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American Studies

Welcome to Spring 2021

We are operating remotely but can be reached at amerstd@berkeley.edu.
We look forward to connecting with you!

The Major

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 Mark Brilliant

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

Emma Bianco - Cold War Politics and American Culture

Emma plans to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in history to continue studying the emergence and changing ideologies of Republicanism and extreme conservatism, particularly women’s role in redefining local party politics in California.

Thesis: “A Subversive Monstrosity:” The Right Wing’s Struggle with History Education in Orange County, California, 1965-1970

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
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UGIS Office