Program in American StudiesWestern Social Science

Graduate Students

Diana Ali

Diana Ali

Born in Romania, Diana moved to London, Ontario with her parents at age 6. A Western University alumna, she holds an Honors B.A. in Psychology. Her undergrad research focused on altered states of consciousness and transcendental and mystical experiences. Highlights of her accomplishments include publication in an academic journal and presenting for the Society of Consciousness Studies at Yale University. Passionate about understanding our consciousness, global affairs, feminism and the evolution of contemporary American culture, Diana is thrilled to be continuing her education in the American Studies MA program. Her research will focus on Spiritualism in America, specifically at Lily Dale, New York, a historic present day site established in the nineteenth century.

E-mail
dali@uwo.ca

Office
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Berent Batur

Berent Batur

I am from Mississauga, Ontario, and completed my B.A. at the University of Toronto with a specialist in political science, major in American Studies, and minor in history. Additionally, I am in the process of completing my M.A. in political science at Western upon submission of my Master’s Research Paper, which is an expansive review of the American democratization literature. My research interests focus on democratization processes, American domestic politics, and welfare politics and their institutional structures. I am excited to pursue my research interests vis-à-vis the American Studies program at Western, and delve more into the dynamic cultural and political issues surrounding welfare structures in the U.S.

E-mail
bbatur@uwo.ca

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Alicia Boyer

Alicia Boywer

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario, I am excited to return to Western for my Masters in American Studies. After a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield peaked my interest in the Civil War at a young age, I knew American History would be an ever-present source of interest in my life. While I enjoy the dramatic epic that is all of American History, my primary interests are the social and political aspects of the nineteenth century. When I’m not drowning myself in Civil War histories, you can find me at the local yoga studio or endlessly obsessing over my pets.

E-mail
aboyer4@uwo.ca

Office
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Kendall King Congram

Kendall King

Kendall King often says that she never imagined she would one day be studying American culture, but she really should have known. She watched Larry King Live religiously as a child, the first CD she ever bought was Green Day’s American Idiot, and to this day she insists that Cracker Barrel has the best food on earth. When she began her academic career at Western University in 2012 she registered for American Studies 1020 as an elective but immediately fell in love with the program and chose to pursue it. In 2016 she graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Cultural Studies and a Western Gold Medal. She is excited to begin a new chapter by entering the Graduate Program. Kendall’s research often draws parallels between the past and present in an effort to understand what historical factors shaped our world today, especially how issues effect and are affected by society.

E-mail
kkingcon@uwo.ca

 


Shane Miller

Shane Miller

Growing up in Chatham, Ontario––forty-five minutes away from the Windsor/Detroit border–– I’ve always been interested in the history, politics, and culture of the United States. As I approached graduating from my BA in History at the University of Windsor , I began to seriously contemplate where I should go for graduate school. Given my wide range of interests and its interdisciplinary nature, the MA American Studies program at Western was clearly the best fit for me. With that said, I plan to conduct research revolving around American foreign policy during the Cold War, and their support of far-right dictatorships in their fight against Communism. Moreover, I would like to look into how the legacy of this has impacted foreign and domestic perceptions of the United States, as well as their subsequent approaches to foreign engagement in a post-Cold War world.

E-mail
smill29@uwo.ca

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Mark Northcott

Mark Northcott

I am from Dresden, Ontario and have spent the last year living in London. After finishing bachelor degrees at Brock University and Dalhousie University I completed a Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in 2017. This year I hope to combine my passions of history and political science while pursuing a degree in American Studies. I spend most of my spare time hiking outdoors, rock climbing and biking.

E-mail
mnorthc3@uwo.ca

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Aysegul Ogur

Aysegul Ogur

I completed my BA in American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University in Turkey. To fulfill my dream of having an education abroad, I came to Canada. After completing a post-baccalaureate diploma program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University, I believed it was time for me to continue my education with an MA degree. Of all the American Literary works, I have always been fascinated by Southern Gothic Literature the most. Therefore, for my area of research I will be focusing on Southern Gothic literary works and how cultural and social characteristics are reflected in this particular literary genre. More specifically, I hope to look at how this genre changed from the 19th to the 20th Century.

E-mail
aogur@uwo.ca

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Shu Peng

Shu Peng

I’m from China and have recently completed my M.A. in English from Renmin University of China. My research is motivated by a desire to understand the points where culture and literature overlap and to deconstruct ideological notions of race, gender, sexuality, otherness and normalcy. Taking a biographical-historical approach, my Master’s thesis looks into the interrelationship between the US War on Drugs and the shaping of the 1960s drug culture by situating a set of post-WWII American novels within the network of social and political discourses and practices. For my studies at Western, I hope to extend my research on drugs to broader domains of cultural phenomena and enhance my interdisciplinary skills through this program’s interdisciplinary training.

E-mail
speng52@uwo.ca

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Emily Sneddon

Emily Sneddon

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Hartford, where I majored in Politics & Government and minored in History. Originally from London, I was recruited to play tennis for the Division I Hartford Hawks. While in Hartford, I also interned in the Connecticut State Capitol Building during the 2017 legislative session as a legislative intern for the Connecticut State Senate Democratic Party. I chose to return to London and complete my Masters at Western in American Studies because of my interest in American politics and culture.

E-mail
esneddon@uwo.ca

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