Lisette Brussee

Portretfoto Lisette Brussee
The teachers know you well and are always willing to help.
Name
Lisette Brussee
Programme
Transatlantic Studies: History, Culture and Politics
Country of previous education
The Netherlands
Previous education
Bachelor's American Studies

Lisette studied Transatlantic Studies at Radboud University.

Why did you choose this Master's program?

After my BA in American Studies I wanted to focus more on European-American relations. First, I was thinking about doing a master's in International Relations, but when the new master's program of the American Studies department, Transatlantic Studies, aired that year I was a hundred percent sure this is what I wanted to do, and I do not regret my choice!

I was already used to a small group of students and close contact with my teachers in the BA program American Studies, and during my master's degree this was not any different. The teachers know you well and are always willing to help. Furthermore, there is a broad range of topics discussed within the program and there is enough room to research your own interest and topics in the final essays. Within the program the actualities are also discussed thoroughly, which is in my opinion, especially in the field of Transatlantic Relations, very important. Besides that, we also had to do archival research for one course. I did my research at the Regionaal Archief Nijmegen. I thought this was very interesting, since I had not done archival research before. It makes your research even more fascinating!

How did this Master's program prepare you for your career?

As a part of my master’s degree, I did an internship at the Netherlands Atlantic Association (Atlantische Commissie) in The Hague, which fits perfectly within my field of study and interest. The Netherlands Atlantic Association fosters public debate about Transatlantic topics and has close connections to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Embassy in the Hague. Furthermore, I wrote my master thesis about how the Dutch embassy in Washington D.C. promoted Dutch water expertise in the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina. More specifically how this knowledge sharing became a part of Dutch-American cooperation in the long term. While writing my thesis I discovered different other topics of interest, namely water management and climate resilience. So, next year, I am going to do a premaster in spatial planning to eventually enroll in the master's program Spatial Planning: Cities, Water, and Climate Change.