Emma Kandzer

Emma Kandzer

American Studies

In American Studies, we have experienced Emma’s outstanding work since she first encountered the field in the 200-level course, The American 1950s and 1960s: The First Years of Our Own Time. She was one of the few students who grasped the theme of understanding history to shed light on current issues, in this case, growing polarization. She then served as a TA the next time the course was offered. She did an outstanding job as a resource for her fellow students, taking the initiative to contact students having difficulties and make a presentation in class about her research on music trends in response to the Vietnam War.

Emma continued to excel in her combined intellectual talent for understanding major thematic points and in her empathetic connections with her peers. In her senior research, she explored the question of presidential success by examining Ulysses S. Grant as a case study, with a focus on how Grant has been remembered, digging into circumstances that shaped historical memory of his presidency in his time and in later years. She has also researched the relation of religion and politics in American culture, especially the role of Evangelicals in presidential elections.

Throughout her Stetson career, Emma has brought a passion for inquiry and for ideas. She exhibits our goal of education for significance by learning and then asking for more. That’s a trait that will take her far while she is now exploring her vocational direction. Emma is currently living and working with Stetson Wesley House, helping with student events. She also has an internship at her church and works part-time at Trilogy Coffee.