Featured Alumni in American Studies: 





Maisie O'Malley, '12

Public History

Maisie O’Malley is currently enrolled in the Public History MA program at Loyola University in Chicago.  Her senior thesis, “Cul-de-Sac Culture within City Limits,” examined the racial and spatial formation of suburban identity in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.  In her graduate Material Culture course she is, among other things, analyzing the history and use of the pink camouflage pattern.













Lauren Demeter, '10

International Policy

Lauren Demeter is a Program Assistant at the Marshall Legacy Institute, a humanitarian organization that helps war-torn countries establish practical, affordable, and sustainable programs to rid their soil of the humanitarian dangers and destabilizing effects of landmines.  In this position, she works with partner organizations in ten countries to implement mine detection, survivors' assistance, and vocational training programs.  She is also a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, where she is the co-director of the Young Professionals Peace & Security Committee and a member of the Young Professionals Board of Directors.    














John McDermott, '90

Investment Banking

John McDermott is one of the founding partners of Evercore Wealth Management in New York City.  There he manages money for individuals and institutions, including an investment fund focused on government policy that demands research in economics, politics, political institutions and history.  Before that he was a Managing Director at U.S. Trust, where he ran equity mutual funds, and holds a CFA designation.        










Jack Obringer, '87

Sports Media

Jack Obringer is Senior Coordinating Producer, Studio Production, for ESPN.  He is responsible for the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET editions ofSportsCenter and oversees the SportsCenter Tease-Bump unit.  He also oversees ESPN’s Veteran’s Day initiative and two NASCAR-related programs: NASCAR Countdown and NASCAR Now.   Obringer has been a senior coordinating producer since April 2005. Before that, he was a coordinating producer for 6 p.m. SportsCenter, for Monday Night Countdown during the 2001 NFL season, and for ESPNEWS.  Before joining ESPN, Obringer worked at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind., from August 1984-September 2000, ultimately as assistant news director.











Marie Blakey, '85

Publishing, Marketing

Marie Blakey started her career as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.  After several years working in law firms, she decided to make her way as a professional writer. She spent the next dozen years as a writer, editor, and publisher in the business-to-business market, covering a variety of industries from jewelry manufacturing and pool construction to software development and home healthcare. In 2002, she transitioned into higher education, directing creative services, public relations, marketing, and strategic communications at two colleges in Los Angeles. She returned in 2008 to Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, where she now serves as the senior director of communications and marketing








Sheldon Dutes, '07

Journalism, Reporting

Sheldon Dutes is a TV Reporter at WNBC-TV in New York and covers assignments across the tri-state. Since joining NBC New York in the Fall of 2012, Sheldon's reports have been featured on NBC's 'Early Today,' MSNBC and The Weather Channel. 











Dave Reidy

Marketing, Creative Writing

Dave Reidy is Creative director at closerlook, inc., a marketing agency in Chicago. His fiction has been published by Granta, and his short story "The Regular" was named winner of the Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest. Captive Audience, a collection of short stories and Reidy's debut, was named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association and published in French translation.


Beth (Lohmuller) Grisoli, '87



Beth Grisoli has worked in the field of communications since 1987 – PR, radio, TV, writing for publication and now here at ND as head of Multimedia Services. She oversees still photography and video projects for marketing communications at the university and also leads the production of the What Would You Fight For? television campaigns.


Ian Heraty, '12


Teaching abroad

Ian moved to Shenzhen, China (bordering Hong Kong) following graduation to teach English in a public middle school. He teaches at the Center for Teaching and Learning in China. He said the program is well-run and great for anyone with an interest in living abroad. By his second day in China, Ian was placed in charge of a classroom of children. He underwent two and a half weeks of teacher training and was then given a full time teaching job at a public school in Shenzen. Ian teaches thirteen classes of fifty students each week. He writes about his experiences on his travel blog.