For over a year, Helen has worked as a research assistant for Art History Professor Todd Olson. During summer 2020,...
- American Studies Major Helen Pinto featured in “Berkeley Discovery Stories” November 10, 2020
- |AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE NEWS | New Berkeley course taught by American Studies Senate Lecturer Michael Mark Cohen examines 2020 election through the lens of American democracy November 2, 2020
- American Studies Alumnus Alex Serna wins Emerging Leader Award October 8, 2020
- Sarah Gold McBride Selected as Lecturer Teaching Fellow October 7, 2020
- |AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE NEWS | New article emerges from Scott Saul’s “The Berkeley Revolution” Seminar: Where Kamala Harris’ Political Imagination Was Formed – The short, influential life of Rainbow Sign September 14, 2020
Alex Serna, M.Ed., Class of 2011, has won the Emerging Leader Award from Orange County Grantmakers for his work as...
American Studies 101– P.T. Barnum and Other Scams. Instructor: S. Gold McBride (SESSION A – Six Weeks) American Studies 101...
The American Studies faculty have recorded video messages for new graduates to acknowledge your hard work and congratulate you on your achievements....
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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.
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Yi-Ning Chiu - Race, Nation, and International Relations, 1945-Present
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.” After continuing to work as a Reader for American Studies courses and co-pastoring the college fellowship of Ark Ministries of Berkeley, a local non-denominational, multi-ethnic church, Yi-Ning joined the team at Year Up, an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by equipping urban young adults ages 18-24 to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. She works there as an Internship Services Specialist.