Student Spotlight

Current and former students talk about the American Studies program at Miami University.

Sarah Porter

(Class of 2019)

photo of Sarah Porter"I took an American studies class with associate professor Sandra Garner, who was tough but made me a better writer. Additionally, she taught me how to be a better communicator, which really helped show where my skills had developed. Assistant professor Carolyn Hardin taught one of my strategic communication courses that overlapped with my American studies concentration, where we looked at American consumerism from different perspectives."


Read what Sarah had to say about her hands-on work at the Institute for Food farm.


Catherine Mazanek

(Class of 2017)

photo of Catherine Mazanek"Since that first AMS 180 class, I have found my focus in American Studies in how American culture intersects with environmental issues. Dr. Peggy Shaffer mentored me through my experience as an Altman Undergraduate Fellow through the Humanities Center for the 2014-2015 school year. We focused on the topic The Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which humans are becoming a force of nature."


Read what Catherine had to say about her research and involvement with Miami's Institute for Food.


Ray Gilbert

(Class of 2016)

photo of Ray Gilbert"My two internships at Sports Technologies and NBC have allowed me to work for both a small start-up and a huge corporation. I feel motivated to start with a big company when I go into the workforce, but eventually I'd like to start my own small company and work with multiple departments."


Read what Ray had to say about his summer internships in Connecticut and Chicago.