Joe LoyaconoBustos is an MA student in American Studies at the George Washington University where he is most interested in exploring the connection between cultural theory and collective liberation. He holds a BA in Feminist and Gender Studies from Colorado College and has previously worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, congressional staffer, and librarian.
What are you studying/working on right now?
I am mostly trying to build a foundation in Cultural Studies in order to better parse out exactly what area(s) are most interesting to me. I am currently ruminating on representations of masculinity in popular music and the decolonization of academic spaces.
Where/what did you study as an undergraduate?
I majored in Feminist and Gender Studies at Colorado College.
Why American Studies and why GW?
I was and am attracted to the AMST program at GW because of the breadth of subjects represented. I am a firm advocate of an interdisciplinary education and thought this program would allow me a good level of intellectual and disciplinary freedom.
If you were stuck on an island and could only have one book to read, which would you choose?
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
What American city would you spend the rest of your life in and why?
There is no way I could choose! Instead, I would elect to continuously wander.
What advice would you give to GW undergraduates in American Studies?
Take time to explore as much of American Studies as you possibly can, there is an amazing variety in the field and chances are there is a community of people doing something that speaks to you. Also, make friends with the department's grad students! We are a friendly and welcoming cohort and are a great resource for both friendly conversation and intellectual collaboration.