William & Mary

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