Jada Olsen

Fulbright-University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award - Department of Cultural Politics

Jada Olsen, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 2021 with a B.A. and Sociology. Following her freshman year, Jada travelled to South Africa and learned about different art forms that took off during the apartheid years as a form of resistance. After this trip, Jada found her interest in subcultures across the world, specifically those geared toward resistance movements. This inspired her work studying punk, hip-hop, true crime fandom and skateboarding culture.  

At the University of East Anglia in England, she will pursue research on punk subculture(s) in England and in South Africa, focusing on how art forms transform and dissipate borders. In her free time, Jada enjoys writing poetry, reading, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.