• Graduate Fellows & Assistants
Zach Hayes

Where is home to you? Chicago

Department: American Studies

Joint B.A. History & Literature 2018, Bard College

Zach is a first-year master’s student in the American Studies department, whose academic focus is the intersection of sports and athletics, American culture, politics, activism, and social and economic justice. His experience with community engagement has been greatly informed and influenced by his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, where elements of engagement between political and cultural institutions and the populations they aim to serve are often sorely lacking. He hopes to ultimately develop engagement strategies that will allow civic institutions to develop better relationships with historically underserved and dispossessed communities and promote social equity.

He graduated from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with a joint degree in Historical Studies and Literature; prior to attending Brown, he worked in the office of a political media consultant in Chicago.

"America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description." ― Ralph Ellison