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 2023

Ellen Schlick, American Studies (AMST) 2023, The Innocent Outlaw: How Extralegal Violence Built Western Democracy

Submissions from 2022

Palina Buchanan, American Studies (AMST) 2022, Buchanans in the Pacific Northwest: Constructing Scottish Settler Belonging and Innocence Through Selective Family Oral Histories

Natalie Lafferty, American Studies (AMST) 2022, The Monster of Mental Illness: The Representation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Mental Health in American Culture

Siena Leone-Getten, American Studies (AMST) 2022, American Individualism: White Supremacy, Patriarchy, and the Curtailing of American Democracy

Thomas White, American Studies (AMST) 2022, Curating a Self(ie): The Expression of Friendship on Instagram

Submissions from 2021

Rebecca McCartney, American Studies (AMST) 2021, Acting in(to) Utopia: Shifting Power & Resilience to the People

Venecia Mitchell, American Studies (AMST) 2021, In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Rise of Charter Schools in New Orleans and its Impact on Black Youth

Sasha Mothershead, American Studies (AMST) 2021, Pandemics as Perpetuation, Pandemics as Portal: An Examination of the Complicated Role of State Expansion in Pandemic-Based Movements for Change

Submissions from 2020

Clara Liang, American Studies (AMST) 2020, “A Church Without Walls”: Glide Memorial (Methodist) Church and Postsecular Potential in Urban Religion

Sarah Lieberman, American Studies (AMST) 2020, The Basel Effect: Global Art World Impacts on Local Neighborhood Culture in Wynwood, Miami

Submissions from 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2016

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

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

Submissions from 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2014

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

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

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

Submissions from 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2012

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

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

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

Submissions from 2011

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2010

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

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

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