American Studies

New book by Shannon Steen: The Creativity Complex: Art, Tech, and the Seduction of an Idea

Excerpted from the website of University of Michigan Press Q&A with author Shannon Steen, assistant professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, where she is also faculty for the program in American Studies.  This guest author post is a Q&A with Shannon Steen, author of The Creativity Complex: Art, Tech, and the Seduction of an Idea , from the University of Michigan Press. The book is available in hardcover, paper, and accessible ebook. What initially inspired you to explore the concept of creativity and […]

American Studies Spring Conference, May 4, 2023 – Women’s Faculty Club

TWICE TOLD TALES Thursday, May 4, 2018 Women’s Faculty Club Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge, UC Berkeley   10:00 AM  Coffee and Informal Welcome 10:40 Brandi Summers (Geography) / “Black City Futures” 11:20 Mark Brilliant (History) / “Gilded State: California and the Origins of America’s New Gilded Age, 1966-1983” (Excerpt) Noon-2:00 Break 2:00 PM Mary Ryan (History) / “Searching for Democracy along the Pacific Shore of North America between 1775 and 1848” 2:40 Alexander Craghead (American Studies) / “Railroads, Power, and Technological Stories in California” 3:20 Michael Cohen (American Studies) / […]

American Studies Alumnus Calvin Nguyen Awarded the 2023 Tompkins Fellowship

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The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to name Calvin Nguyen, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, as the 2023 HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellow. The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of SAH and the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field the opportunity to work on a 12-week HABS history project. Nguyen’s fellowship project will focus on Los Angeles’s Chinatown. Nguyen will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation, MSHP program in […]

American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase: Wednesday May 3, 2023, 10 am – 3 pm 3335 Dwinelle

The American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase is a celebration of the fantastic research and writing conducted by UC Berkeley’s American Studies majors this year! The Showcase will feature short presentations from thirteen senior thesis students, as well as an afternoon Q&A roundtable with presenters. Join us to see a range of what’s possible in a thesis, learn more about the process, get advice, and most of all congratulate our American Studies majors and minors. Whether you are a major, a minor, an alumnus, or are just curious about the senior […]

American Studies Majors Win Haas and SURF Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce that….. Cassandra Branch is a new Haas Scholar. Her research project is “Silver Screen Sex Work: The Spectacular Mythology of ‘Prostitution’ in 1960s American Cinema.” Diana Choi is the Adam Z. Rice SURF recipient. Also, the following students will receive SURF support this summer for their research projects: Scott Underwood: “Black Roots of Bluegrass” Maddy Keo: “Dialogues of Courage: Personal Narratives and Problem-Posing Education” Marisela Tanori: “Halfway There: Housing and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals” Cat Stoehr: “The Dancer as Worker: Histories of Labor in […]

UC Berkeley professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers wins world-renowned Dan David Prize

Excerpted from The Berkeleyan, 3/21/23   Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Professor of History, recently won the prestigious Dan David Prize for her research that focuses on women and slavery. This global recognition for outstanding work in the study of the human past is given annually to up to nine recipients and recognizes emerging scholars whose work “illuminates the past in bold and creative ways.” “Our winners represent a new generation of historians,” said Ariel David, a Dan David Prize board member. “They are changing our understanding of the past by […]