Student Successes

Alysha Zemanek

M.A. in Public History

What degree are you working toward?

M.A. in Public History

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

The program offered me several opportunities to gain experience in my field. It also provided me with financial assistance and allowed me to remain in the Midwest, close to my family and friends.

The program offered me several opportunities to gain experience in my field. It also provided me with financial assistance and allowed me to remain in the Midwest, close to my family and friends.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

My favorite experience was working on the development of the States of Incarceration exhibit in partnership with the Humanities Action Lab. We examined the history and current status of mass incarceration in the U.S., with particular attention to the connections between mass incarceration and mental illness in Indiana. The exhibit opened in New York City and is currently traveling around the country. It will be on display from April to May at the Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

I love that there is always something interesting going on in the city. I can always find something to do.

Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.

While completing my graduate degree I have had the opportunity to work with several institutions around the city. I helped to develop and evaluate an assessment project at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I have also been involved in developing exhibits for two community projects, States of Incarceration with the Humanities Action Lab and the Voices from Central State project with the Indiana Medical History Museum. My independent research for my graduate thesis focused on the history of Native American boarding schools in Indiana.