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Who we are

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
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. Read More

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

Sophia Ng - Twentieth Century American Culture

After graduating, Sophia Ng worked at Kickstarter in New York City as an Integrity Analyst. She also served as a Board Member for the National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum*New York City (NAPAWF*NYC) chapter, where she volunteered her time working on reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and worker advocacy issues. Sophia is currently a Fulbright Teaching Assistant, teaching English ata secondary school in Gopeng, Perak in Malaysia.
Read more about Sophia’s Thesis and Area of Concentration

Thesis: Sophia Ng : - Channels for Change: Sesame Streets Ability to Implement Civil Rights Ideology in Childrens Programming (Class of 2014)

GSI Jobs

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

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Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Office
Laura Spautz
265 Evans Hall
(510) 642-9320
amerstd@berkeley.edu

UGIS Office
231 Evans Hall
(510) 642-0108