April 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

History Alumni Spotlight: Guy Aldridge Starts Ph.D. at University of Maryland

Guy Aldridge ’15M, an alumnus of the M.A. program in the History Department at Ohio University, will be starting his Ph.D. studies in the History Department at the University of Maryland in fall 2016.

Guy Aldridge

Guy Aldridge

Aldridge graduated from Ohio University in spring 2015, after completing his master’s degree under the supervision of Assistant Professor of History Mirna Zakic. Titled “Forgotten and Unfulfilled: German Transitions in the French Occupation Zone, 1945-1949,” Aldridge’s M.A. thesis explored print media, Catholicism, and coming to terms with the Nazi past in the French-occupied zone in Germany immediately after the end of World War II.

Before coming to Ohio University, Aldridge completed a double major in History and German Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since graduating from Ohio University, he has been working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Aldridge first joined the Holocaust museum as a 2015 Summer Research Assistant, where he supported a variety of the museum’s research projects. Aldridge eventually took on a contract position at the museum, contributing to the research, writing, editing, and translation work for the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. Aldridge is expected to receive credit for his contributions in the published versions of the volumes upon which he has worked.

‘A Great Mentor and a Brilliant Scholar’

“I can’t speak highly enough about my adviser, Mirna Zakic. She is a great mentor and a brilliant scholar,” says Aldridge. “I am proud to be the first of what I’m sure will be many students who will work under her supervision. The university is very lucky to have her.”

He adds that the faculty at OHIO was an incredible resource that offered endless opportunities.

“I made relationships with world-renowned scholars who came to the department’s talks and conferences; I still have contact with many of them. The Contemporary History Institute offered new and diverse perspectives on historical issues, serving as a genuine center of intellectual activity on campus. In all, the History Department provided me with a strong foundation for the rest of my career. The fact that I have had exponentially more opportunities after my time at OHIO than before is a testament to the strength of the faculty.”


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