Anna F. Duensing hails from Charlottesville, Virginia; her concentration is Narrating History, Memory and Place, focusing on histories of discrimination and violence against minorities. Focusing on public and cultural history, she is interested in the role of culture, media and public institutions in the production of historical narrative and historical education. Duensing worked as an oral history intern at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and she had a fellowship with Humanity in Action in Bosnia & Herzegovina and in Poland. "That had a huge impact on my studies," she says, "and supplemented my work as an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum."
Duensing is also studying creative writing and pursuing a minor in German. She hosts a weekly blues show on the University’s radio station, WNYU, where she is also the general manager. President of the Gallatin Cinema Society, Duensing has also served as both prose editor and poetry editor of the Gallatin Review. “I am astounded by my peers and the breadth of their interests and accomplishments,” she says. “Everyone at Gallatin seems to be engaged wholeheartedly with some interest or project or pursuit. It is really inspiring.”