Susan Burch, American Studies
My current research project examines race, ethnicity, disability, and the nation. At a basic level I’m asking: “What did it mean to be an American during the 20th century”? The analysis draws heavily on the fusion of central features of identity, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, gender, sexual orientation and identification, and disability/nondisability. Instead of considering these concepts and lived experiences separately, I aim to approach them holistically, analyzing how they work together in specific geographic locations across time.