Hannah Zeller graduated summa cum laude in December 2020 with distinction in the Honors Program, a double major in communication and media studies and history, and a minor in journalism. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) and Lambda Pi Eta (National Honor Society for Communication Studies). Hannah is a co-winner of the Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Senior and the 2019 recipient of the Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Junior.
Hannah participated in Stetson’s Washington Semester with a concentration in journalism at American University, and she was a Newspath intern at CBS News in Washington, D.C. On campus, she served as executive editor of The Reporter, helping develop the publication into a full-fledged feature magazine while serving as a writer, video journalist, columnist, social media correspondent and section editor. Her work as a clerical and technical services assistant for the DuPont Ball Library, combined with her journalistic work, fostered a passion for research. In addition, she was an Honors Program Team Lead, serving as vice president of education, liberal arts liaison and a second-year liaison.
The Communication and Media Studies department faculty all were impressed by how much initiative Hannah takes in everything with which she is involved, displaying the aptitude to be a lifelong learner who will always seek to improve and develop.
Hannah’s senior thesis in history was entitled "The House and the Mouse: The Influence of the Walt Disney Company on Twentieth-Century Copyright Term Extension Legislation and the Public Domain, 1976-2003." This thesis unpacked the implications of the Walt Disney Company’s role in the establishment of copyright term extension legislation in the late twentieth century and the political, legal and socioeconomic impact of these terms. Hannah's professors have recognized her exceptional performances, observing, for example, that she "is one of the most universally gifted and intellectually curious majors I have had," that her "papers and projects... were always ambitious and sophisticated… invariably interdisciplinary in theory, but historical in methodology and analysis," and that she "is easily one of… Stetson's most outstanding majors."
Hannah has relocated to the New York area and is pursuing a career in television and media production.