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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.

2019 Spring Course Offerings



TransFormations: A Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium
Wednesday, February 28 - Friday, March 2, 2018

Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Social Science Research Commons, Woodburn Hall
Opening Keynote - ARUN SALDANHA, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society, University of Minnesota
"The Racial Anthropocene: Human Phenotype Under Capital" (reception to follow)

Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Faculty Room, The University Club, IMU
Research Talks

Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Faculty Room, The University Club, IMU
10:00a - 12:30p Graduate Lightning Talks
1:30p Closing Keynote - NICHOLAS DE GENOVA, Anthropologist and Human Geographer
"Anonymous Brown Bodies: The Productive Power of the Deadly US-Mexico Border"

Friday 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Blockhouse Bar
Techno Poetics - "Performance Showcase and Party for the Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium"


Phoebe Wolfskill has been selected to receive a CAHI Research Travel Grant for her project, "Photographic Appropriation in the Early Work of Romare Bearden."

Vivian Halloran and Phoebe Wolfskill are recipients of grants for ENG-L 204 and AMST-A 202, respectively, for the second Primary Source Immersion Program for Indiana University instructors from the IUB Libraries.

Phoebe Wolfskill will be jointly appointed in American Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies July 1, 2018.

Karen Inouye is now tenured as Associate Professor.

Micol Seigel was promoted to Full Professor.

Alex Chambers was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2018-2019.

Giselle Cunanan accepted the 2018-2019 President's Diversity Dissertation Fellowship offered by the University Graduate School.


Professor Vivian Halloran
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:15 p.m., University Club, IMU
Interactive Hospitality: Immigrant Food Memoirs with Recipes.

Benjamin Cowan, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 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, 2017, 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, 2017, 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