GradImpact: Understanding the World Through History

    Studying Middle Eastern history opens a door to a world not many Americans understand, but nevertheless have strong opinions about. As a graduate student at East Carolina University, Adam Stoddard chose to pursue a master’s degree in history because he wanted to better understand the world around him. “Most of the United States' foreign aid flows into the Middle East and our nation has had a military presence in the region for most of modern history,” said Stoddard. “People should care about what effect their tax dollars and military presence have overseas.”


    His concentration in Middle Eastern history and study abroad experience in Cairo, Egypt, led him to a teaching opportunity in United Arab Emirates. Stoddard’s thesis on the outbreak of the 1967 Arab-Israeli June War helped him in the interview process and ultimately to secure his teaching job. As one of only two Western teachers in an Abu Dhabi public school of only Middle Easterners, Adams learned as much from his students as they did from him.


    Stoddard received his M.A. in history from ECU in 2009 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University in 2014 and credits his success to the research, writing, and critical thinking skills he learned in graduate school. To learn more about Adam, visit the East Carolina University website.

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