Zachary Brown is a PhD student in American Studies who entered the department in 2018. Prior to studying at GW, he earned his B.A. in History and English at the University of Florida. His research interests include political media, cultural theory, and critical theory.
What are you studying/working on right now?
Acclimating myself to D.C. life and getting a grip (as best I can) on the basics of cultural theory.
Where/what did you study as an undergraduate?
I studied History and English at the University of Florida
Why American Studies and why GW?
I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research.
If you were stuck on an island and could only have one book to read, which would you choose?
Probably a guide to surviving on an island.
What American city would you spend the rest of your life in and why?
Berkeley! The weather is wonderful (minus earthquakes) and there are plenty of amazing green spaces.
What advice would you give to GW undergraduates in American Studies?
Go to office hours! I know it's cliché, but meeting with professors and getting to know them reveals plenty of opportunities and can help you figure out your own interests.