American Studies, Ph.D. | Expected 2018
Undergraduate Institution | Agnes Scott College
Hometown | Albany, GA
Kera Lovell, a PhD candidate in American Studies has taken every opportunity to challenge herself, expand her research, and reach out of the box. Her passion lies in 20th century US History, Urban Studies, and Visual and Material Culture, and she chose to carry out her research at Purdue because of the foundation that the American Studies program had created for itself. Her drive to learn doesn’t stop at the classroom, however, as she has taken what she’s learned and turned it into opportunities to advance herself in other countries. “Some of the most important experiences I’ve had at Purdue have involved study abroad and international research opportunities” she’s said, crediting Purdue Liberal Arts with helping her expand her research. While every Purdue student knows there can never be just one favorite Purdue memory, Kera recalls getting to see the Great Wall during her time studying in Shanghai, China as one of her fondest memories.
Apart from studying in different countries and participating in World Expos, Kera has had the opportunity to present her dissertation research at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History annual meeting. Not only did she get to travel to Los Angeles for this meeting, but she also got the opportunity to meet and no doubt impress activist, Dolores Huerta. So what could possibly be next for this rising star? Kera applied to the National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, and if she receives this Fulbright, she will be documenting her project called “Grass/Roots”, a research opportunity that will take her to South Africa, New Zealand, and London in order to perform an ethnographic study about how people create, occupy, and reclaim urban green space as a form of protest.