Student Spotlight

Each week, we feature in our newsletter a current or former student or member of our faculty who is emblematic of the talent of American Studies.

Zaynab Quadri

Zaynab Quadri

Zaynab Quadri is a PhD student in the American Studies Department. She received her B.A. in History with honors from Northwestern University in 2015, where she was also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.
Colleen Shalby

Colleen Shalby

Colleen Shalby is a graduate of GW's American Studies department. She now works at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter.

Mackenzie Roberts

Mackenzie Roberts

Mackenzie Roberts is a graduate of GW's American Studies department. She now works an Assistant Public Defender at the Alexandria Public Defender's Office.

Brydie O'Connor

Brydie O'Connor

Brydie O'Connor is a graduate of GW's American Studies Department.

Brooke Schlesinger

Brooke Schlesinger

Brooke Schlesinger is a graduate of GW's American Studies Department. She has gone on to work at TEDx and currently is employed at Ad Council.
Vyta Baselice

Vyta Baselice

Vyta Baselice entered the PhD program in Fall 2016. She is interested in the intersecting histories of architecture, materials, historic preservation, capitalism and labor.

Jesslyn Zakes

Jesslyn Zakes

American Studies major Jesslyn Zakes (BA ’20) traveled to the Phil Ochs archive at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in March 2020, with support from Columbian College and the Department of American Studies.
Becky Beaulieu

Becky Beaulieu

Becky Beaulieu is a graduate of GW's American Studies department. She is currently the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut.