Profile of Graduates

Class of 2009

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.

Everardo Mora : - City Planning, Public Policy, and Minority Communities

As one of four recipients of the 2009 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, Everardo Mora received $20,000 and a Visiting Scholar placement at UC Berkeley in order to continue his research on "cannery culture." His goal was to produce a narrative infused with the voices, stories, and experiences of Latino cannery workers in order to better understand ethnic diversity, the culture of mass production, language and literacy, and identity construction on the shop floor of the last full-scale cannery to close in the Silicon Valley, a valley that once was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. Everardo currently works as a Project Manager at Orton Development, Inc.

Folasade Scott : - The Mind, the Arts, and Education in America

Since 2009 Folasade has been privileged to enrich people’s lives as a minister, teacher, counselor, and mentor, serving in various parts of the US, as well as Jamaica and Haiti; she has also remotely served people in other countries such as Qatar, Pakistan, Kenya, and Canada. Folasade specializes in restoration and development of the whole person; authentic identity expression; basic and academic life skills development; global community awareness and service; sustainability; and creative expression. She also serves as a consultant and collaborator with organizations and individuals who desire to enrich people’s lives holistically. These services are expressed through two business entities that Folasade founded and directs: a non-profit corporation called Violent Faith Ministries International Inc. and a for-profit business called Redeeming the Time. Folasade is currently completing a Master's program at Winston-Salem State University called Teaching English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics; she plans to pursue a PhD in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University.

Class of 2008

Josh Begley : - Race, Identity, and Narrative in the U.S.

Josh Begley is a data artist and web developer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the creator of Metadata+, an iPhone app that tracks U.S. drone strikes. His work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. 
 
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Josh currently works at The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media. See more at joshbegley.com

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