American Studies alumni pursue a wide variety of career paths, including media, law, public service, economics, museum curation, arts and entertainment, historic preservation and urban planning. Some of our graduates have launched their own businesses, while others have pursued advanced degrees and now teach at world-class institutions.
Our alumni include:
Kevin Strait, PhD '10, and Paul Gardullo, PhD '06, curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Amy Kurland, BA ’77, founder of the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn.
Mark Kates, BA ’82, music artist manager who ran The Beastie Boys’ label
Betsy May-Salazar, MA ’91, chief operating officer of the National Building Museum
Susan Montgomery, MA ’99, vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation