Class Notes, Fall 2017

October 2, 2017

Cliff Andersson, BA ’84, went the financial route and is a financial advisor in Baltimore, Md. He has been with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch since 1990.

Rebekah Beaulieu, BA ’03, completed her PhD in American and New England studies at Boston University. She also published her first book, Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, with Rowman & Littlefield Press in 2017.

Jean Bernard, BA ’70, retired after 30 years of freelance copy editing. She has enjoyed much travel, including Vietnam and Cambodia in January 2018. She has an adorable 2-year-old grandson living in Manhattan with her daughter and son-in-law.

Eric Darnell, BA ’16, moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue a career in entertainment after graduation. He is currently a music assistant at Creative Artists Agency.

Anthony DiPaolo, BA ’80, is living and working in the Boston area running a retail company. He also sits on two boards of directors, one for an art center the other for a fashion company in L.A.

Julie Elman, PhD ’09, is currently in her sixth year as assistant professor of women's & gender studies at the University of Missouri. She recently won MU's highest award for junior faculty teaching excellence. Her research also appears in Disability Media Studies (NYUP, 2017).

Ramzi Fawaz, PhD ’12, received the joint award for the 2017 Association for the Studies of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Book Prize for his book The New Mutants (New York University Press).

Mark Kates, BA ’82, continues to operate as a music manager at his company Fenway Recordings based in Boston. Recently his biggest clients MGMT launched their fourth album cycle.

Kalie Kelman, BA ’10, recently moved to New York City after spending two years at a venture-backed, high-growth start up in Phoenix, Ariz. She is currently managing operations for mllnnl, an advertising agency specializing in paid social media marketing.

C. Robert Kemble, PhD ’67, has had three careers in his 92 years: 1) Military: WWII  USMA & Army commands. This morphed into higher ed work: West Point faculty (American Studies programs); author; 10 year president of Lamar U. He served as a NM Cabinet Secty; still active in Albuquerque.

Michael La Place, BA ’85, is a proud colonial. He is the director of planning and economic development for Passaic County, N.J. He received both his BA and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from GW.

Scott Larson, PhD ’17, is a lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Graham Long, BA ’05, has returned to Washington, working for freshman New York Representative Tom Suozzi. He is assisting with infrastructure, housing, small business and LGBTQ issues, among other responsibilities.

Joseph Malherek, PhD ’15, is the 2017-18 Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies at the University of Vienna.

Robert Michaels, BA ’74, was elected the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Housing Partnership of Northern New Jersey. The Housing Partnership is a NeighborWorks-chartered nonprofit that provides first time homebuyer education and foreclosure prevention counseling.

Jason Michálek, MA ’17, has been busy applying to PhD programs since obtaining his master’s to continue studying cyberculture. He is currently applying the skills he developed to work as a freelance researcher and consultant for various public sector industries in the DMV.

Michael Miller, MA ’91, is as a psychotherapist. “Knowledge of culture aids in this task immensely!”

Eid Mohamed, MA, PhD ’11, is currently based in Doha as an assistant professor of American studies and comparative literature. Together with Dr. Melani McAlister, Eid is organizing a major international conference on American studies in Doha in January 2018.

Elizabeth Natsios, MA ’07, serves on the (architectural) Design Review Board for the City of College Station, Texas. She is also involved in a preservation project in Maine as a member of the Swan's Island Lighthouse Committee.

Pat Nugent, PhD ’16, was awarded the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s 2017 John Reps Prize for best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history for his dissertation, “The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics in New York City’s ‘Last Frontier.’”

Alex Nyerges, BA ’79, is director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of the nation's 10 largest comprehensive art museums. The VMFA is the only art museum in America open 365 days a year and offers free general admission to all.

Deborah Schwartz, BA ’85, is an assistant professor in the English Department at Bunker Hill Community College where she teaches writing and American literature, fondly thinking of her amazing American studies and literature professors at GW.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, was recently named a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Sally Stokes, MA ’75, was a panelist at the Art Libraries Society of North America 44th annual conference in Seattle discussing "Engaging Change: Thriving amidst Shifting Library Landscapes," organized by GW Art and Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller, BA ’07. Sally also presented "Fashionable Fractals: Finding the Message in Midcentury Fashion Advertising Art," at the October 2016 "Fashion, Now and Then" conference at LIM College in New York.  The presentation focused on using fractal concept analysis to unpack meaning in three different dress advertisements from the 1950s.

Emily Sturgess, BA ’08, married Chris Sturgess on May 13, 2017 at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. Fellow Colonials Ali Scotti, BA ’08, Anne Oblinger Pohlman, BA ’08 and Christina Vazquez Mauricio, BA ’08 were in attendance.

Wendy Wasserman, MA ’00, is putting her American studies degree to work as the communications director for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership with a mission to strengthen economic growth in Appalachian region.