Master's and Ph.D. Career Symposium

3.1 Pursuing Diverse Careers in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the UC Davis Humanities Institute

Time: 1:00-2:10pm

Room: 002 Wellman

These panelists will discuss their paths toward rewarding non-academic careers in the humanities and social sciences and how their graduate training remains essential to the work that they do. Panelists include a public historian/consultant, a Spanish teacher at Oakland Tech, and a library research specialist.


Roberto C. Delgadillo is a Research Support Services Librarian at the Peter J. Shields Library at the University of California, Davis. His areas of responsibility include: Literatures in English, Chicana/o Studies, Religious Studies, Disability Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. Roberto has a BA in Modern German and Russian History from UC Santa Cruz, and a MLIS, an MA in Latin American Studies, and a PhD in Modern Latin American History  from UCLA. His research interests include urban folklore, civil military relations and the information-seeking behavior of undergraduate and graduate students. He is a former reference and acquisitions librarian with the Hispanic Services Division of the Inglewood Public Library and former copy cataloguer with the Beverly Hills Public Library. Roberto currently serves as a Member-at-Large for American Library Association’s Council. Since 2006, Roberto has also served as Rapporteur General (2006-2012) for the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and was its Vice-President/President-Elect for the 2012-2014 term. In 2012, Roberto won one of ten annual American Library Association/Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

Scott Miltenberger is a senior historian with JRP Historical Consulting, LLC, based in Davis. He earned his doctorate in United States History from UC Davis in 2006, and joined JRP that same year. Scott specializes in historical research of water and natural resources issues, typically in matters involving litigation. He has made studies of alleged riparian and appropriative water rights, ground water rights, and federal reserved water rights for private parties, irrigation districts, state and local governments, and federal agencies throughout the American West. He has also led historical investigations of flood events, land ownership, and potentially-responsible parties for toxic clean-up related to mining and industrial pollution. Prior to joining JRP, Scott taught at UC Davis, Cosumnes River College, and Sacramento City College, and served as the chief researcher-writer for the City of New York/Parks and Recreation Department’s Historical Signs Program in 2000. Scott is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the National Council of Public History, and the California Council for the Promotion of History, and he currently serves on the City of Davis’ Historical Resources Management Commission. His essay, based on his dissertation, “Viewing the Anthrozootic City: Humans, Domesticated Animals, and the Making of Early Nineteenth-Century New York,” will be appearing in the edited collection, The Historical Animal, due out from Syracuse University Press this fall.

Deirdre Snyder arrived in California with a BA in English and went to UC Berkeley School of Education to get a teaching credential because she wanted to work in urban schools. They weren’t hiring, so she worked at a private school and then part time while the children were small. Deirdre also learned Spanish during that time and added it to her credential. She got into teaching in Oakland Unified School district and finally Oakland Tech where she stayed for 8 years.  Deirdre received her PhD in Spanish from UC Davis and then a tenure track position at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  After two years Deirdre returned to Oakland and back to Oakland Technical High School where she started a Green Academy and now teaches Spanish 3 and 4.