faculty & staff


Director of American Studies:

Noliwe Rooks

Associate Professor Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Ph.D., University of Iowa)
Office: 403A Morrill Hall
Telephone: (607) 255-4506
Email: nmr67@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: Racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women’s studies.

Fall 2017 Office Hours
Mondays 2:00-4:00 p.m.
and by appointment

Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Shirley Samuels

Professor of English (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 257 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: srs8@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American literature and culture; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American fiction; feminist criticism, American studies.

Fall 2017 Office Hours in 403C Morrill Hall
Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am
and by appointment

American Studies Program Manager:

Adrienne Clay

Office: 402 Morrill Hall
Email: abc252@cornell.edu
Telephone: (607) 255-0097

American Studies Faculty:

Glenn Altschuler

The Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies; Dean of Continuing Education and Summer Session (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: B20 Day Hall
Email: gca1@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American culture, American politics, American popular culture, history of education in America.

Edward Baptist

Professor of History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)
Office: 433 McGraw Hall
Email: eeb36@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: 19th century U.S. history; history of slavery

Richard Bensel

Gary S. Davis Professor of Government (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: 312 White Hall
Email: rfb2@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American political development; political economy, state theory, political culture.

Jeremy Braddock

Associate Professor of English (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)
Office: 241 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: jb358@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: Twentieth-century American literature and culture, with special interest in modernism, cultural institutions, media and book history.

Mary Pat Brady

Associate Professor of English (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles)
Office: 281 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: mpb23@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: U.S. Latino and Latina literatures and cultures; cultural studies, American multi-ethnic literatures.

Derek Chang

Associate Professor of History (Ph.D., Duke University)
Office: 454 McGraw Hall
Email: dsc37@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: Asian American, African American, and 19th Century U.S. history; U.S. race relations; American religion.

Eric T. Cheyfitz

Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Office: 157 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: etc7@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American literature, federal Indian law.

Ella Diaz

Assistant Professor of English and Latina/o Studies, (Ph.D., College of William and Mary)
Office: 65 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: emd233@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures and visual cultures.

Cheryl Finley

Associate Professor of History of Art, (Ph.D., Yale University)
Office: GM04 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: cf86@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: African American and African Diaspora art history and visual culture, cultural memory theory, history of photography, the art market, musuem studies, African architecture, cultural heritage tourism.

Jason Frank

Professor of Government (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Office: 307 White Hall
Email: jf273@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: Modern and contemporary political theory; American political thought; democratic theory; political culture.

Kevin K. Gaines

W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History (Ph.D., Brown University)
Office: Africana Studies & Research Center
Email: kkg37@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: African American history, art, music, literature, and contemporary culture in global perspective.

J. Ellen Gainor

Professor of Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., Princeton University)
Office: 424 Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Email: jeg11@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American Drama and Theatre; Women and Theatre.

Maria Cristina Garcia

Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies (Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin )
Office: 432 McGraw Hall
Email: mcg20@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: North American refugee/immigration policy; U.S. Latino history; migration in the Americas.

Bill Gaskins

Visiting Associate Professor of Art (M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art)
Office: 221E Tjaden Hall
Email: gaskins@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Race and representation; photography, cinema and portraiture; contemporary art and the politics of visual culture, media literacy, art and design education, and the artist as citizen.

Frederich Gleach

Senior Lecturer and Curator of the Anthropology Collections (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Office: 163 McGraw Hall
Email: fwg1@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Native North America, Puerto Rico and Cuba; textual, material and visual culture; tourism; history of American anthropology.

Larry Glickman

Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 307 McGraw Hall
Email: lbg49@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: U.S. cultural, labor and political history; history of consumer society; Gilded Age and Progressive era.

Travis Gosa

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Office: 208 Africana Studies & Research Center
Email: tlg72@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: African American music, politics, and education; hip hop culture; social media; urban studies; racial discourse.

Sabine Haenni

Associate Professor of American Studies/Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Office: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Email: sh322@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American cinema; silent film; mass culture; cinema in the context of other media (including theater); theories of race and ethnicity; immigrant cultures, urban studies.

Anna R. Haskins

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Office: 354 Uris Hall
Email: arh96@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: Social Stratification and Inequality, Sociology of Education, Race and Ethnicity, Mass Incarceration.

George Hutchinson

Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture; Director, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines; Faculty Fellow-in-Residence, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington)
Office: 244 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: gbh33@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American modernism; African-American literature; Race in American culture; Walt Whitman

Louis Hyman

Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and History; Director, Institute for Workplace Studies (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Office: 356 Ives Hall
Email: lrh62@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: History of capitalism in the United States; the rise of temporary labor in the postwar United States and its effects on the organization of American business; the future of work.

Karen Jaime

Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies (Ph.D., New York University)
Office: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Email:  kj12@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Performance studies/theories; Latina/o performance, film, and culture; Spoken word poetry and hip-hop theatre/studies; Critical Race Theory; Women of Color feminisms; and Queer of Color Critique.

Kurt Jordan

Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian and Indigenous Studies (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Office: 268 McGraw Hall
Email: kj21@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American Indian archaeology, especially Haudenosaunee (Iroquois); Historical archaeology; Colonialism, Cultural entanglement, and Indigenous autonomy.

Karim-Aly Kassam

International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: 8A Fernow Hall
Email: ksk28@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Arctic social science; linkage between biological and cultural diversity; indigenous cultures and social change; climate change and its impacts; community economic development; food security and food sovereignty, gender analysis; human ecology; indigenous knowledge (ways of knowing); indigenous land and marine use; natural resource policy and management; participatory action research; social history of Muslim societies, and pluralism.

Jonathan Kirshner

Stephen & Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy (Ph.D., Princeton University)
Office: 323 White Hall
Email: jdk5@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: International Relations, money and finance, political economy and national security, politics and film.

Ronald Kline

Bovay Professor in the History and Ethics of Engineering (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Office: 323C Morrill Hall
Email: rkk1@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: History of technology; history of cybernetics; social history of “urbanizing” technologies in rural life; historical relationship between science and technology; history of the engineering profession and industrial research in the United States.

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann

Assistant Professor of History (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Office: 318 McGraw Hall
Email: jkh224@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: U.S. political and social history after World War II; gender, race and class inequality; social movements, electoral politics, and notions of state responsibility for social problems; the welfare-state and mass-incarceration.

Oneka LaBennett

Associate Professor of Africana Studies (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Office: 211 Africana Studies & Research Center
Email: olabennett@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Popular youth culture; race, gender and consumption; urban anthropology; transnationalism and diaspora; and Caribbean migration.

Alexander Livingston

Assistant Professor of Government (Ph.D., University of Toronto)
Office: 215 White Hall
Email: alexander.livingston@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Contemporary political theory, democratic theory, pragmatism and American pragmatism, nineteenth-century political thought.

Alejandro Madrid

Professor of Musicology (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Office: 114 Lincoln Hall
Email: alm375@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Latino musics; masculinities; U.S.-Mexico border; transnationalism; embodied culture.

Joe Margulies

Professor of Law and Government (J.D., Northwestern University Law School)
Office: 117 White Hall
Email: jm347@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American political culture; criminal defense and civil rights; the excesses of the national security state and the criminal justice system.

Veronica Martinez-Matsuda

Assistant Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and History (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin)
Office: 373 Ives Hall
Email: vm248@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: The role of the Migratory Labor Camp Program; intersections between labor and citizenship.

Kate McCullough

Associate Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 288 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: mkm23@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: U.S. literature after 1865; 20th and 21st century U.S. literature; women’s literature; race and ethnicity in U.S. fiction; feminist theory; queer theory; diaspora studies.

Suzanne Mettler

Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: 217 White Hall
Email:  sbm24@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American politics; American political development, public policy, political behavior, gender and politics.

Jamila Michener

Assistant Professor of Government (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Office: 305 White Hall
Email:  jm2362@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American politics; poverty and inequality; political participation; race and ethnic politics; urban politics; public policy.

Viranjini Munasinghe

Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Office: 205 McGraw Hall
Email: vpm1@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Caribbean (Trinidad) and Asian diaspora in the Americas; ethnicity, nationalism, nation-building projects and the politics of exclusion.

Mary Beth Norton

Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, (Ph.D., Harvard University)
Office: 325 McGraw Hall
Email: mbn1@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American history, 1607-1800: social, intellectual, legal and political; women and gender in Anglo-America.

Jon Parmenter

Associate Professor of History (Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Office: 324 McGraw Hall
Email: jwp35@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Native American (esp. Iroquois) and early American history.

Judith Peraino

Professor of Music (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 116 Lincoln Hall
Email: jap28@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: The intersection of subject formation, gender and sexual identity, and musical expression in American and British rock and pop styles of the 1960s and 1970s.

Benjamin Piekut

Associate Professor of Musicology (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Office: 129 Lincoln Hall
Email: bdp63@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Experimental music, improvisation, cultural studies, jazz, popular music, and sound studies.

Steve Pond

Associate Professor of Musicology (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 101 Lincoln Hall
Email: sfp8@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: World music; popular music; jazz.

Riché Richardson

Associate Professor of African American Literature (Ph.D., Duke University)
Office: Africana Studies & Research Center
Email: rdr38@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: African-American literature; gender studies; Southern studies.

Jolene Rickard

Associate Professor of History of Art, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo)
Office: G35 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: jkr33@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Issues of Indigeneity within a global context.

Russell Rickford

Associate Professor of History (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Office: 322 McGraw Hall
Email: rr447@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Pan Africanism; black radicalism; transnational blackness; African-American political culture; American social movements.

Diane Rubenstein

Professor of Government (Ph.D., Yale University)
Office: 102A White Hall
Email:  dsr27@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Political rhetoric; political, literary, and psychoanalytic theory; continental theory (primarily French, German, and Italian) and contemporary manifestations of ideology; American cultural studies; the postmodern presidency.

Aaron Sachs

Professor of History (Ph.D., Yale University)
Office: 350 McGraw Hall
Email: as475@cornell.edu
Areas of interest: American culture, environmental studies.

Nick Salvato

Associate Professor of Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., Yale University)
Office: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Email: ngs9@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American cinema and media; twentieth-century theatre and performance; television and popular culture; feminist and queer theory; cultural studies.

M. Elizabeth Sanders

Professor of Government (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: 314 White Hall
Email: mes14@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: American political development, social movements, economic regulation, foreign policy, national government institutions (especially the presidency and bureaucracy), urban ecology and sustainability.

Vilma Santiago-Irizarry

Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., New York University)
Office: 212 McGraw Hall
Email: vs23@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Ethnoracial identity; language, institutional culture, legal anthropology, ethnographic methods, urban anthropology, Latino cultures.

Martin Shefter

Professor of Government (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Office: 211 White Hall
Email: mas34@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Urban politics; American political development; American political institutions.

Samantha Sheppard

Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Office: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Email: sns87@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Cinema and media studies; black cultural production/production cultures; African-American cinema; sports films; television history; feminist film/feminist history.

Anna Marie Smith

Professor of Government (Ph.D., University of Essex)
Office: 309 White Hall
Email: ams3@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Jurisprudence and normative political theory; distributive justice and socioeconomic rights; public policy: education, poverty assistance; feminist theory and feminist legal studies; critical race theory; the rhetoric of modern State power and citizenship.

C. Riley Snorton

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)
Office: 108 Africana Studies and Research Center
Email: crs352@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Cultural theory; queer and transgender studies; black popular culture; performance studies.

Amy Villarejo

Professor of Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh)
Office: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Email: av45@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Cinema and media; popular culture; gender and queer studies; critical theory.

Sofia Villenas

Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Office: 226 McGraw Hall
Email:  sav33@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of education, critical race studies, Latina/o Studies, educational equity and social movement, multicultural and bilingual education, Women of Color feminist thought, Latina mothers and narrative, Latina/o diaspora communities.

Sara Warner

Associate Professor of Performing and Media Arts (Ph.D., Rutgers University)
Office: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Email: slw42@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Dramatic literature and theory; performance studies; theories of sex, gender, and sexuality; theater and social change; and the American prison system.

Margaret Washington

Professor of History (Ph.D., University of California, Davis)
Office: 305 McGraw Hall
Email: mw26@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: African American cultural, intellectual, and religious history; gender; the American South.

Christopher Wildeman

Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management (Ph.D., Princeton University)
Office: 137 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Email: cjw279@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children; child welfare and the foster care system.

Sunn Shelley Wong

Associate Professor of English and Asian-American Studies (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: 282 Goldwin Smith Hall
Email: ssw6@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: Asian American, African American, and ethnic literatures; Asian Canadian literature; cultural studies.

Mary Woods

Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Office: 121C Rand Hall
Email:  mnw5@cornell.edu
Areas of Interest: History of architecture and urbanism; history of architectural practice and profession; history of photography and film as they intersect with architecture and urbanism; 19th and 20th century European and American architecture and urbanism.

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