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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.

2017 Summer Course Offerings

2017 Fall Course Offerings


2017 Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium
March 30-31, CAHI, 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

Critical Ethnic Studies is an emergent field that builds on ethnic studies traditions combined with critical theory. Rich with definitional energy and productive scholarship, it is developing an interdisciplinary humanities approach to the complex process of racialization. Scholars working under its auspicies are dedicated to parsing power relationships constituted by webs of social categories (race, ethnicity, nation, gender, sexuality, etc.) at multiple degrees of scale, seeking to map the ways power is structured in social relation as well as through the range of categories in play in any given historical context. This work is attentive to questions of material production, class, capital, and power, and is oriented transnationally and diasporically to global histories of indigeneity, colonialism and empire.

This symposium invites scholars of Critical Ethnic Studies with national reputations to present emerging work, and seeks to support IUB junior scholars by connecting them to important figures in their fields through the process of invitation, hosting, and the sharing of work. The symposium also engages the new Ph.D. minor in Critical Race and Postcolonial Studies, which features Critical Ethnic Studies.

Reading Groups


Gene Luen Yang



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

Sonia Lee, Associate Professor of History at Washington University, St. Louis
Friday, January 27th, 10:00 -11:30a, Sassafras Room, IMU
More than "Radicals" or "Junkies": Black and Latino Drug Addicts and the Pursuit of Psycho-Political Liberation. Research talk (co-sponsored by Latino Studies Program and the Department of American Studies).

Pawan Dhingra, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Professor of American Studies at Tufts University
Friday, January 13th, 10:00 -11:30a, Sassafras Room, IMU
Hyper-Education: Race, Morality, and the Meaning of Success. Research talk (co-sponsored by Asian American Studies Program and the Department of American Studies).


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 Assistant 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.

Yari Cruz has been chosen to receive a College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award.

Giselle Cunanan received a College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award.

Giselle Cunanan has been selected to receive the 2016-2017 Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship

Karen Inouye was selected to receive a CAHI Research Fellowship, Fall 2017

Karen Inouye secured a New Frontiers in Creativity and Scholarship Research Fellowship, 2017-2018

Vivian Halloran received the 2016-2017 Trustee Teaching Award

Maisha Wester received a Fulbright-University of Sheffield Scholar Award for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Micol Seigel accepted a Charles Warren Visiting Scholar appointment for 2017-2018 at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

Jed Kuhn won the 2017-2018 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship award.

Alex Chambers has been nominated by the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Graduate School for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship.

Micol Seigel has been selected by CAHI to receive a Conference & Workshop Grant that will help offset costs associated with "En/Counternarratives, a Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium" that she is planning for spring 2017.

Vivian Halloran has been selected by CAHI to receive a Conference & Workshop Grant to fund guest speaker expenses.

Karen Inouye has been selected by CAHI to receive a Research Travel Grant. She will travel to Hawaii and British Columbia for her project "Wartime Incarceration of Nikkei on Native and Indigenous Land."

Alex Chambers and Jed Kuhn have been chosen to receive a Fall College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award.

Karen Inouye will be part of a Densho panel discussion "Lessons From World War II: Enduring Legacies of Japanese American Incarceration" at the Seattle Public Library October 23, 2016, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

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.


Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Professor, English and Asian/Asian American Studies and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut
Friday, December 9th, 10:00 -11:30a, Sassafras Room, IMU
Prosthetic Ecologies: (Re)Membering Disability, Curating Culpability, and "The Dirty War" in Laos . Research talk (co-sponsored by Asian American Studies Program and the Department of American Studies).

Monday, November 14th, 12:00-1:30p, First Nations Center, 712 E. 8th St.
Heritage and The Locals: Meaning, Action and Education Symposium

Tuesday, November 8th, 4:00-6:00p, Ballantine Hall 004
Graduate Student Colloquium and Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, September 28th, 12:30-1:30p, Ballantine Hall 004
Free food and conversation with American Studies faculty

Professor Karen Inouye
Thursday, September 22nd, 1:00-2:00p, Walnut Room, IMU
"Unearthing the Past in the Present"

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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, 4:00p, Wells Library, room E460