American Studies

Ivan Boekelheide - American Visual Culture

After graduation, Ivan went to Thailand and Myanmar where he spent nearly two years as a teacher. On returning to the U.S., he completed a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Currently, Ivan works as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Area of Concentration Courses

American Studies 110: Advertising America
Film 108: Silent Films
Film 108: Animation
History of Art 185A: American Art from 1800
American Studies H110: American National Character (Honors Seminar)
Political Science 109F: Special Topics in American Politics


"'Deadwood': A Western Reborn or the Rebirth of the Western?"

The Western has long held an important place in American cinema, and its role has evolved with the changing culture of American society. Through a structural analysis of the HBO series, Deadwood, Ivan Boekelheide’s thesis argues that the Western no longer foregrounds the search for heroic morality, preferring to delight in social and moral ambiguities.

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