At UMass, Dinah focused her attention on researching early national politics and a career in academia. Along with completing the teacher documentation program at the UMass Center for Teaching while a Ph.D. candidate, she created three new courses and taught in the History Department for three years after graduation.
At the start of my UMass career, I was set on starting a career in secondary education, teaching history in high school. Through my classes, conversations, and career development program, I learned about other career paths for history majors, such as public history, museum work, and law school. The career development program helped me hone my resume skills, job fair skills, and interactions with recruiters. Through this work, I found an internship that would open up doors for me and set me on the right path.