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About American Studies

An interdisciplinary field, American Studies focuses its attention on U.S. 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.


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 Martha Cutter at martha.cutter@uconn.edu.

Graduate Certificate in American Studies

The Graduate Certificate in American Studies 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. For more information, contact Martha Cutter.

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Contact the Director

Martha Cutter

Director of American Studies
(860) 486-1761
Austin 143