Natasha Dorman


Natasha Dorman is a M.A student in the American Studies department. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Tampa and M.A in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. After several years working in higher education, her academic pursuits and research interest led her to return to her academic passions by pursuing a degree in American Studies. Her research aims to examine gender, sexuality, identity and race within elite African American communities.

Student Spotlight

Where did you go for undergrad and what did you study?

I majored in History at the University of Tampa. 

Why did you choose GW? 

The department’s interdisciplinary curriculum and my interest in working with various primary source materials aligned to make American Studies the ideal choice. The reputation and academic rigor of the program were also appealing because I wanted to align with other peers and faculty deeply devoted to broadening the scope of the discipline. 

Is there one book/piece of media that inspired you to pursue the field of American Studies? If so, which one and why? 

Margo Jefferson’s memoir Negroland, unleased my fascination with American culture. The interplay of gender norms, race and sexuality in the hidden world of the elite black upper class presented led to my research topic. 

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

Savannah, GA - the city’s history is so intimate, the historic downtown streets engulf you. It represents for me a complex and modern example of the romanticism of location in Southern Gothic novels. 

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon – Daily infusions of melancholy dramatics are a must for me, the Baroque pop style is perfectly aligned with its themes of tortured romances and escapism. Probably not everyday listening for most consumers, but it resonates with me because it's deeply poetic at its core.