Update from Michael Garemko

Michael Garemko, B.A./M.A. 2003, and his band the Bad Precedents.

Michael Garemko, B.A./M.A. 2003,  writes: “Hello to all Emory History alumni. I think it was at about this time of year ten years ago that I decided to be a history major instead of a poli sci major. What a consequential choice that has turned out to be (in a good way)! I found an intellectual home in the history department, and in many ways, I have never left that home. I have changed career aspirations a few times (rock star, politico, lawyer), and in each, the historical perspective has helped me to see issues in greater depth.  For those of you seeking an update, here is what I have been up to. I graduated with a BA/MA in 2003. A fellow Emory history alum and I started a band in Dallas called the Hanna Barbarians. We had a few gigs and disbanded around the time the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Shortly after, I started a blog about politics and volunteered for a gubernatorial campaign, which eventually turned into a job on the finance team in Houston. Before the end of the campaign, I was moved to the press office in Austin. When the campaign ended, I took a job with Rep. Jim Dunnam at the Texas Capitol, who ended up starting a cover band for a Capitol party, the Bad Precedents. Because the BPs were slightly better than people expected us to be, people invited us to many more events. I also met my fiancée while working for Rep. Dunnam. Since that time, I worked for two other state reps, most recently for Rep. Marisa Marquez as Chief of Staff, before attending law school. I am currently a 2L at the University of Texas, where I am Submissions Editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights. Kelly and I are going to be married later this year.  I hope this message finds everybody in good spirits.”