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The Honors Program staff are ready to answer your questions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Office for Honors and Scholars Programs
Hughes Hall, First Floor
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8119
Dr. David Pike
Faculty Director, AU Honors
Professor Pike is Faculty Director of AU Honors. His most recent book is "Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World" (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the author of "Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800–2001" (Cornell UP, 2007); "Subterranean Cities: The World beneath Paris and London 1800–1945" (Cornell UP), shortlisted for the 2006 Modernist Studies Association book prize; "Passage through Hell: Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds" (Cornell UP), recipient of the 1997 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1997; and articles on medieval literature, modernism, film, and Paris and London. He is co-author of "Literature: A World of Writing" and co-general editor of the "Longman Anthology of World Literature". In addition to urban culture and the underground, he teaches courses on European and Canadian cinema, film noir, the western, modernism, Dante, Roman literature, and the novel. From 1993 to 1995, Professor Pike was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. Current projects include cold-war culture after the cold war, the 19th century city after the 19th century, and a cultural history of the slum.
Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Biology from the University of Miami. While her studies ranged from US Foreign Policy and Global Health to the European Union, her B.A. thesis analyzed China's soft power role in Latin America. Before her role as Program Coordinator in the AU Honors Program, Stephanie also assisted the University College, AU Scholars, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars, and Community-Based Research Scholars programs at AU.
Her previous experience includes interning with InterBolsa Securities' Miami-based office as finance support, aiding a non-profit organization with events and outreach, researching prospects for various internal business functions at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), and assisting Quadel Consulting Corporation in the affordable housing industry.
During her spare time, Stephanie enjoys savoring the diverse ethnic cuisine throughout the DMV area.
University Honors Staff
Dr. Michael Manson
Staff Director, University Honors Program
Director, Undergraduate Research and Integrity
Appointed in June 2011 as director of the University Honors Program, Dr. Michael Manson has been teaching in American University's Department of Literature and American Studies Program since 2001 and working for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and for the Provost of the university for the past five years. His scholarly specialization is in American modernist poetry, but he also teaches classes in film. Born and raised in Dallas, he holds a B.A. in English from Rice University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He has previously taught at higher educational institutions in Wisconsin and New England. Dr. Manson is the author of several articles concerning modernist poetry and poetic form, discussing Robert Frost, Sterling A. Brown, Jay Wright, Lorine Niedecker, Gary Soto, Robert Hass, and Emily Dickinson. He is co-editor of "The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era" (UP New England, 1997). His book project is entitled "Body Language: Modern American Poetry and the Politics of Poetic Form," and he is contributing to the forthcoming edition of the "Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics." He has served as the president of the Robert Frost Society (2006-2007) and as the executive director of the Northeast Modern Language Association (1997-2000). In 2005, he organized a Symposium on Poetic Form for the American Literature Association. Dr. Manson and his wife Marianne Noble, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature, have two young children, Geoffrey YongSoo Manson and Arden YeRin Manson.Marlee Clayton
Marlee received her BA in political science and history from Loyola University New Orleans where she was a member of the Honors program. She is pursuing her MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American's School of International Service. Marlee is particularly interested in transnational discourses of women's rights and how these are affected by conflict. Originally from Louisiana, she loves good food, festivals, and public transportation.
Mike graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in history. He was a member of the Nitze Scholars Program and graduated magna cum laude. Mike is currently pursuing his PhD at American University with a focus on peace movements in the United States during the early Cold War era and issues of gender and sexuality within those movements. He is interested in teaching at the university level after completing his degree. Mike enjoys live music and movies.