Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Make Me a Sandwich: A Cultural History of the Domestic Kitchen in 19th Century America

By: Carter Goffigon '14
Faculty Adviser: Jim Downs

When the Mainstream Met the Second Wave: Media Representations of Women & Feminism in 1970s America

By: Annie Anderson '12
Faculty Adviser: Catherine Stock

“Hey Young World”: Hip-Hop as a Tool for Educational and Rehabilitative Work with Youth

By: Heather Day '09
Faculty Adviser: Theresa Ammirati


Student profile

Carter Goffigon Carter Goffigon

American studies, dance

Q: Why American Studies?
A: Like most freshmen, my interests were all over the place. But I was interested in the experience and history of people. I also wanted to nurture my interest in art, culture and gender studies. A friend suggested I look into American Studies. I took the intro class with Professor [James] Downs and was hooked.

Q: Which class has been most challenging or rewarding?
A: The "19th Century America" seminar. We read an entire book each week, developed an analytical argument and wrote a short response paper. Crafting an insightful and organized analysis was by no means easy, but it was so rewarding. The nine of us in class met weekly for an exhausting and thrilling three hours led by Professor Downs that strengthened my skills as a historian, writer and thinker.

Q: What independent or faculty-led research have you done?
A: A ConnSSHARP grant gave me the opportunity to work with Professor Downs on his book about cholera, epidemiology and transnationalism in the 19th century. I spent the summer analyzing documents in the NY Public Library and the NY Academy of Medicine, and met with Professor Downs regularly to discuss my findings. I gained invaluable insight into the research process and what it means to be a historian as I move ahead with my own honors thesis: Domestic Kitchens in 19th Century America.

Selected courses

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Theorizing Race and Ethnicity
  • Politics and Culture in the United States Since 1917
  • History of Sexuality in the U.S.
  • Latin American Immigration
  • Globalization and American Culture Since 1945


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