buschI am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. Before graduate school, I worked as an adult education instructor, high school tutor, and youth advisor, all of which furthered my interest in the history and politics of education. My scholarly interests sit at the intersection of the civil rights movement, postwar community development efforts, and the philosophy of education. Using social movements and volunteer programs as a lens, my research looks at the relationship between student activism and ideas of democracy in American higher education. My research informs my own involvement in the world. If you don’t find me on campus, I can be found attending community or activist meetings and volunteering at local non-profits. To find balance with the demands of modern life, I am an avid hiker and, in particular, enjoy taking long walks with my best friend Alli and my dog Chaya.

For more on my background, see my Curriculum Vitae.

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