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The University Honors Program staff is ready to answer your questions, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
University Honors Program
Hughes Hall, First Floor
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8119
Dr. Michael Manson
Director, Office for Honors and Scholars Programs
Appointed in June 2011 as director of the 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.
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. In addition to her academic work, she was previously the President of the Microbiology and Immunology Club, which aims in promoting interest and awareness in trending microbiological research and issues. Before her role as Staff Assistant in the University Honors Program, Stephanie also assisted the University College, AU 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. While she may spend most of her time in the city, she also revels in exploring the area's national parks and historic landmarks.
Senior Honors Counselor
Nadeen graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park with a B.A. in Economics. At U.M.D., she worked as a peer advisor and ambassador for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. After graduating she continued working for the University as an academic advisor in the Economics Department. Nadeen is currently a doctoral student at AU studying public administration and policy with a social policy/international development focus. She is especially interested in international social policy.
Nadeen is a native of the D.C. metropolitan area and enjoys visiting our area’s sites and monuments. She also enjoys reading and learning about both American and World history.
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.