Every time I tell someone I majored in American studies in college, I get the same response: “Oh, so like, history?” No, not exactly, at least not the history you’re thinking of. Sure, we learn a little bit of history, but we also learn literature, and music, and politics, as well as how to research,
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. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00144940.2020.1868390
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. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00144940.2020.1820932 What Barn? The Dialectical Revolt of
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. https://www.kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php…
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.
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. https://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/alabama_12-year-olds_lynching.html
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
The Department of American Studies congratulates Sylvio Lynch III (MA, 2014) of Richmond, VA for successfully completing his qualifying exams for a Ph.D. in American Studies at Bowling Green State University. We wish him all the best in his dissertation writing!