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About the Program

An interdisciplinary field, American Studies focuses its attention on US culture and its relationship to the world beyond its borders. Established and dynamic, it brings together faculty and students from a wide variety of disciplines to promote an awareness of the complex cultural, political, and economic structures that have guided the history of the US and the Americas, from the first indigenous civilizations to the present day.

American Studies has increasingly situated the United States in a global context, examining the ways in which the nation has been transformed—and how it has shaped other regions—through the transnational flow of cultures, peoples, and institutional power across its boundaries

Initiatives

American Studies Faculty Writing Group

Sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute, a writing group for faculty who work on the United States or the Americas. If you would like to participate, contact Chris Vials at christopher.vials@uconn.edu.

Ph.D. Certificate in American Studies

The UConn Board of Trustees recently approved a Ph.D. Certificate in American Studies. The certificate allows graduate students the opportunity to assimilate research methods across the disciplines into their work, resulting in a legitimately interdisciplinary dissertation. To this end, we also created new graduate courses in American Studies.

News and Events

A New World Order?  A Roundtable on Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

April 1st @ 1:00-2:30pm.  Oxana Shevel, Ellen Litman, Sara Silverstein

Freedom Inside?  Yoga and Meditation in the Carceral State

February 18 @ 1:30pm (Zoom).  A Talk by Farah Godrej

Afghanistan and the Course of US Empire
September 29 @ 4:00-5:30pm (Zoom) A Conversation with Gilbert Achcar, Quan Tran, and Robert Vitalis

 

Contact the Director

Chris Vials

Director of American Studies
christopher.vials@uconn.edu
860-486-5083
Beech Hall 415