In November Chloe Thompson joined the History Department as its new executive assistant. In addition to coordinating the department's faculty promotion and hiring processes, she'll play a leading role in History's career diversity and public engagement initiatives. 

Thompson grew up in Boston, a richly historical city that fostered her love of studying the past and reinforced its incredible import for the future. "I believe history is the framework of the present," said Thompson. "Understanding how the world used to be is vital for understanding how it is now."

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in global studies and Hispanic studies and a minor in creative writing in 2016, Thompson worked at a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC. As an undergraduate, she wrote for The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon's student newspaper, and interned at the Massachusetts Historical Society. In her free time, she likes to cook and read. 

"I'm so excited to join the History Department and work on career diversity initiatives and public engagement," said Thompson. "And I'm excited to get to know my new coworkers." 

This article is the first in a series of Michigan History staff profiles.