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.

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.
Sam Citarella Photo

Samantha Citarella


Photo Credit: (c) 2019 AE Fletcher Photography

This week we are featuring Sam Citarella, MA '18 in our weekly alumni spotlight!

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.
Kyle Riismandel

Kyle Riismandel

Kyle Riismandel is a 2010 graduate of GW's American Studies PhD program and is a cultural historian of cities, suburbs, media, and technology in recent American history.

American Studies in action: Torrey Sanders 

American Studies alum Torrey Sanders (BA ’17) has been putting her American Studies degree into practice, leading an effort to protect, preserve and promote the histories of Black Charlestonians. Read more about her work below!
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.

Chelsea

Chelsea Halling-Nye

Chelsea Halling-Nye is an M.A. graduate of GW's American Studies department.

Brydie O'Connor

Brydie O'Connor

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

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.