Columbian Grad Alumni

Heather Higginbottom

Heather Higginbottom, MA ’99, became the first female deputy secretary of state for management and resources in December 2013. She previously served as counselor to Secretary of State John Kerry and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Priya Dhanani

Priya Dhanani, MA ’14, conducts presentations in a variety of venues to illuminate the truths behind human sex trafficking. She is the director of prevention education for FAIR Girls, a D.C.-based nonprofit which works to eradicate child sex trafficking.

Jackie Biggs

Jackie Biggs, MA ’13, has been working as an art therapist for combat veterans returning from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. At Fort Belvoir's Community Hospital, Biggs assists in the veterans' process of coping with traumatic events.

Larry Cook

Larry Cook, MFA ’12, created his project "All American" with the intention of delivering a powerful and jarring image that sends a deliberate message to viewers. He goes beyond social implications to confront race and identity.

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Graduate programs in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Science are a magnet for top scholars and a catalyst for learning and discovery in a wide spectrum of arts, humanities, and social and hard science fields. Our degrees and certificates integrate the highest caliber of education, from our world-renowned programs in subjects like HistoryPolitical Science and Public Policy, to our pioneering work in Art Therapy, Forensic Sciences and LGBT health.

An advanced degree from one of GW's 82 Arts & Sciences Programs is unlike any other graduate school experience. Not only are we steps from the most influential institutions in Washington, D.C., but our faculty and alumni networks include an extraordinary variety of internationally-recognized leaders. At the Columbian College, you will be given the tools to thrive both intellectually and professionally.

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