American Studies

Oddyard, interdisciplinary student journal, published with support from American Studies

Oddyard, an interdisciplinary student journal, has published its third issue, “Third Places,” with support from the Interdisciplinary Program in American Studies. Founded by undergraduate students in several disciplines and schools on campus, Oddyard focuses on the interaction between art and the city. “Third Places” examines the titular concept, coined by sociologists Ramon Oldenburg and Dennis Brissett, which are places an individual may spend time between their home and work. Examples include parks, cafes, marketplaces, music venues, bars, libraries, and various other community oriented arenas.  The third issue was published in […]

American Studies Major Brittany Postle Wins 2024 Haas Scholarship

Brittany is a junior with a concentration in Disability and Human Rights in America. Her Haas project is called “William O. Douglas and Fight for Pristine Wilderness in a Damaged World: How Ableism in the Supreme Court Shaped Our Ideas of Nature,” and her research questions are (to quote her application materials) “how the advocacy of Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas used his powers in office to create pristine wilderness spaces. Using the methodologies of Professor Sunaura Taylor’s disturbed ecologies, I seek to answer how the idea of the […]

Emma Gerson, American Studies graduate (class of 2023), has won the 2023 American Cultures Student Prize!

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American Studies is proud to announce that Emma Gerson, a graduate of our program (class of 2023), has won the 2023 American Cultures Student Prize! This prize recognizes exemplary student projects developed in American Cultures courses “that promotes understanding of U.S. race, ethnicity, and culture and exemplifies a standard of excellence in scholarship.” Emma’s award-winning submission, “Alcatraz: A Carceral-Colonial Space,” was the capstone project she created in my class, American Studies 102AC (Beaches in Mind: The Beach in American Culture), in Fall 2021. The prize committee praised the impressive nature of Emma’s research […]

We are proud to announce that Sarah Gold McBride has won the 2023 American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award!

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This coveted prize recognizes “inspiring and sustained commitment” to address the “multivocality of America’s diverse social fabric; the scales of geographic assemblage that support political and economic ways of being; the often contested nature of the political nation; the intersectional vectors that operate through everyday life.” It rewards “great creativity, ingenuity, and courage” in the classroom. For those of us who have been lucky enough to learn from and/or teach alongside Prof. Gold McBride, this is a much-deserved acknowledgement of her profound contributions to teaching in American Studies and in […]

American Studies Spring 2024 Conference – Twice Told Tales: May 3, 2024, at the Women’s Faculty Club, Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge

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9:30 AM  Coffee and Informal Welcome 10:00 Steven Lee (English) / “Cold War Subcultures: Viktor Tsoi and William Gibson’s Cyberpunk International” 10:40 Christian Paiz (Ethnic Studies) / “Walking with the comrades: a five year public history project on the UFW Movement” 11:20 Louise Mozingo (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning) / “From Persuasive Generosity to Expendable Commodity: The Future of the Modernist Corporate Estate” Noon-2:00 Break 2:00 PM Alec Stewart (Architecture) / “Meet Me at the Swap Meet”: Asian American Commerce and the Emergence of West Coast Hip Hop” 2:40 Laurie […]

American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase: Thursday, May 2, 2024, 12:00– 3:00 pm, 3335 Dwinelle

Please join the American Studies community for our annual celebration of the fantastic research and writing conducted by UC Berkeley’s American Studies majors this year! The 2nd Annual American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase will feature short presentations from 11 senior thesis students and an afternoon Q&A roundtable with presenters, who will share more about their senior thesis experience and their advice for future thesis students. The day will end with a reception for all attendees in Ishi Court from 3–4 pm. Join us to see a range of what’s possible […]

UGIS Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony: Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Zellerbach Hall Auditorium

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For tickets, important updates, and further information, please visit the UGIS Spring 2024 Commencement website. Guest tickets can be purchased at this link. Participating graduates do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves. The ticket link above is to purchase tickets for guests who will be celebrating with you! All tickets are general admission and seats are claimed on a first-come, first-served, basis. There will be a livestream of the ceremony for those who cannot physically attend the ceremony. The livestreaming link will posted here and on the UGIS […]

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

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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 […]