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 December 2014, Sophia Ng began working full-time at Kickstarter in New York City. In her role as an Integrity Analyst, she shapes Kickstarter’s policy by reviewing project submissions from all over the world for appropriate content, tone, and compliance. Outside of work, Sophia spends her long subway commutes consuming any and all literature related to Asian Pacific American history, microfinance, and women activists. Heavily influenced by her work with the Asian Pacific American community while at Cal, Sophia recently joined the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum*New York City (NAPAWF*NYC) chapter as a Board Member. Through NAPAWF*NYC, she is excited to volunteer her time working on reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and worker advocacy issues.
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