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American Studies


American Studies, the oldest interdisciplinary major in American higher education, brings together the history, literature, and political institutions of the United States and the allied fields of art, music, philosophy, religion, sociology, and economics.

  • Davis Schneiderman
    Professor of English, Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of the Center for Chicago Programs

    Areas of Study:  American literature, American studies/Chicago literature and history, Remix/Mash-up culture, William S. Burroughs, innovative and avant literature

  • Donald Meyer
    Professor of Music, Chair of Cinema Studies (spring)

    Areas of Study:  music history, music theory, film music, electronic music, music composition.

  • Steven Rosswurm
    Professor of History

    Areas of Study:  American history, Mexican history 

  • Benjamin Zeller
    Associate Professor and Chair of Religion

    Areas of Study: North American religions, Christianity,
    religion & culture

  • Judy Massey Dozier
    Associate Professor of English, Chair of African American Studies

    Areas of Study: African American literature, gender studies, nineteenth-century American literature.

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Associate Professor of English

    Areas of Study: American literature, nineteenth-century literature, literature and the environment

  • Siobhan Moroney
    Associate Professor and Chair of Politics

    Areas of Study:  political theory, American politics

  • Miguel de Baca
    Associate Professor of Art History

    Areas of Study: America, modern, and contemporary art history

  • Rebecca Graff
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Urban Studies (spring), Chair of American Studies

    Areas of Study: historical archaeology, U.S. urban archaeology (19th- and 20th- century Chicago), modern and contemporary material culture, world’s fairs and expositions, anthropology of time and temporality, archaeology of tourism

  • Magdalena Wilk
    Lecturer in Politics

  • Stephanie Caparelli
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: criminal law, trial law, politics

  • Kevin Kimura
    Lecturer in American Studies

    Areas of Study: