American Studies
American Studies

Leah Butterfield


Doctoral Student
Leah Butterfield

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Transnational Feminism, Queer Theory, Memoir and Personal Essay, Tourism Studies, Immigration Studies, Digital Humanities

Biography


Leah Butterfield is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, and her Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University in 2014.

Her work focuses on the role of solitary women in contemporary travel and tourism, as well as in U.S. immigration. She is particularly interested in the ways that female travelers and immigrants depict their experiences through memoir (often with great commercial success) and personal essay (typically in online publications or blogs). Past research has looked at DREAM Act rhetoric and American identity, the liberatory potential of undocumented immigrant "coming out" essays, and representations of heroines in 19th-century fiction.

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