Kelsey Gordon is currently a masters candidate in history at Ball State University located in Muncie, Indiana. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in History/Political Science from Indiana University-Kokomo in Kokomo, Indiana, and minored in Communication Theory. Her primary area of study is the interpretation of American popular culture during the “Atomic Age” (1945-1965), and is complementing this with a study of Soviet popular culture during the same era.
Her master’s project will examine how civil defense educational material was interpreted by the American public, and how themes found within these modes of communication either reflected or contradicted national trends of Cold War influence. Using digital tools, she hopes to analyze textual, spacial, and numerical data to help provide new insight to this aspect of American culture.
Outside of her studies, Kelsey is an avid supporter of women’s rights, LGBTQA+ equality, and awareness for mental illness health and rehabilitation. She also volunteers as an editor and the social media supervisor for Ball State University History Department’s Burkhardt Review, an interdisciplinary, student-run, scholarly journal that focuses on the publication of graduate level writing.
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