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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
Harold Chase/Edward J. Sweeney, New York Highlanders, baseball card portrait; Fred R. Hamlin's musical extravaganza, The wizard of Oz; Ringling Bros.--Crandall and his comic burlesque equestrian act on his riding mule Thunderbolt; Woman beating cassava, Jamaica American WW1 Propaganda Poster - U.S. Department of Labor, 1918; Hand painted mural showing the Cuban flag and Che Guevara, neighborhood in Old Havana, Cuba
; WWII Patriotic 'We Can Do It' Poster by J. Howard Miller Photo by Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times; Old Negro (former slave); Unidentified man, head-and-shoulders portrait; Son of depression refugee from Oklahoma now in California

In American Studies, we consider the history, politics, and cultures of the Americas from an interdisciplinary perspective. Historically grounded in English and History, the field now incorporates people, ideas, and methods from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our practice is a form of critical citizenship.

Fall 2016 Course Lineup!



COME SEE US -- Learn more about our BA degree!

What: College Majors Expo
When: Thursday, August 18th, 3:00-4:00p
Where: Alumni Hall

Lessie Frazier and Deborah Cohen
Global '68: From Imperialist Eugenics to the Erotics of Modernization
Wednesday, August 10th, 4:00 p.m., Wells Library, room E460


Grace Shen will be a student speaker at the undergraduate commencement in May. She received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. And finally, her paper "'I am not an American, I am a Human Being': History of Estelle Ishigo, a White American Renouncing her Whiteness" won first place in the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Essay contest.

Caitlin Reynolds received the 2016 Virginia La Follete Gunderson Award in recognition of the best essay written by an American Studies graduate student for her paper "Disconnected Justice: The Denial of Inernet Access in the United States Prison System." She also received a fall College of Arts and Sciences travel award.

Rasul Mowatt was recently featured in NUVO magazine (page 45) as Best of the Best Professors in Bloomington.

Karen Inouye was chosen to receive a 2015-2016 Trustee Teaching Award.

Yarí Cruz is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Latino Studies Dissertation Year Fellowship for her dissertation project, "Negotiating a Hemispheric Latinidad: Latin American Representations of Latinos/as in the U.S."

Nzingha Kendall was awarded the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Research Fellowship with a stipend of $20,000. The award, made possible through funding from the Louise McNutt Fellowship, will provide opportunities for further development of her dissertation project "Imperfect Independence: Black Women's Experimental Cinema."

Vivian Halloran received a 2016 Student Learning Analytics Fellows Grant for her proposal "Using Analytics to Compare Student Demographics for Different Delivery Methods" (Face to Face, Hybrid, Online) of AMST-A100 What is America? course.

Vivian Halloran's new book, The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora, will hit the bookshelf in March. But, you can pre-order it now via

Congratulations to Alex Chambers, Nzingha Kendall, and Courtney Mitchel -- all three have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus and are ABD!

Caitlin Reynolds has been chosen to receive a fall College of Arts and Sciences Travel award!! She will present "Please Play to Get Paid: The Politics of Monetizing User-Generated Content on YouTube" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Atlanta, GA this spring.

Check out Professor Halloran's blog to learn about Ta-Nehisi Coates' visit 10/23/2015.

Yar Cruz was selected to be a Diversity intern for CITL this year.


The Star Spangled Muse
Saturday, April 9th, 3:00p
Wylie House Museum, 307 E. 2nd St.

Undergraduate Info Session and Pizza!
Thursday, February 18th, 1:30 - 2:30p
Ballantine Hall 004

Join us for a slice and find out what a degree in American Studies can do for you.

Pop-up Teach-in
Wednesday, October 7th, Noon - 1:30p
Oak Room, IMU

Format: 6 Flash talks by faculty and undergraduates and Q&A discussions

Grab a bite and join undergraduates and faculty discussing issues related to Coates' Between the World and Me.

Center for Documentary Research and Practice - Lecture Series

Photographers, Cedric Nunn from South Africa and Andrew Lichtenstein from Brooklyn, NY, explore the visual intersection of history and memory on landscapes of war, genocide, slavery, and colonial dispossession.

Andrew Lichtenstein - Seminar
Thursday, September 24th, 11:30a - 1:00p
College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) 1125 E. Atwater Ave.

Nunn and Lichtenstein will present their work together exploring the visual remnants of the racial atrocities that are ineradicable aspects of both the American and South African past.
Thursday, September 24th, 4:00 - 6:00p
School of Education, Room 1120

Cedric Nunn - Seminar
Friday, September 25th, 1:00 - 2:00p
Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, Fine Arts Building 020