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American Studies Alumni

Kimberly Bacon

Kimberly Bacon
2015
Washington, DC
America's Place in the World (American Foreign Policy)
What I like about American Studies:

I love that American Studies is a small major and a close community. It enables me to explore multiple fields of interest and gives me the freedom to design my own concentration. Student government

Nihtawneemiw Boham

Nihtawneemiw Boham
Great Falls, Montana
Race and gender in conversation with pop media
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies allowed me to explore my area of interest in a way that I couldn’t accomplish with any other major. There is incredible freedom to deeply explore the connections between disciplines. No one subject is truly isolated, and I love that American Studies gives me the opportunity to study the spaces in between. I love spending my free time watching and analyzing film and television with my friends, and getting into debates about them.

Ella Bunnell

2019
Brookline, MA
Government, Immigration Policy, and Social Movements
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies gives me the flexibility to explore the aspects of American culture and politics that interest me without the constraints imposed by an academic discipline. I love meeting and learning from professors and other majors who have such a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

Inyoung Choi

2020
Champaign, IL
The Veracity and Inclusivity of American Journalism
What I like about American Studies:
I love stories! I love learning about the stories of where people come from and what they care about through the variety of humanities and social science courses available through the interdisciplinary American Studies major. 
 

Rawley Clark

2020
San Francisco, CA
Art in relation to people of color in America, creativity and art throughout American history, Diaspora movements
What I like about American Studies:

I love the flexibility of the major and the ability to tailor it to my interests. The classes all seem incredibly interesting, it'll be difficult to choose exactly what to take!

McKenzie Culler

McKenzie Culler
2015
Mt. Airy, North Carolina
American Artists
What I like about American Studies:

I love the flexibility of the program. The core classes provide a solid foundational background that is supplemented by my own concentration that I can tailor to suit my specific interests. Painting, drawing, and sculpting

Ellery Dake

Ellery Dake
2013
Stanford, California
African-American Literature
What I like about American Studies:

The opportunities for interdisciplinary study are simply unprecedented within the American Studies major at Stanford. There is truly something for everyone in the field of American Studies. I enjoy running, and writing, in my spare time.

Taylor Dewberry

Taylor Dewberry
2014
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Race Relations and Social Justice
What I like about American Studies:

love the freedom we have to form a concentration that is truly tailored to our interests. Running and Exercising

Penelope Edmonds

Race & the Law in America
What I like about American Studies:
What I like about American Studies is that it enables one to obtain a well rounded education of America through various forms of culture and is not limited to strictly historical events. By looking at literature, music, and other forms of art from different time periods we are able to dissect the culture of that time, learn more about the people and causes that led to the making of history.
 

Allison Gold

Allison Gold
2015
New York City
Law and Government
What I like about American Studies:

To me, the American Studies major captures the struggle to understand and create a "more perfect union." Directing theater

April Gregory

April Gregory
2013
Redlands, California
Race & Education in the U.S.
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies allows me to connect my interests among various fields of study. From Human Biology to English to the Graduate School of Education, I've been able to dabble in multiple other departments that interest me. My major is completely individualized to me and what I want to study, rather than what I have to study.
I love running, writing, grocery shopping, coffee, and Twitter.

Claire Grover

Claire Grover
2013
Orinda, California
Media, Technology, and Culture
What I like about American Studies:

The interdisciplinary nature of the major, and the option to take courses in many different departments. I'm on the varsity rowing team, and love watching original HBO shows.

Jordan Huelskamp

Jordan Huelskamp
2017
Fresno, CA
American Journalism
What I like about American Studies:

For me, American Studies is a continual rediscovery of home. When I'm not in the library, you can probably find me outside reading old issues of National Geographic or overwatering my Bonsai tree.

Julia Ishiyama

Julia Ishiyama
2013
Palo Alto, California
Culture and Policy in the American West
What I like about American Studies:

I love being an American Studies major because of the flexibility it has afforded me in pursuing a specific interest from many different disciplinary perspectives. I can take classes in history, law, politics, and literature, all of which allow for a holistic understanding of one central topic that I got to create myself! I am a lifelong equestrian and love trying all different disciplines and exploring new places on horseback.

Asher Kaye

Asher Kaye
2016
Aurora, CO
Policy and Democracy
What I like about American Studies:

I love the interdisciplinary nature of the American Studies major--the ability to take courses in fields from History to Political Science to Sociology. It allows me to explore such a wide scope of information from a variety of approaches, and thus to develop an integrative approach to a topic or challenge. I am also majoring in Psychology and am involved with the Jewish Student Association Board and Jewish life on campus. Before college I would spend my free time reading books, but with the heavy reading load, I have found more relaxation from movies, and am working my way down the AFI's Top 100 Movies of All Time.

Doniel Kaye

Doniel Kaye
2015
Denver, Colorado
America from a global perspective
What I like about American Studies:

Academically, I have always been particularly fascinated by history and religious studies, and I have recently fostered an interest in psychology. My father is a rabbi and I have been to Israel numerous times. I attend prayer services frequently, and take part in the various festivals and meaningful ritual practices that accord with religious observance. Freely expressing my Jewish identity serves as a constant reminder to count my blessings, and to express my gratitude for living in a land that allows peoples of eclectic backgrounds to take part in the pursuit of happiness. In large part, what makes America great is the freedom to strive, to grow, and to be independent. In America, I see the wisdom of myriad cultures building off of each other. American Studies allows me to continue to nurture my interest in history, religion, and psychology in the context of the country I hold so dear. The department gives me the tools and flexibility to study areas of natural curiosity. In exploring the American psychology, America's relationship to the rest of the world, America's place in history, and American experiences with faith, I am not only probing areas of interest, but coming more in touch with my own identity. Growing up in sunny open Denver, Colorado, I developed a passion for the outdoors. I spend my winter and summer breaks skiing, hiking, biking, and camp counseling to maximize my time with the people, I love in a setting that I adore. Judaism is central to my life. I attended a Jewish Day school from K-12 grade.

Annie Kramer

Annie Kramer
2013
20th century war and politics, with a focus on atomic bomb history and the Cold War
What I like about American Studies:

I have benefited from the flexibility and latitude within the major to design a course of study that has proven challenging, stimulating, and exciting. The interdisciplinary nature of the program has provided valuable opportunities to complement my focus on 20th century American history with exploration of literature and culture. Mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains; skiing

Lindsay Lamont

2013
Connecticut
Inequality and Social Policy
What I like about American Studies:

I love the flexibility and breadth of classes available to students in the department to design unique concentrations and courses of study. Only in American Studies can I grasp a solid understanding of US history and the evolving nature of American culture, while also studying current issues and trends that affect policy and society today. I have always been fascinated by the intersection of history and the current state of the world; American Studies provides me with the opportunity, resources and intellectual space to do so.
I am absolutely obsessed with skiing, my family, friends, dramatic TV shows, politics and yes, Harry Potter.

Carly Lave

Carly Lave
2015
Hillsboro, Oregon
20th Century American Culture and Society
What I like about American Studies:

I love the freedom to design the major to be able to study a variety of subjects, from history to arts to literature. Dancing and theater

Kenna Little

Kenna Little
2017
Carmel, CA
American Religion
What I like about American Studies:

I love the ability to creatively personalize this major as well as its small community. Music

Miranda Mammen

Miranda Mammen
2014
New York City, New York
Gender and American Culture
What I like about American Studies:

Most of the classes for my major have been in History, Sociology, or English, which means I also get to think about the purpose of "disciplines" and the relative advantages of different critical lenses. Hiking and backpacking, feminism, and cheese.

Ivan Marquez

Ivan Marquez
2015
Woodridge, Illinois
Politics of Minority Healthcare
What I like about American Studies:

I like the inclusion of history most about the American studies major, especially when dealing with complex issues like healthcare, tracing the historical trajectory can be a useful tool. I enjoy playing soccer and listening to music.

Lindsay Mewes

Lindsay Mewes
2016
San Jose, CA
What I like about American Studies:

What I like about American Studies: I love the flexibility that the program offers. The freedom to take classes from a number of different departments allows students to cater to a range of interests, which I really enjoy and appreciate. Soccer and music

Carrie Monahan

New York, NY
slavery, race, urbanization, gender, literature, popular culture, 19th century, immigration
What I like about American Studies:

American studies gives me the opportunity to combine my interests in history and literature, and the ability to study American history from a creative lens. I am a writer of nonfiction, and I love the way that the American studies program allows me to historicize and broaden the scope of personal essays and investigative pieces.

Sophi Newman

Sophi Newman
2013
Sunnyvale, California
American Intellectual History
What I like about American Studies:

The way that studying the same issues, thinkers, and history through different lenses gives a nuanced understanding that's hard to achieve through one discipline alone. I love creative writing and computer science!

Thuy Nguyen

Thuy Nguyen
2013
San Jose, California
Law & Public Policy
What I like about American Studies:

I love the interdisciplinary nature of American studies because it provides students with the flexibility to explore their various interests and expand their knowledge base. I enjoy landscape photography, camping, volleyball, peach green tea, and seafood.

Jacob Nierenberg

Race & Dissent in Post-WWII America
What I like about American Studies:
I've often been asked by friends and family, "what exactly is American Studies?" To me, American studies looks at our nation's past through not just the historical lens, but through the cultural and the societal. Understand the past, and you understand the present; understand the present, and you can shape the future.

Tierney O'Rourke

Tierney O'Rourke
2013
Portland, Oregon
Women’s Legal History
What I like about American Studies:

Its flexibility allows me to explore a bunch of different subject areas while still retaining a sense of academic cohesion and interconnectedness. Evernote

Claire Patterson

Claire Patterson
2016
Redwood City, CA
Race & ethnicity--in particular, mixed race studies---in contemporary American culture
What I like about American Studies:

I love that American Studies is such a fundamentally interdisciplinary major--one that easily allow me to move between disciplines and interests to study American culture. I love singing and all kinds of music and am a professed pop culture addict.

Kady Richardson

2018
Orinda, CA
Sports and Leisure in American Popular Culture
What I like about American Studies:

The opportunity to examine the country that I grew up in is special, and I appreciate continually supplementing my understanding of what it means to be American. I also love that so many of the classes that sound fun to me on ExploreCourses always happen to end up being AmStud.

Will Robins

Will Robins
2014
Chappaqua, New York
Western Expansion in American History, Culture and Identity
What I like about American Studies:

It allows me to take a very interdisciplinary approach to historical topics I enjoy, and to realize the contemporary relevance of those topics. Numismatics. Varsity rower.

Gabriela Romero

2019
Santa Fe, NM
The History, Politics, and Culture of 19th Century America
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies allows me to explore my interests in American history, literature, and politics and analyze how these different disciplines have interacted to form a multiplicity of ever-evolving American identities.

Chelsea Rosenberg

Chelsea Rosenberg
2016
Wilmington, North Carolina
Women and the Law
What I like about American Studies:

I like the flexibility of American Studies. The program pushes students to explore diverse academic interestes, striking an excellent balance between specializing in a particular field and condsidering new realms of discovery.

Kathryn Rydberg

New Orleans, LA
Consumerism in America
What I like about American Studies:
I love American Studies because it allows me to study the ways that people interact with their environment. The culture of the United States is unique, and I love delving into the history, politics, and economics of this country. 
 

Sarah Sadlier

Sarah Sadlier
2016
Gig Harbor, WA
America's Role in War and International Security
What I like about American Studies:

The American Studies program provides the unique opportunity to explore American culture through art, literature, political science, and history. Running, dancing, learning languages, and writing poetry

Adam Schorin

2017
New York, NY
Books and Movies
What I like about American Studies:

Callan Showers

Minneapolis, MN
Gender and the law, race, social movements
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies encourages me to explore the intersections of seemingly separate facets of American life and history. I love the freedom and creativity the program allows and the modern relevance all of the classes hold.

Benina Stern

Benina Stern
2016
Los Angeles, CA
20th Century American Culture and Society
What I like about American Studies:

I like American Studies because of the interdisciplinary approach it takes to understand the United States—it showcases the diversity of my country. I am able to pursue my interests in art, theatre, and history and have the freedom to craft my own curriculum. Theatre, music making, singing, film watching

Carlos Valladares

2018
Los Angeles
American film, particularly classical and New Hollywood cinema
What I like about American Studies:

American studies allows me to pursue several disciplines with a broadness to subject matter that I can't get in other majors. There's so many interesting classes being offered on campus, and I'm glad AmStud is a possibility to take them all.

Molly Vorwerck

Molly Vorwerck
2014
Newport Beach, California
American Journalism, 19th and 20th Century American literature, culture and history.
What I like about American Studies:

My favorite thing about the American Studies major is the flexibility it gives me to pursue my specific intellectual interests, as well as explore other curiosities. The diverse range of (fascinating!) classes I can take to fulfill my major is a huge perk, too. I'm involved with The Stanford Daily and KZSU News, as well as serve as a Writing Tutor at the Hume Center. As you can tell, I love journalism and writing!

Christina Walker

Christina Walker
2013
The Effects of Media in American Culture
What I like about American Studies:

My favorite thing about American Studies is how flexible and interdisciplinary it can be. The core classes allow you build a strong base while at the same time allowing you to personalize it to your own interests. Tutoring elementary children

Ashley Westhem

Ashley Westhem
2016
Lake Tahoe, CA
Concentration in American government. Interested in American journalism and the Roaring Twenties through the Great Depression
What I like about American Studies:

I'm interested in all of the classes listed in the history, english, political science and communication departments and American Studies is the perfect major to allow me to explore all of my academic passions. I also want to go to law school so it allows me to get a lot of practice in reading and writing papers for lengths on end. I am the voice of Stanford women's basketball for KZSU and a sports editor/writer for The Stanford Daily. Outside of Stanford I love to waterski!

Robert Wilkins

Robert Wilkins
2017
Atlanta, GA
What I like about American Studies:

American Studies give me the chance to explore my interests in economics and finance while also getting exposure to all the parts of American Culture I'm interested in. Hip hop dance, photography, jump-rope