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What do the Director of a Global Investment firm worth billions, a rising star at Twitter, a successful entrepreneur and decorated Iraq war veteran, an associate at one of Washington’s most prestigious law firms, and a federal prosecutor all have in common?  They were all undergraduate history majors at Vanderbilt.

Here are their stories:

Jadzia Butler (Vanderbilt, class of 2010)

Jadzia Butler is an associate at Covington and Burling, one of the most prestigious Washington law firms.

While at Vanderbilt, Jadzia was one of the founders of the Vanderbilt Political Review.  Here are her reflections on the history major.

Andrew Barge  (Vanderbilt, class of 2009)

Andrew Barge currently works at Twitter managing product and revenue sponsorships with sports leagues, networks teams, and athletes.

Andrew was recently profiled by 2017 Forbes magazine “30 under 30” The list recognizes 30 rising stars, under the age of 30, in 20 industries. More than 15,000 professionals were nominated for 600 spots on the list that Forbes describes as “the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” of young people in business.

Here are Andrew’s reflections on his history major.

Jonathan Feldman (Vanderbilt, class of 2009)

Jonathan is currently an associate with the J.P. Morgan Global Transportation Group based in London. Previously, he worked for JPM in New York in the investment bank working with energy clients. He began his career in Washington DC working for a clean energy advisory firm.

Here are Jonathan’s reflections on the history major.

Wilson Hunter (Vanderbilt, class of 2007)

Wilson Hunter broke with family tradition and, following Professor Epstein’s suggestion, went to law school, receiving a full scholarship at the University of Alabama Law School.  He then went to work in the US Attorney’s office in Birmingham as a prosecutor, where he tried a substantial number of jury trials.  Most recently, he has left the federal service to take up a position at the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

 Here are Wilson’s reflections on his history major.

Blake Hall (Vanderbilt, class of 2004)

Blake Hall is a former Army Ranger and the Founder and CEO of, a digital identity network that empowers individuals to prove their identity and group affiliations while controlling how their information is shared online. Blake led a battalion reconnaissance platoon in Iraq for fifteen months during 2006 – 2007. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for leading his men during a firefight against insurgents in an action senior commanders credited with saving twenty American lives. Blake has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The Huffington Post and DC Magazine.

Here is an article which Blake wrote about his experiences in Iraq, and his commitment to the family of the Iraqi interpreter who helped protect them.

Here is another profile of Blake:   Here are Blake’s thoughts about a history major.

Sebastian Arango, (Vanderbilt, class of 2000)

Sebastian Arango is a Director of King Street Capital Management. Here is a description of King Street Capital Management, a $19 billion global investment management firm.

Here is a profile of him from the organization “America Needs You”

Sebastian has these reflections on his history major.




updated, September 2020