Alum Interview with Abraham Gibson


Dr. Abraham Gibson is a 2008 graduate of the History MA program at Virginia Tech. We reached out to him recently to see what he has been up to.

Q: After graduating from Virginia Tech’s M.A. program, what did you do?

A: After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2008, I entered the doctoral program at Florida State University. I earned a Ph.D. in History in 2013.

Q: How did your experience at Virginia Tech impact your career after graduate school?

A: My graduate training at Virginia Tech provided me with a rigorous, intimate, and altogether invaluable introduction to the historical profession. Working with world-class professors, I learned what it means and what it takes to be a successful historian, and the experience ultimately convinced me to pursue advanced training.

Q: What advice would you give current or future students wanting to pursue a path similar to yours?

A: Be mindful of recent trends in the historical profession. Take stock of the challenges you will face and then follow your heart.

Q: What has been a major challenge you have encountered in your career? How have you dealt with it?

A: I confess that I have sometimes struggled with impatience. Historians are a famously deliberate bunch, and professional recognitions like graduations, publications, and promotions are far too infrequent for my taste. I deal with my impatience by telling people that I do yoga.

Q: What are your plans from here?

A: I am lucky that I get to teach for a living, and I’ll continue to ply my trade as long as I can.


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