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Jan Michelle Andres, Ph.D. in English
Jan is a Ph.D. candidate in English whose research interests include popular culture and postwar American literature, film, and other material productions of the Cold War era. She earned her B.A. in English and Mass Communications (Media Studies) at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, she received the Cal Alumni Leadership and Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships, worked with the Berkeley Fiction Review, served as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice in the English Department, and facilitated a for-credit course through the Democratic Education at Cal Program. In her time at CGU, where she earned her MA in Literature and Film, she served as the editor of The Zine, a publication of the Graduate Student Council, and worked as an intern preparing students for college-level writing with the Basic Skills Program at Fullerton College. She has also worked as a tutor and coordinator at the Pitzer College Writing Center and recently became a member of the steering committee for the Center for Asian Pacific American Students at Pitzer College. She is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the complicated relationship between celebrity and secrecy in cultural productions of the Cold War. Most recently, Jan has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Grant, and will spend the 2011-2012 academic year working with the Institute of English at the University of Lodz in Poland. In her free time during her Fulbright year, she has proposed to research the legacy of US ambassadorial efforts in Poland, from the 1950s jazz tour of Dave Brubeck to the annual American Film Festival in Wroclaw.