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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 persepctive. 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.

2018 Spring Course Offerings


Reading Groups

Against Diversity

Alternative Dissertation



Professor Vivian Halloran
Wednesday, March 22, 12:15 p.m., University Club, IMU
Interactive Hospitality: Immigrant Food Memoirs with Recipes.

Benjamin Cowan, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Wednesday, March 8th, 3:00 p.m., CAHI, 1211 E. Atwater Ave.
Conspiracy and Orgies: Sexuality, Anticommunism, and the Right in Cold War Brazil.

The Politics of Immigration Enforcement: A Public Forum
Tuesday, March 7, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B
Panelists will each speak for 10-15 minutes, with discussion and Q&A to follow.
Micol Seigel, American Studies & History
Ishan Ashutosh, Geography
Andres Guzman, Spanish and Portuguese and Latino Studies
Moderated by Mintzi Martinez-Rivera, Latino Studies

CLACS 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference
"The Individual, The People, & The State: Power in Latin America"
March 3rd - 4th, GA 1134
Micol Seigel, Keynote Speaker, Violence Work: Understanding Police and State Power in a Changing World
Friday, March 3rd, 4:00 p.m., GA 1134


Nzingha Kendall was quoted in the fall 2017 issue of Imagine that featured an article about the IU Cinema entitled "Screen Savor".

Yari Cruz was chosen as a recipient of the Fall 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award. She will travel to the MLA 2018 Annual Convention in January to present her paper "Transmedia and Telenovelas: Parodying Latinx Melodrama for a Transnational and Hemispheric Audience."

Giselle Cunanan receives the Fall 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award and presented her paper, "Linking Liberation to Freedom: Pedagogy and the Promise of 'critical' Ethnic Studies," at the American Studies Association Annual Conference November 2017.

Caroline "Caro" Oates and Kayla McCarthy, undergraduate majors in American Studies have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious academic honor society in the country. A banquet for all inductees will be held December 5, 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Presidents Hall.

Nzingha Kendall was selected as one of 15 participants in the Scholarship in Sound and Image Workshop at Middlebury College, in Vermont. Workshops were held June 18 - July 1, 2017.

Sonia Lee has joined American Studies as Associate Professor beginning August 1, 2017.

Vivian Halloran was promoted to Full Professor.

Giselle Cunanan was chosen by the University Graduate School to receive the Educational Opportunity Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic.

Alex Chambers will travel to Vermont in early June for the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, for which he recived a Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship for Emerging Writers.