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Welcome to American Studies

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.

Director Andrew Shanken

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.

Student Academic Advising

Laura Spautz, MPH

The Student Academic Advisor's job is to guide students and faculty as they navigate University, College, and Major Program policies. Laura is an experienced advisor who is available to serve as a sounding board for ideas and concerns as they arise. Office hours and contact information are located here.

Graduate Profiles

Wendy Bravo - Health and Minority Communities

After graduating in December 2012, Wendy began working full-time with Brown & Toland Medical Group in San Francisco. Her work mainly focuses on analyzing the implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs)–a new payment method for doctors, where payments are determined by the overall health of a patient, rather than by how many tests or exams a patient received. Wendy has also continued her volunteer work in community health and soon hopes to become a certified Covered California counselor to help people sign up for health insurance through the states health exchange. Wendy plans on returning to school to complete the requirements for medical school and pursue a career as a primary care doctor.

Thesis: Wendy Bravo : - "Growing Justice, Cultivating Change: Food, Race, and the Mandela Farmers' Market In West Oakland, California" (Class of 2012)

GSI Jobs

Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) and Reader Positions listed here.

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Faculty and Staff

Click here to see contact info and office hours for our contact Faculty, Staff and Directors

Administrative Office

Laura Spautz
265 Evans Hall
amerstd@berkeley.edu

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