Profile of Graduates

Class of 2015

Neha Goel : - Race, Politics, and Culture

After graduation, Neha, a double major in American Studies and Psychology, moved to the other side of the Bay to serve as the Project Manager for the Healthy Body Image Study at Stanford University and Palo Alto University. This clinical psychology research study aims to improve body image culture on college campuses by offering a suite of programs that are designed to prevent and treat the onset of eating disorder symptomology amongst college women. Neha hopes to attend a clinical psychology doctoral program in the Fall of 2017 and will utilize the racial, social, and political awareness that she gained from her American Studies courses in her future work as a clinician. Neha’s ultimate goal is to work at the intersection of cultural and clinical psychology in order to address the stigma of mental health that affects all individuals, most especially people of color. 

Alexander Lee-Thomas : - Race and Representation

After graduation, Alexander returned to southern California to spend time with family and pursue internships.  In the Fall of 2015, he will enter the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.  With an MFA, Alexander will work in television and film to increase representation of people of color and "create a new wave in motion pictures."

Tommy Statkiewicz : - Intersectionality in American Social and Cultural Spaces

UC Berkeley and the American Studies department have afforded Tommy a newfound voice and confidence that he graciously embodies. While he finalized his senior honors thesis on trans*undocu individuals in America, Tommy apprenticed on three local queer films to indulge his creative instinct. He also completed his Board of Immigration Appeals Level 1 Accredited Representative status with Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) and was hired as their Legal Services Coordinator in June of 2015. Tommy plans to attend law school in the fall of 2017 so that he may continue empowering and supporting LGBTQ and undocumented communities. Tommy feels fortunate to have the support of his wife, Clara Mae, with whom he loves exploring the American landscape via road trips and someday plans to travel beyond U.S. borders.

 

Allison Wallace : - Race, Gender, and the American Body

After graduation, Allison began working full-time at nonprofit that helps low-income students earn four-year degrees. As a Development and Communications Coordinator, Allison writes grants, crafts promotional material, and supports all philanthropic engagement activities. Though Allison no longer writes cultural studies papers, she thinks about questions of race, nationhood, gender, belonging, and bodies (among other American Studies topics) daily.

Class of 2014

Anavictoria Avila : - Family, Violence, and Youth Development

After graduation in May 2014, Anavictoria returned to Southern California to provide post-surgery recovery care for her mother.  She also worked with several community organizations to develop pilot projects for training Anaheim’s youth in civic awareness and engagement.  With the many policy and political changes occurring in the City of Anaheim, Anavictoria wanted to support her community’s youth throughout summer projects so that their voices and concerns influence current policy discussions.  Anavictoria is currently a 2L at Northwestern School of Law, where she hopes to build from the substantive and practical foundation that her American Studies Major provided for serving and advocating for her community.

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