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RESEARCH PROJECTS

American Studies honors dinner

Photo taken at the first American Studies Honors dinner, where faculty come
to celebrate students who were inducted into the national American Studies
honor society as well as students who are doing honors in American Studies.

Many American Studies majors choose to complete an Honors project on a topic of their interest. Most or all of the work associated with an Honors project is done in the senior year, though it may be begun earlier, and culminates in a research or critical paper or its counterpart in the creative arts.

Similarly, Senior Seminar is run as a group independent study; each student is asked to pick a topic of their own design with advising from a professor. The students complete a large-scale, (approximately fifty pages) research paper with many academic sources. Some of them are on the scale of an Honors Project.

Honors Topics

  • Bradley P. Gordon '09: Access and Education: Retaining Vermont's Human Capital and Social Integrity Through Higher Education
    Adviser: Jack Harris
  • Emily K. Pelletier '05: An Exploration of American Identity and its Portrayal in American Literature
    Adviser: Daniel Singal
  • Annmarie Yannaco '00: The social history of women as represented in literature
    Adviser: Eric Patterson
American Studies honors dinner

Senior Seminar Topics

  • Isaac Gilman '10: The political and economic controversy in major cities around subsidized stadium building projects
  • Annalise Van Houten '09: Exploring changing constructions of American female adolescence, and how it has been affected by commercialization and mass marketing, focusing on the analysis of advertising and mass entertainment
  • Lauren Burke '08: the socialization of women through mass culture and how it has changed since the early 20th C.
  • Lauren Gary '08: Developing progressive anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic teaching curricula for secondary schools
  • John Kendrick '08: History of the Viet Nam War
  • Emma Leslie '05: The economic and social history of Los Angeles
  • Audrey Southern '05: The protests around the global economic conferences in Seattle and Miami, the anarchist movements involved in the protests, and the evolution of police/state strategies of repression of protest
  • Brie Becker '03: American urban history and policy