Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the American Studies program are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2019

Kessa Andrews, Selling the Suburban American Dream to Modern Consumers: The Cooptation of “Family Diversity” by Obama Era Advertisers, 2019, American Studies (AMST)

Jesse Barrera-Ledezma, The Elusive Quest for Equality? U.S. Education Policy in the Post-Brown v. Board Era, 2019, American Studies (AMST)

Sydney Botz, The Unforeseen Consequences of Chromebooks in Public Education: Rethinking the Digitally Intimate Relationship between Google and Students, 2019, American Studies (AMST)

Maya Margolis, Water Bottles, Mosques, and Bombs: Found Objects in the Barry M. Goldwater Range, 2019, American Studies (AMST)

Noah Robiner, “A Store for the Neighborhood”: Kowalski’s Markets and a Vision for Democratic Renewal, 2019, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2018

Emma Magdalen Bruhl, Redoubt Falls: Local Impacts of Alaska Native Reparations, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Adriana Castillo, Mi Tienda: Finding a Home Away from Home and Cultural Importance Within a Business, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Victor Manuel Huerta, Echoes of the Law: Madrigal v. Quilligan and the Reproduction of Hierarchy in the Twentieth Century, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Natalie Simone Jacobson, American Bounty, American Hunger: Bridging the Gap Between Food Abundance and Food Scarcity in Northfield and Faribault, Minnesota, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Allison S. Tucker, So Far from Community: Concerts, Collaborative Consumption, and the Commodification of Community, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Will Daniel Yetvin, The Organization Formerly Known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: HIAS' Organizational Development and the Invention of Jewish American Tradition, 2018, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2016

Jeffrey M. Bissoy-Mattis, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: A Narrative on Race, Class, and Black Brotherhood, 2016, American Studies (AMST)

Sophie Hammond Buchmueller, Beauty is a Human Right: Three Examples of Social Practice Art and Their Impact on Local Communities, 2016, American Studies (AMST)

Anna K.L. Guasco, From Devil Fish to Friendly Leviathan: Guilty Wildlife Histories and American Gray Whale Ecotourism in Baja, 2016, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2015

Lilly Athamanah, Ride Like the Wind: Divvy Bike Share's Function as Sustainable Mass Transit or Tourist Attraction in the City of Chicago, 2015, American Studies (AMST)

Charles Thomas Gillmer, I'd rather drink a beer than win father of the year: The Satire of Fatherhood in The Simpsons, 2015, American Studies (AMST)

Anna Kathleen Lascher Guasco, Anacapa and the American Sublime: Perceptions and Representations in Channel Islands National Park, 2016, American Studies (AMST)

Victoria Rae Ostenso, Healthy Food y La Comida Saludable: Perspectives on Healthy Eating from Mexican Immigrant Women in the Borderlands, 2015, American Studies (AMST)

Hannah Jane Reed, In Defense of Babies: Framing the Family Cap in American Welfare Reform, 2015, American Studies (AMST)

Raina van Duym, Duck for Turkey Day: Immigrant Celebration of Thanksgiving and Assimilation in the United States, 2015, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2014

Mary Dahlman Begley, Wake Up, It's Over: Punk in American Culture Today, 2014, American Studies (AMST)

Phoebe Lynn Chastain, Save the Orphans: An Examination of Media Response to Operation Babylift, April 1975, 2014, American Studies (AMST)

Matt Weinstein, Strength through Love: Utilizing syncretism and pluralism to build broad political consensus, 2014, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2013

Laura Katherine Henry, I run to be sexy. I run to be strong. : Representations of Gender Difference in American Women's Running Culture, 2013, American Studies (AMST)

Sam Edward James Kavanaugh, The Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl: Community in Costume, 2013, American Studies (AMST)

Anne O. Richardson, ... A Moment That is Mine, While I'm in Between... : Female Adolescent Identity Development in America's Suburbs, 2013, American Studies (AMST)

Deborah Ann Wong, What We Talk About When We Talk About Diversity: International Student Experiences as Foreigners in the United States, 2013, American Studies (AMST)

Winnie Belle Zwick, Conventional Farming, Unconventional Farmers: Reflections on 21st Century Agrarianism from Northfield, MN, 2013, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2012

Lily Evans, All That Jazz: Filling in American Jazz History with its Unsung Voices, 2012, American Studies (AMST)

Ben Hellerstein, Building the Streetcar City: The West Seventh Neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Role of Transportation in Creating Place, 2012, American Studies (AMST)

Rachel Shizue Kittaka, Teaching Japanese American Incarceration: A Curricular History from 1968 to the Present, 2012, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2011

Kelley Jane England, Education through Exploration: A Case Study of Children, Science, and the Environment Culminating in an Alternative Approach to Elementary Education, 2011, American Studies (AMST)

Myla Fay, Paradox in the American Desert: The Salton Sea, 2011, American Studies (AMST)

Julia Diane Reid, Miscegenation on Trial: To Kill a Mockingbird and the Doctrine of Interracial Intimacy, 2011, American Studies (AMST)

Richard Scheele, The American High School: A Negotiation of Power, 2011, American Studies (AMST)

Submissions from 2010

Ariana Beth Kiener, Latino Students in Northfield: Toward a Better Future in America, 2010, American Studies (AMST)

Joanna Rose Plotz, Read at Your Own Risk! Tracing Adolescent and Parent Reception of Judy Blume's "Forever," 1975 to the Present, 2010, American Studies (AMST)

Julia Ariel Rindler, Playing with American Identity: Margins and Mainstreams in American Girl's Construction of Nationality, 2010, American Studies (AMST)