Profile of Graduates

Class of 2009

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

Class of 2007

Ivan Boekelheide : - American Visual Culture

Upon graduating in May 2007, Ivan went to Thailand and Myanmar where he spent nearly two years as a teacher. On returning to the U.S., Ivan completed a Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  Currently, Ivan works to strengthen economic relations between the U.S. and Southeast Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Catherine O'Neal : - American Popular Culture

Since graduation in 2007 Catherine has kept herself busy in an array of activities from working in museums to Latin America travels.  After years of managing the Lululemon store in Berkeley, she currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she works as a bartender and yoga instructor.

Class of 2006

Ramzi Fawaz : - American Popular Culture

The Departmental Citation Winner for 2006, Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. His book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, published by NYU Press as part of their series Post-Millennial Pop in January 2016, explores how the American superhero came to embody the political aspirations of racial, gender, and sexual minorities in the post-WWII period. Ramzi is a former fellow of the Social Science Research Council and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, which awarded his manuscript the 2012-2013 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best first book project in LGBT Studies. His essays have been published in American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly. His next book project develops a new theory of affect through the study of the cultural politics and literary production of Gay Liberation since the 1970s.