sports USA, a leading producer of rugged outdoor footwear.  Craig's career at Gallo started in sales in Los Angeles.  Four years later he accepted a marketing position in Modesto to work on the "wine cooler project" which developed into Bartles & Jaymes.  Craig later became a Vice President of Marketing and over time managed in every category Gallo competes - Premium, Popular, Economy table wines, sparkling wines, spirits, beverage wines, coolers, and dessert wines.

Ian Isherwood ’00 is the Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. He earned his Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Glasgow (UK) in 2012.  His dissertation is entitled “The Greater War: British Memorial Literature, 1918-1939” and concerns memoirs written of the First World War in Britain. His areas of interest include war studies, cultural history, and British history.  Isherwood has taught in the history departments at Gettysburg College and Dickinson College.  He is a proud graduate of both Gettysburg College and Dartmouth.  Before returning to graduate school in 2004, Isherwood worked in politics in Western Pennsylvania. 

Brian Matthew Jordan '09 is a fourth-year student in the History Ph.D. program at Yale University.  Brian is a cultural historian of the American Civil War, and his work at present focuses on questions of trauma and historical memory.  His dissertation, "When Billy Came Marching Home: A History of Union Veterans," is exploring the cultural marginalization of Union veterans after the Civil War and the efforts of survivors to come to terms with the meaning of their participation in  the conflict.  Recent publications include:  "Living Monuments: Union Veteran Amputees and the Embodied Memory of the Civil War," Civil War History 57, no. 2 (June 2011), and "We Stand on the Same Battlefield: The Gettysburg Centenary and the Shadow of Race," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 135, no. 4 (October 2011). He received his B.A. in History with a minor in Civil War Era Studies (summa cum laude, valedictorian) from Gettysburg College in 2009. 

Stephen Light '05 is the manager of museum programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.  Stephen earned his bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in history, and went on to receive a master's degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 2008.  Working within the Education Department at the Hall of Fame, Stephen designs, develops, and executes programs that provide museum visitors with an educational experience promoting discussion and revealing baseball's connection to American culture.  Prior to moving to Cooperstown Stephen served as a museum educator at the Columbia County Historical Society in Upstate New York.

Brian Martin '83

Brian W. Martin '83 is the President and Chief Operating Officer of History Associates.  Dr. Martin earned a bachelor's degree in history from Gettysburg College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his master's degree in applied history and social science and his Ph.D. in history and policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Martin has developed research plans and led projects that examine historical developments in the chemical, petroleum, aerospace, nuclear, metals, electrical, transportation, and other industries.

Amber Moulton '02 received a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in 2011. Her dissertation was "'Marriage Extraordinary': Interracial Marriage and the Politics of Family in Antebellum Massachusetts." She most recently taught as a Senior Lecturer at College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University and contributed entries to the African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Tim Orr '01 is an Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, after receiving a Ph.D. and an M.A. in History, in 2010 and 2003 respectively, from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Biology from Gettysburg College. Previously he was a Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Orr's most recent publication is Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers (University of Tennessee Press, 2011).

Jared Peatman '02 earned a master's degree from Virginia Tech in 2006 and a Ph.D. in history at Texas A & M in 2010.  He was selected as the 2009 Organization of American Historians/Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow for his dissertation on the legacy of the Gettysburg Address.  He has written articles on the role of Daniel Sickles in shaping President Lincoln's early perceptions of the Battle of Gettysburg, and most recently a chapter in Virginia at War, 1863, titled "'Lincoln acted the clown': Virginia's Newspapers and the Gettysburg Address."  Jared now works as a consultant for a number of government and private institutions that host leadership development events at historic sites. 

Paul C. Reber '82 is the Executive Director of Stratford Hall and also serves on the adjunct faculty at American University in Washington as a Historian-in-Residence. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at Stratford, Paul was an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, President of Old Salem Inc. in Winston Salem, NC, and Executive Director of Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site in Washington DC. During his tenure at the Trust, Paul also served as the Associate Campaign Director for Historic Sites. He also served as Director of Development at Mount Vernon and as Director of the White House Endowment Fund. Paul has a BA from Gettysburg College, an MA from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Evan Rothera

Evan Rothera  '10 is a second year graduate student in the History M.A./Ph.D. program at The Pennsylvania State University.  Even is a political historian of the Nineteenth Century United States and is also interested in comparative and transnational history; his current project focuses on links between the United States and Argentina.  During the 2010-2011 academic year, Evan was the McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellow in American History.  Evan received a B.A. in History and Spanish and a minor in Civil War Era Studies (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Gettysburg College in 2010 where he served as the editor of The Gettysburg Historical Journal.  Evan also founded and served as the first editor of The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era.  His current publications include "Forgotten Fire-Eater: William Barksdale in History and Memory," which will be appearing shortly in The Journal of Mississippi History.

John Rudy '07 currently works with the National Park Service's Interpretive Development Program in Harpers Ferry, WV.  Since 2006 John has worked as an interpretive ranger in the Living History Branch at Harpers Ferry, as well as serving as a curatorial assistant in Museum Services at Gettysburg National Military Park.  An adjunct professor at Gettysburg College, John focuses his research on abolition, and the impacts of the civil war on everyday Americans.  Holding a Master of Arts in Applied History from Shippensburg University, John's thesis was entitled "Preachers of Sedition": Syracuse and Freedom, 1851-1861 which investigated the reaction and impact of the fugitive slave law in Syracuse New York.

Robert Sandow '92 grew up in the Laurel highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where family trips to its famous battlefields sparked a lifelong passion for Civil War history. In 1993, Sandow earned a Ph. D. in history from the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University. His research specialties include the Northern home front during the Civil War, with particular interest in issues of dissent, partisan politics and opposition. He currently is an Associate Professor of History at Lock Haven University. His most recent publication is Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians (Fordham University Press, 2011).

Rachel Santose

Rachel Santose '11 recently graduated from Gettysburg College (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) as a History major and Civil War Era Studies minor. Now at Indiana University, Bloomington, Rachel is completing a dual Masters degree program in History and Library Science with the intent to graduate in the summer of 2013. Her research interests in the Department of History include the construction of memory and the memorialization of the American Civil War, along with a Library Science specialization in Archives and Records Management. After graduation, Rachel hopes to find herself employed at an academic library, museum, or historical society and working as an archivist.

John Stoudt

John Stoudt '88 has worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service for more than 20 years.  He is currently working at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York.  John has worked previously at the Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Edgar Allan Poe, and Wilson's Creek NPS sites.

Keith Swaney

Keith Swaney '04 is an archives and records management specialist at the New York State Archives in Albany, NY, where he works in the access and research services program areas.  Keith earned a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Maryland in 2007.  He has worked in a variety of library and archival programs since graduating from Gettysburg College, including the Gettysburg College Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, and New York State Archives.  Keith has written and spoken publicly on web usability in the state government context, statewide access to archival resources in New York, and the use of historical records in high school and college classrooms.

Pete Vermilyea '94 is the Student Scholarship Director of the Civil War Institute.  He teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT and at Western Connecticut State University.  Pete is the author or editor of more than a dozen articles and books on the Civil War era, including "The Effect of the Confederate Invasion of Pennsylvania on Gettysburg's African American Community" which appeared in Gettysburg Magazine in 2001. Pete was recognized as Connecticut's History Teacher of the Year and as Connecticut Region One teacher of the year.

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