American Studies

Hunter Cobleigh - Consumerism and American Popular Culture

One month after graduation, Hunter packed up and moved to Melbourne, Australia, on a yearlong work and holiday visa. In addition to exploring the country, he is currently working in advertising for the Australian Traffic Network, where he is putting his area of concentration to work. Before returning to the U.S. either to continue a career in media or to pursue a graduate degree, Hunter plans to visit more of the South Pacific.

Area of Concentration Courses

African American Studies 119: Selected Topics in the Sociohistorical Development of the Black World
American Studies 101: The Birth of Consumerism
American Studies C172: History of American Business
American Studies H110: Honors Seminar: The Road in American History
Sociology 130AC: Social Inequalities: American Cultures
Sociology C167: Virtual Communities and Social Media


Hunter Cobleigh : - Luke Cage Power Man Activist for Hire #1: A New Universe (Class of 2017)

Over the course of Hunter Cobleighs thesis, the 2016 Netflix release of Marvels Luke Cage is explored as the revolutionary creation of a Black universe with a Black perspective and voice. The broader cultural, social, and political significance of the series is unpacked via close readings of character development and selected story arcs and scenes. In particular, Hunters thesis traces the development of the titular character from the 1970s era Power Man, a veritable side kick in disco attire to the black-hoodie clad 21st century avatar of #blacklivesmatter.

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