Susanna Cassisa

Moral panic and anti-gay rhetoric in East German print media (1950-1955)
Faculty of Arts
Kyle Frackman
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

As an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, I wrote my honors thesis on queer activism in East Germany. Throughout this process, I realized that I not only found research deeply rewarding, but also that I was very committed to the topic. Pursuing a Master's degree in German Studies would afford me the opportunity to continue this research.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I was conducting research for my undergraduate thesis in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when many archives were closed. This made it quite challenging to locate primary sources, so I reached out to my now supervisor, Dr. Kyle Frackman at UBC. He generously shared relevant materials with me, and as our correspondence continued, I applied to UBC as a graduate student. The opportunity to live in Vancouver was an added bonus, too!

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Aside from my excitement to work with my supervisor, I found all the faculty and graduate students to be incredibly warm, welcoming, and supportive.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

As a Mississippian, I am used to constant heat and humidity in the summer. Summer in Vancouver is incredible!

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Writing a thesis as an undergraduate student really helped me to hone my writing, editing, and analysis skills, which are critical in my graduate program.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy thrifting with my partner and spending time with our two goofy rescue dogs. I'm also on my way to a 5-star Animal Crossing island.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

It is okay to feel like there's so much you don't know- you're here to learn! Also, your mental health is important and should be a top priority.


Read tips on applying, reference letters, statement of interest, reaching out to prospective supervisors, interviews and more in our Application Guide!