American Studies

Jose Solorzano Zavala

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Shortly after graduating, Jose established a brick and mortar location for his wholesale branded-merchandise and professional services business, Kustom Life Company. He and his team consult, design, manufacture, and fulfill branded products for small to large sized companies throughout the United States. As Chief Executive Officer, Jose provides financial, operational and strategic direction for the company and directly manages several on-site and remote employees.

Jessie McConville

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While completing her senior year in 2020, Jessie accepted a professional internship with Disney to work in Corporate Alliances in Orlando. The internship was canceled due to COVID, so she moved back home to San Diego and started working for a local tech/biotech company. She has been at for over a year as the Associate Director of Marketing. She is grateful for her time at Berkeley, loves her current job, and likes to spend her free time playing sports, making art, and fostering dogs.

Charis Hanshaw

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Charis Hanshaw has over 30 years of professional experience in operations management, research, and marketing and communications with private organizations that range in size from boutique marketing consultancies to international research corporations. As an effective problem-solver and caring advocate, Charis returned to higher education later in life for the specific professional development that would facilitate an intentional shift toward work in aging services. In May 2020 amid the growing global pandemic, Charis completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from U.C. Berkeley, an interdisciplinary program with a dual […]

Dmitry Schultz

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After graduating in December of 2020, Dmitry started working in health equity and disaster management. During the height of the vaccination efforts across the nation, he was an Emergency Management Specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he helped facilitate the deployment of mobile units to conduct vaccinations in historically underserved communities. Taking the lessons learned from FEMA and UC Berkeley, Dmitry started a new opportunity with the San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services Agency. Working as a Health Emergency Preparedness Analyst, he develops disaster readiness programs, writes disaster […]

Lauren Roper

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After graduating with honors, Lauren returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She currently works in Global Communications at Belkin International, a consumer tech company, where she is heads-down in the world of PR. Outside of work, she puts her minor in Creative Writing to good use by writing prose and poetry on the angst of being a young twenty-something and other random thoughts and feelings. She hopes to one day compile her writing into a published work, which she will dedicate to Professor Palmer.

Andrew Garcia

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After completing his undergraduate studies, Andrew returned to Berkeley to earn a Master’s in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program from the Graduate School of Education in August 2021. His capstone project focused on leveraging sport as an influential arena of activism to advance dialogue around environmental change. His project offered a potential implementation at the intersection of sport and the environment through the Players for the Planet Ambassador Program, initiated by Major League Baseball. The program provides a positive example of helping to develop a critical ecoliteracy to promote the […]