American Studies

In its Honors Program the American Studies program awards Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors to student research projects. The projects listed below have been defended successfully, and a copy of the thesis deposited in Swem Library.


  • Student, "Thesis" (Honors level)
    Committee Chair + Other Committee Members
  • Melanie Wiggins, "Counter to Intelligence: The Glamorization of Espionage in the International Spy Museum" (Highest Honors) 
    Alan Braddock + Charles McGovern and Frederick Corney
  • Kathryn McLane, "Remembrance, Reflection, Reconciliation: The Performance of Collective Memory in Civil War Commemoration" (High Honors) 
    Michelle Lilièvre + Leah Glenn and Arthur Knight
  • Kayla Meyers, "'Obscene Odes on the Windows of the Skull': Deconstructing the Memory of the Howl Trial of 1957" (High Honors)
    Charles McGovern + Arthur Knight and Marc Raphael
  • Amanda Cottingham, "Racial Contest for Space and Power in Richmond, Virginia's Urban Landscape, 1890-1920" (High Honors)
    Kimberley Phillips + Melvin Ely and Heather Huyck
  • Emilie Raymer, "Real Control of the Fantastical: Escapism, Economics, and Consumerism in Love Book Magazine" (High Honors)
    Charles McGovern + Tim Barnard and Sasha Prokhorov
  • Anne Gessler, "'I Don't Know Much About History': WCWM's Educational Radio Format and its Battle for Self Definition" (Highest Honors)
    Charles McGovern + Arthur Knight and Eun Jung
  • Jonathan Adams, "Federal Policy and Societal Change in the Suburbanization of Fairfax County, Virginia: 1930-2000" (Honors)
    Charles McGovern + Chandos Brown and John McGlennon
  • Heather Debby
    Jennifer Putzi + Kim Phillips, John Moore, Scott Nelson and Carol Sheriff
  • Sarah Reeder
    Alan Wallach + Sibel Zandi-Sayek and Charles McGovern