Anna Christensen entered the American Studies program in Fall 2020 as a MA student. She received her BA in English from the University of California, Irvine, with a minor in Humanities and Law. Anna is interested in the relationships between literature, history, and culture, and the ways in which each of these affects the others. She has also conducted research on the parallels between the American empire and empires of the past, and the implications that these similarities and differences may have upon the current state of US government and society.
Where did you go for undergrad and what did you study?
I earned five associate degrees at Saddleback College before transferring to the University of California, Irvine, where I graduated cum laude with a BA in English and a minor in Humanities and Law.
Why did you choose GW?
I chose GW for the intersection between program and location - being able to pursue American Studies while surrounded by the places and monuments that commemorate America, for better or for worse.
Is there one book/piece of media that inspired you to pursue the field of American Studies? If so, which one and why?
While at UCI, I read 1984 for a class that looked at the connections between literature and the First Amendment. That class, and George Orwell's novel, inspired me to investigate and to ultimately pursue American Studies!
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I don't know if I can narrow it down to one spot, but I love the tranquility of being by a lake or river surrounded by autumnal foliage, preferably with a crisp fall breeze and the sound of the water breaking the stillness.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
That's a tough one, but right now I'd have to say Carrie Underwood... either Blown Away or Storyteller.