Justin Branum, 2022 Beijing Olympics

Justin Branum, who earned a M.A. in American Studies and graduated in 2021, published a op-ed surrounding the 2022 Olympics. Justin Branum: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics showed our resiliency, allowing the 2022 Beijing Olympics to go as scheduled would be a denial of human rights

Undergraduate Alum Publishes Essay

Hannah Dillashaw, who earned a BA in American Studies and graduated in 2020, published an essay, “‘Ain’t Never Done Anything but Sing”: Understanding Betsy through Her Canary, in the Explicator. She first explored the topic in Dr. Hubbs’s class AMS 465: Fictions of American Identity.  

Congratulations to Riecher Denmark

Congratulations to Riecher Denmark, an MA student in American Studies, who published an essay, What Barn? The Dialectical Revolt of Sarah Penn in Freeman’s “Revolt of ‘Mother’,” which appears in the Explicator. Reicher first produced this work in Dr. Hubbs’s class, AMS 565: Fictions of American Identity. What Barn? The Dialectical Revolt of

Former MA American Studies published book

Bryan Jack, an alumnus (MA American Studies 1996), Associate Professor of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and lives in St. Louis, MO. He recently wrote Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights 1976-2016 and is published by the University Press of Kentucky.…

M.A. alum publishes article

Emily Tarvin published “YOU LOOK DISGUSTING: A Case Study of the YouTube Beauty Community,” in the Fall 2018 issue of Studies in Popular Culture. Emily is currently enrolled in the Texts and Technology doctoral program at the University of Central Florida and teaches a Cultural Studies course there.

AMS Alum in Documentary on Lynching

Lily Hoyle, a 12-year-old from Mobile, AL, created a short documentary about the 1981 lynching of 19-year-old Michael Donald, “The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama.” An AMS alumnus, Derek Barry, now an American Studies teacher at the Alabama School of Math and Science, appears as a guest commentator in the film.

AMS Alum Savannah Harper Publishes in The Explicator

The American Studies Department is pleased to congratulate Savannah Harper, whose essay “Greenery as a Symbol of Immigrant Hardship and Vulnerability in Gish Jen’s Typical American” appears in the latest issue of The Explicator, a scholarly journal focused on text-based criticism. Savannah, who earned her AMS degree from UA in 2016, wrote the paper for