Many American Studies majors go on to pursue graduate study in related disciplines. One recent honors student is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at UC San Diego; another is pursuing a History Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. Another recent alumna is currently working for the Teach for America program in Hawai'i. As an interdisciplinary major, American Studies offers a high degree of flexibility and provides a broad and attractive range of skills.
Jeanine Navarrete '10
Following my graduation from Wellesley in June 2010, I worked for one year as an assistant on an oral history and exhibition development project at HistoryMiami (formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida) that documented the youth experiences of Miami, FL residents from the 1930s to present day. The project allowed me to continue my work on post WWII youth culture and history that I began as an American Studies student at Wellesley, and develop my background in regional history and oral history collection. In the years prior to my position at HistoryMiami, I had also held research internships at the National Museum of American History and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In August 2011, I enrolled in the M.A./PhD program in U.S. History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My current research examines identity formation and assimilation in the Cuban-American diaspora in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to my coursework, I am a Weiss Fellow at the UNC Graduate School and an apprentice teacher for the introductory history course "The World since 1945."
Emily Zia '10
After (barely) surviving the trials of writing her senior thesis in American Studies, Emily is currently a 2010 corps member with Teach For America, a nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate America's educational achievement gap by sending corps members to underprivileged and struggling schools. She teaches 7th and 8th grade special education in a fully self-contained setting (teaching all subjects to the same students) at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawai'i. Once she finishes her commitment with Teach For America, Emily plans on attending law school, with the goal of working in public policy, perhaps in education or social justice. In between all of the lesson planning and teaching, Emily thinks about Wellesley and how much she misses everything about it--except for the harsh Massachusetts winters.