American Studies

Understanding “American culture” as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas

The Undergraduate degree program in American Studies 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.

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Spotlight on American Studies Graduates

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Shabnam Banerjee-McFarland

Shabnam Banerjee-McFarland : - Racial Formations In New York Fashion Week under the Obama Era (Class of 2014)
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Adrienne Johnson

Talking with Their Mouths Full: Competitive Eating and the Cultural Meaning of American Bodies
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Cleavon Gilman

Cleavon Gilman : - "William Nelson Colson: The Effects of Northernization and Francization on Southern Negroes in the Pursuit of Unequivocal Equality (1915-1922)" (Class of 2009)
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Rachel Kovinky

From Potato Patches to Community Collectives: The Roots of Revitalization in Detroit

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