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American Studies

Research Opportunities

American studies courses stress the development of rigorous, critical reading and research skills. Majors can build on these skills by receiving funding to work in collaboration with faculty mentors during the summer as Emerson Fellows. Students' knowledge of the world and habits of critical thinking are enhanced by closely working with their professors, who are themselves active in their own specialties. Conducting research is crucial to helping you frame and integrate what you have learned in the classroom.

 

Shannon O'Brien '15
O’Brien ’15 Researches Food Justice Organizations

Shannon O’Brien ’15, the recipient of an Emerson Grant, is spending her summer researching food justice organizations under the guidance of Associate Professor of Africana Studies Angel David Nieves. In her project titled “Examining the Community-Building Efforts of Food Justice Organizations in Philadelphia,” O’Brien hopes to determine how and to what extent food justice organizations actually contribute to the sense of community in Philadelphia.  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, during a 2013 Emerson research expedition with Professor John McEnroe.
26 Students Awarded Emerson Research Grants

Recipients of the 2014 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the  program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

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