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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


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

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

Understanding January 6: The Far Right and the Politics of Race and Class
February 15 @ 3:00-4:30pm (Zoom)  A Conversation with Daniel HoSang Martinez and Joseph Lowndes

Contact the Director

Chris Vials

Director of American Studies
Beech Hall 415