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Director : Donald McQuade
The Interdisciplinary American Studies program takes as its subject the cultures that have developed in what is now the United States, understanding "American culture" as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas. It considers technology, economy, urbanism, and ecology, as well as literature, the arts, and political and geographic history. American Studies takes a particular interest in cultural hybridity, cultural layering, and in American culture exported abroad.
The goal of the Interdisciplinary American Studies program is to utilize the enormous and varied resources of the institution to teach students how to ask and answer scholarly questions, to formulate and undertake a focused interdisciplinary course of study, and to design and execute a substantial integrative research project. In doing this, we build upon several generations of scholars across disciplines who have advocated the critical study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and mass culture, as well as the examination of America as part of an increasingly globalized world. Read More
After graduating in 2012, Yi-Ning worked briefly for an online education startup before returning to the American Studies department, where she was a section leader for American Studies 10: "Hollywood: The Place, the Industry, the Fantasy." She currently works as a Reader for American Studies courses and co-pastors the college fellowship of Ark Ministries of Berkeley, a local non-denominational, multi-ethnic church.
The Student Academic Advisor's job is to guide students and faculty as they navigate University, College, and Major Program policies. MacKenzie is an experienced educator who is available to serve as a sounding board for ideas and concerns as they arise.