Profile of Graduates

Class of 2012

Yi-Ning Chiu : - Race, Nation, and International Relations, 1945-Present

After graduating in 2012, Yi-Ning worked briefly for an online education startup before returning to the American Studies department, where she was a section leader for American Studies 10: "Hollywood: The Place, the Industry, the Fantasy."  After continuing to work as a Reader for American Studies courses and co-pastoring the college fellowship of Ark Ministries of Berkeley, a local non-denominational, multi-ethnic church, Yi-Ning joined the team at Year Up, an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by equipping urban young adults ages 18-24 to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  She works there as an Internship Services Specialist.

David Swatt : - Environmental Management and Policy

Since graduation in 2012, David returned to Los Angeles, and began a full-time career selling residential real estate with the highest grossing office in the United States, Coldwell Banker-Beverly Hills North.

Class of 2009

Cleavon Gilman : - Diversity and Mobility in the U.S.

After graduating in 2009, Cleavon completed a post-Baccalaureate in Physiology at California State University East Bay.  In 2016 he became of Doctor of Medicine after completing training at UCSF.

Jessica Gresham : - Twentieth Century American Culture

Jessica graduated with honors in 2009, and she currently works as a Veterinary Assistant at the San Francisco SPCA.

Adrienne Johnson : - Consumer Society & Contemporary American Culture

The Departmental Citation Winner for 2009, Adrienne recently completed her PhD in the Modern Thought and Literature program at Stanford.  Titled Diet and the Disease of Civilization, 1977-2008, Adrienne's dissertation analyzes how instructional texts — diet books, nutrition policy, medical research — have measured civilization by the human costs of social progress.  Other academic publications include articles on competitive eating, Paleo diet mythologies, dude ranches, locavorism, and grocery store couponing. She also writes for popular, non-academic audiences in BuzzFeed Food and Gastronomica.

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