Outstanding Alumni

Anita Anthony-VanOrsdal, History '06

Anita Anthony-VanOrsdal, History '06

I graduated in December 2006 and stayed with GVSU for an internship on the Committee to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and to finish my term as President of the GVSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history. In the fall of 2007, I started in the graduate program in U.S. History at Michigan State University where I earned my doctoral degree in 2016. While writing my dissertation, I was an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College and an adjunct and visiting professor at GVSU.

I spent nearly three years working outside of the academic profession before returning to teach Advanced Placement World History for a college prep high school in Brooklyn, New York. After spending a year in Brooklyn during the pandemic, I accepted an offer to teach enlisted military students as an Overseas Collegiate Faculty Associate Professor for the University of Maryland Global Campus in South Korea where I currently reside.

I continue to conduct research projects inspired during my undergraduate years at GVSU in addition to working on publications concerning American Women's History during the Progressive Era and World War I.

As a first-generation university graduate who benefitted immensely from the great teaching and advising of the entire History Department faculty, I consider my successes as a direct result of their influential abilities to connect with students in profound ways. I now get to continue their good examples by teaching and mentoring other first-generation college students who are serving their country while they complete their undergraduate degrees.

Updated January 2022

Interest Area(s)
History, Education

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