The American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary engagement with what America means in the United States and in a global context. Faculty encourage students to look at the meaning and reality of the evolving United States as a question still in need of answering and as an experiment still in process, not as a dream fully realized. We use multiple perspectives and methodologies and require that students synthesize knowledge in ways that develop the skills needed for rigorous, complex analysis.
American Studies News
Miloš Balać ’11 was the primary point person on the ground, connecting with the town and the team.Read more
Earlier this year, the American Studies Program welcomed Mary Pat Brady and Chloe Ahmann as the new Program Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies, respectively. The two new faculty members will continue their professorships in their appointed departments while assuming responsibilities in t...Read more
“I’ve learned so many different things in American Studies, which has allowed me to be diverse and quick on my feet and have a wide variety of knowledge, which I think I would’ve only gotten through my coursework in American Studies…I encourage everyone to at least try them out for a little bit.”Read more
A Cornell historian says one of the most important aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was his insistence on speaking up against social and economic injustice.Read more
Student Spotlight: Claudia León
American Studies major, Claudia León co-curated "Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created," which was at Kroch Library through September 2023.
When asked about the American Studies major, León stated, "I don’t think I can overstate the impact (AMST/HIST 1802) had on me — it introduced me to an entire history, people looking at artwork partially my own, that I had never learned in either the U.S. or Puerto Rican education systems. Learning histories that are deliberately suppressed also helped me reframe and re-evaluate the histories I had been taught, which piqued my interest in historiography while igniting a desire to further explore my Puerto Rican history."
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