See what our graduates are doing with their Romance Languages and Linguistics degrees
If you are an alum of our department, we would love to hear where you’ve been and where you’re going! Please email our Department Chair Joseph Acquisto to have your story included.
More profiles of graduates prior to 2010
Emma Sector, ’08 - double major in Global Studies and English
Emma became an intern in a publishing house soon after graduation. This opportunity led directly to a career that she greatly enjoys - now she works as a marketing assistant in the children's division of a major New York publishing house and is delighted to be able to talk about books all day long.
Laura Siebecker, ’08 - double major in French and Political Science
Laura completed a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, she conducted research on first and second language acquisition, presented at conferences, and taught the undergraduate Introduction to Linguistics course.
Jonathan Bowley, ’07 - French Major and Spanish Minor
Jonathan attended Middlebury College French School Abroad where he obtained his Master's degree after graduating from UVM. While living abroad, he taught English to students at Epitech University and attended classes both at Middlebury's Centre Madeleine and the Sorbonne Nouvelle. Upon graduating from Middlebury, he resettled in Burlington, VT where he is now the associate director of health information technology and corporate compliance officer at The Community Health Centers of Burlington. Jonathan continues to employ the foreign language skills he learned at UVM not only for reading foreign news articles and novels, but also when helping refugees resettled into the Burlington area from francophone and Spanish-speaking countries. Jonathan is currently pursuing a second degree in Information Technology with a Software Emphasis.
Sarah Jane Compton, ’07 - double major in Italian and Environmental Studies
In 2014 she received her master’s degree in Romance Languages (Italian) from Southern Connecticut State University. Sarah Jane currently works in the Office of Sustainability at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Liz Glatfelter, ’07 - Spanish minor
Liz started on her career in international development and human rights as a direct result of a UVM-led study abroad experience in Oaxaca, Mexico. Five months in Spain teaching English and volunteering on a farm allowed her to apply and internalize what she learned in her Spanish classes. After earning a Master's in International Affairs at the New School in New York and lending a hand to various humanitarian projects in Argentina and Southeast Asia, she is now committed heart and soul to her work with Doctors Without Borders in the areas of maternal health and refugee support.
Jose Martinez, ’07 – double major in Business Administration and Italian Studies
Jose is the Manager of Recruiting at HBO in NYC. In 2014, Jose took a sabbatical to move to Rome, Italy for 13 months and work in Human Resources for the United Nation’s World Food Programme based there. In his words, “I never thought I’d be able to use my Italian on a day-to-day basis since having studied abroad in Milan – living in Rome allowed me to fall in love with Italian again.”
Courtney O’Connor Beamer, ’07 - double major in Italian Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
Courtney began a career in Social Work immediately upon graduating. Working at Women Helping Battered Women (now Steps to End Domestic Violence) in Burlington fueled her passion for working to combat violence against women. Courtney moved with her husband (also a UVM grad, with whom she was in an Italian Studies class) to Los Angeles in 2010, where she earned her master’s degree in Social Work. She is now working as a therapist and Program Manager at the Downtown Women’s Center, providing housing and counseling services to women and families experiencing homelessness.
Peri Pignetti, ’07 - Italian Studies major
Peri has since become a librarian. She received her master's degree in library science from Queens College, CUNY. She currently works at the New York Society Library, the oldest library in New York City, and has worked at the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Transit Museum Archives. She also completed a certificate program in book and paper conservation in San Gemini, Italy.
Benjamin Eldredge, ’06 – double major in Italian Studies and Latin
Benjamin studied Italian Renaissance art at Rutgers, where he earned his MA. After many research trips to Italy, including a two-year stint as a Kress fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, he returned home to Vermont where he works as a cheesemaker and continues to pursue his interest in Italy's history and art.
Isaac Forman, ’06 - double major in French and Political Science
Isaac spent a year after graduation in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he taught English as a second language, easily picking up Spanish along the way thanks to a firm foundation in French acquired at UVM. After his return to the States, he went to Columbia Law School and subsequently served as a law clerk to federal judges at the trial and appellate levels. Now he is an associate in a law firm in his home state of West Virginia.
Annie Houston, ‘06, double major in Italian Studies and French
Annie is a Program Officer at the Massachusetts Cultural Council – the state arts agency – and an English as a Second Language teacher at Chelsea Community Schools. Annie has a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University, which she obtained after spending a few years teaching English in Italy and France following graduation from UVM. Though she does not use her language skills on a day-to-day basis, her majors had significant impact on her career trajectory. She writes, “My own language learning experience and cultural studies from a decade ago have provided context and relativity that make me a better teacher today. It’s because of my Italian Studies degree that I realized how the arts interpret, present, and preserve our most triumphant and tumultuous times, and just how often they are used to facilitate communication and promote understanding. This is critical to my work at the Council, and part of what makes me a dedicated supporter and promoter of the arts.”
Meghan Kelley, ’06 - double major in Spanish and Education
After completing graduate work in Madrid and UVM, Meghan taught in area schools before starting the Spanish program in which she continues teaching. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Vermont Foreign Language Association.
Megan Kiernan, ’06 - double major in French and English; minor in History
Megan first taught English at a prep school in Massachusetts for two years and then in France for a year. She subsequently joined AmeriCorps, working with senior citizens and running programs of her own creation to better their health in body and mind. During this year with AmeriCorps she discovered her vocation for counseling and returned to UVM for a Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Now she works as a substance abuse counselor with local halfway houses and correctional facilities, a job that continues to challenge, surprise and inspire her.
Greg Lombardi, ’06 - double major in Spanish and Finance
Greg has been working in the challenging realm of finance in New York, Chile, Burlington and Denver. He is now eager to try his hand at some creative, web-related business pursuits. He reports that his Spanish major strengthened him as an individual and gave him new perspectives on the world that have proved necessary in his career.
Timothy Wilson, ’06 - double major in French and Jazz Studies
Timothy is completing his Ph.D. in French at CUNY's Graduate Center. In addition to teaching, he has presented papers at professional conferences, begun to publish in the field of cultural and media studies and is exploring nonprofit fundraising as a museum intern. He plans to pursue career options in academia and nonprofit organizations for the arts and human rights.
Jessica Barrett, ’05 - English major (and many Italian classes!)
Jessica enrolled in a dual degree program at the University of Virginia, pursuing the Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English Literature. She is working on a dissertation on authentic encounter in poems by John Keats, John Clare, and William Wordsworth. She teaches literature and writing to UVA undergraduates and to medical school aspirants from across the globe through the Summer Medical Education Program. She expects to earn the Ph.D. and to continue the life of a teacher and writer throughout her life.
Kerry Violet Stanley, ’97 - double major in French and Canadian Studies
Kerry went from UVM to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. Her role in the Peace Corps was to teach English to Francophone students in an AIDS prevention program. Upon her return to the U.S., she began working with individuals infected with HIV, which led to a Master's of Social Work and then work in hospitals with cancer patients needing psychosocial and logistical support. She assists patients in their native French language when need be and facilitates communication for individuals of many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Without French, her experience at UVM and in the Peace Corps, she reports that she would not be where she is today in a rewarding and challenging career.
Deb Raftus, '96 - French major; minors in African Studies and European Studies
Deb is the librarian for French and Italian Studies, Spanish and Portugese Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She took classes in French, Spanish, and Italian as an undergrad at UVM, and uses all three languages in her job. She received her M.A. in French from Middlebury College (spending an academic year in Paris) followed by an MLIS from the University of Washington. At UW, she helps students, faculty and staff with their academic research; purchases books, journals and other materials for the collection; and teaches research skills workshops. Occasionally, she gets to travel to book fairs around the world to buy books. It's a dream job!
Marcus Grace, ’94 - French major
Marcus lived and worked in France for five years, first as a research and development assistant, then as an English instructor in private industry, teaching everyone from assembly-line workers to top managers and also leading evening classes open to the public. After moving back to Vermont, he has been teaching French in middle school and high school near Waterbury.
Charlotte Sector, ’93 - European Studies major, with many classes in French and Spanish
After earning her graduate degree at the Columbia Journalism School, Charlotte worked at CNN for several years and then moved to Paris and joined a multi-national team to launch France 24 - a 24-hour international news channel that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic.
Tricia Dowhan, ’87 - French major
Tricia now lives in Florence, Italy. For nearly twenty years she has been working for a company offering several types of active travel experiences throughout the globe and is now part of the senior management team. She loves walking in the footsteps of the Romans and Etruscans (of late!) and feels fortunate to have found a profession that allows her to use French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and even a bit of Arabic.
Maria Rodriguez-McKey, ’83 - French major
Maria holds a J.D. and a Master’s in Russian Law from the Institute of State and Law in Moscow, as well as a post-graduate degree on elections at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She is currently a researcher at the Center for Comparative Studies on Elections at the Sorbonne. With Bernard Owen, she is the co-author of Proportional Western Europe: The Failure of Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).