B.A. in English, University of Tennessee Knoxville
B.A. in Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Megan Faust was born in Nashville, TN and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville. While pursuing degrees in psychology and English literature, Megan worked on research projects ranging from a quantitative examination of mixed emotions to a thesis on the racialization of space in the films Fruitvale Station and Dear White People. After graduating, she served as an academic tutor for Pipeline, a Boys and Girls Clubs program that helps traditionally underserved high school students prepare for college. This position deepened her interest in the relationship between race and space, for it allowed her to work in several Knox County high schools and witness the impact the students’ location had on their education and access to resources.
Through the CCC program, Megan will continue to study the effects of race and space within the context of the U.S. South, examining the ways in which racial narratives influence both the people living within southern cities and the policies administrators craft. She is thrilled to explore the ties between race as a social construct and race as a physical boundary in New Orleans, perhaps the greatest southern city of all.
Intersection of race, place, and art; segregation; gentrification; urbanization of the U.S. South