What is America?

America is local. The scholars and students of the Department of American Studies study locality by engaging with historic and contemporary American Indian communities. America is regional. We consider the role of the diverse American South through our Southern Studies concentration. America is national. We explore the popular cultural forms that have drawn the country together and divided it, historically and currently. America is global. We nurture this approach through our Global American Studies program and our emphasis on Study Abroad opportunities for our majors and minors. America is a story. The folklorists in our department pursue the American narrative as expressed with the spoken word, art, performance, and other means. And American Studies is changing. Our leadership in Digital Humanities nurtures new styles of answering humanities questions. We explore the place, people, cultures, and experiences of America through a coordinated curriculum of American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Folklore, Global American Studies, Southern Studies, and Digital American Studies.

Our commitment to interdisciplinary approaches empowers students to value the nation’s complexity by engaging with a variety of historical, literary, artistic, political, social and ethnic perspectives. American Studies graduates gain a comprehension of these dynamics of American culture that prepares them to make a responsible and critical difference in the variety of professions they choose to pursue.


Congrats, Kimber!

Posted 1 month ago

Kimber Thomas has been named to the first cohort of Graduate Public Scholars of the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, in the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes and supports Kimber’s “public scholarship and its outstanding and … Continued

Please join us in congratulating Heather!

Posted 1 month ago

American Studies PhD Student Heather Menefee won a travel grant to present at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association 2018 Conference, Transformations: Leading Change. She will present on the student activism panel March 1-3, 2018 at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

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Congratulations, Dr. Frey!

Posted 1 month ago

We are thrilled to share that American Studies faculty member Dr. Benjamin Frey has been awarded a 2018 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 

Congratulations Charlotte!

Posted 2 months ago

American Studies PhD candidate Charlotte Fryar has been named one of the inaugural Dean’s Graduate Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is one of a class of 24 graduate students from across the college, recognized for her … Continued

Congratulations Dr. Robinson!

Posted 2 months ago

We are thrilled to announce that our own American Studies professor Dr. Michelle Robinson is one of only four recipients of the 2018 Chapman Family Teaching Awards!