American Studies

Meg Czeisler - American Creativity and Innovation

Meg currently holds a Case Manager internship at Panish Shea Boyle & Ravipudi, a personal injury law firm in Los Angeles (website: She will begin law school in the fall of 2022.

Area of Concentration Courses

Sociology 121 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship
History of Art 190T – Transcultural
Letters and Science 105 – Arts Entrepreneurship
Media Studies 190 – Living at the Speed of Light: Historical and Theoretical Approaches to the Social Effects of Electronic Media
Ethnic Studies 176 – Against the Grain: American Art and Artists
History of Art 105- Eco Art


Black Protest Street Art during the Summer of 2020 in Oakland, California

Meg’s honors thesis explores the outpouring of public art in the aftermath of May 25, 2020, when an unarmed Black man named George Floyd was suffocated under the knee of a police officer. The overwhelming number of powerful images shared online and painted on streets corners—the sense of solidarity conceived in the circulation of Black activist art— pushed America to look in the mirror at its ugly, racially divided present. Employing the cartographic method and close interpretive analysis, the thesis demonstrates how the evolution and prevalence of Black activist street art in Oakland, California confirms the essential role art plays in shaping and reflecting contemporary civic discourse.

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