During 2007-2008, the Department of American Studies was delighted to welcome back alumni as part of the Council of Majors series “What Can You Do With a Degree in American Studies?” The two-part series featured alumni who went on to both professional careers and graduate school. It is helpful and reassuring for undergraduate students to see how past graduates have gone on to find fulfilling and interesting careers using the tools an American Studies degree offers. Below is a list of the alumni who took time out of their busy schedules to return to UMBC to discuss how their degree in American Studies helped them navigate their careers. The department sincerely thanks our successful alumni for returning to share their experiences with our current students.
Maria Baldridge is a lawyer who has worked for the last four years at The Legal Aid Society of New York. Practicing primarily in the Queens Family Court, she represents youth in foster care and also those accused of juvenile delinquency. She represents those children who are most often poor and/or children of color. Baldridge feels that her work is difficult but “incredibly rewarding.”
Maddy Fickes is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland, College Park. She is pursuing ethnographic research on how urban and rural poverty influence college attendance.
Emily Hunter is the founding editor and publisher of Locus, an independent Baltimore art magazine. Inspired by the DIY ethic of zines and blogs, Hunter launched Locus shortly after graduating in 2006. Her hope is to give voice to underrepresented artists through a community-focused artistic forum.
Lindsey Loeper received her Master's in Library Science (MLS) from University of Maryland, College Park and is now working in Special Collections at our very own AOK library at UMBC.
Lauren Madow is a New York City-based documentary filmmaker. Her work has screened at the Bronx Museum of Art, New Image Art Gallery and Anthology Film Archives, as well as festivals across the world. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the CAMAC Arts Center in Marnay-sur-Seine, France.
Belinda Mager is a New York City based public relations coordinator for The Humane
Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization.
She works with local, national and international media outlets to promote animal issues on a number of issues. Prior to joining The HSUS, she worked in the media relations department at Greenpeace USA.
Jackie Regales received her Master's in American Culture Studies from
Bowling Green and is teaching a popular class on Facebook and media surveillance for the Media & Communication Studies (MCS) program at UMBC.
Mike Rund is the writer and project coordinator at MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is in the office of communications and works with freelance designers and the production manager to create publications from start to finish. In addition, he is also the staff photographer. Prior to working at MICA, Rund attended Emerson College where he received a M.A. in journalism.
Robert Savillo works for Media Matters for America (www.mediamatters.org), a non-profit media research and information center dedicated to exposing conservative misinformation in the mainstream media. He conducts long-term research projects involving data collection, organization, and analysis in pursuit of this goal. Most recently, Media Matters released an update to our study of the Sunday-morning talk shows on nbc, abc, cbs, and fox news detailing the domination of conservative commentators.
Sutton Stokes is a "policy analyst," just like everyone you ever hear quoted on NPR. In his case, this mysterious term actually means that he is a writer and editor of policy papers and reports for a small project-management consulting firm in Baltimore. When fellow cocktail-party guests' eyes start to glaze over at this explanation, Stokes cuts to the chase: "I ghost-write research papers for the government. It's not as bad as it sounds. Really.”
Hieu Truong received her Masters in Urban Design at Harvard and is interested in urban planning and social issues.