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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 Fall Course Offerings



TransFormations: A Critical Ethnic Studies Symposium
Wednesday, 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.

Nzingha Kendall was selected to receive a 2018 Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Award from the University Graduate School.

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.

Nzingha Kendall was chosen to receive a 2018 Spring College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award. In July she will present "Revisioning Abaku: Afro-Feminist Critiques in Sara Gmez's De Cierta Manera/One Way or Another" at the Tepotzln Institute in Mexico City, Mexico.

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.

Giselle Cunanan was chosen to receive a 2018 Spring College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award. In June she will present "Against Diversity: Student Demands for a Different Kind of University" at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association 2018 Conference held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

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.


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