American Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The interdisciplinary American Studies program takes as its subject the cultures that have developed in what is now the United States, understanding "American culture" as the interplay of material practices and the realm of ideas. It considers technology, economy, urbanism, and ecology, as well as literature, the arts, and political and geographic history.  American Studies takes a particular interest in cultural hybridity, cultural layering, and in American culture exported abroad.

The goal of the Interdisciplinary American Studies program is to utilize the enormous and varied resources of the institution to teach students how to ask and answer scholarly questions; to formulate and undertake a focused interdisciplinary course of study; and to design and execute a substantial integrative research project. In doing this, we build upon several generations of scholars across disciplines who have advocated the critical study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and mass culture, as well as the examination of America as part of an increasingly globalized world.

Undergraduate Program

American Studies: BA (Group Major)

Graduate Program

There is no graduate program in American Studies.

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Courses

American Studies

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Michael Cohen, Associate Teaching Professor. African American Studies/American Studies.

Kathleen S. Moran, Associate Director, Lecturer.

Christine Palmer, Lecturer.

Jessica Kenyatta Walker, Lecturer. African American material culture, Black feminist theory, cultural landscape theory.

Affiliated Faculty

Charles L. Briggs, Professor. Anthropology. Linguistic and medical anthropology, social theory, modernity, citizenship and the state, race, and violence.

Mark Brilliant, Director, American Studies. History/American Studies. 20th century US history, with a focus on political economy, civil rights, education, law, and the west.
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Raul Coronado, Associate Professor. Ethnic Studies.

Margaret L. Crawford, Professor. Architecture. Everyday urbanism, evolution, uses and meanings of urban space and therapid physical and social changes on villages in China’s Pearl River Delta.

+ Kathleen Donegan, Associate Professor. English. Colonial America, early America, Native America, early Caribbean.
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Peter Glazer, Associate Professor. Theater.

Marcial Gonzalez, Associate Professor. English. Chicano and Chicana literature, twentieth-century American ethnic literatures, theory of the novel, marxism, critical theory, farm worker social movements.
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Dorothy J. Hale, Professor. English. English literature, American literature, the novel, narrative theory, critical theory, Henry James, William Faulkner, the modern novel of consciousness.
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David Henkin, Professor. History. US History, urban history, cultural history, History of Time.
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Shari Huhndorf, Professor. Native American Studies. Interdisciplinary Native American studies, cultural studies, gender studies, American studies, literary and visual culture.
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Richard Hutson, Professor Emeritus. English.
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Jake Kosek, Associate Professor. Geography.

Lauren Kroiz, Assistant Professor. Art History. History and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, the relationships between regionalism, nationalism and globalism.

Michel Laguerre, Professor. African American Studies. Globalization, information technology, urban studies.
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Margaretta M. Lovell, Professor. Art History. Architecture, design, American art.
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Waldo E. Martin, Professor. History. African American History, Modern American Culture.
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Louise A. Mozingo, Professor. Environmental Design.

Samuel Otter, Professor. English. African American literature, 19th century American literature, 17th and 18th century American literature, Herman Melville, race in American culture, literature and history, discourse and ideology, close reading.
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Genaro M. Padilla, Professor. English. American literature, Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies, American autobiography.
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Mark A. Peterson, Professor. History. US/North America, Atlantic World, early modern history, religion, political economy.
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Beth Piatote, Associate Professor. Native American Studies.
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Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor. African American Studies. Social movements, visual culture, memory, photography, African American history and culture.
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Tamara C. Roberts, Assistant Professor. Music.

Juana Maria Rodriguez, Professor. Ethnic Studies.

Christine Rosen, Associate Professor. Business. History of business and the environment, business history, green chemistry, sustainable business strategies.
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Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor. History.

Alex M. Saragoza, Associate Professor. Ethnic Studies. Ideology, modern Mexico, Latin American history, structural origins of Mexican migration, cultural formations in Mexico, Mexican cinema, radio, television.
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Scott Andrew Saul, Professor. English. African American studies, 20th century American literature and culture, performance studies, jazz studies, histories of the avante-garde.
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+ Susan Schweik, Professor. English. Feminist theory, cultural studies, American poetry, disability studies, 20th-century poetry, literature and politics, war literature.
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Andrew Shanken, Professor. Architecture. Memory, visionary architecture, the unbuilt, paper architecture, heritage conservation, architectural representation, urban representation, diagrams, history of professions, historiography, world's fairs, expositions, California architecture, themed environments.
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Shannon Steen, Associate Professor. Theater Studies.

Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor. English. Critical theory, African American literature, historiography.
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Associate Professor. Chair, Art Practice, English. American literature, native American literature, autobiography, ethnic American literature.
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Visiting Faculty

Greil Marcus

Emeritus Faculty

Donald McQuade, Professor Emeritus. English, Advertising, 20th century American literature and culture, theory and practice of non-fiction, literature and popular culture, the American Renaissance, the essay as literature.
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Contact Information

American Studies Program

237 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-9320

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Director

Mark Brilliant, PhD

2311 Dwinelle

mbrill@berkeley.edu

Associate Director

Kathleen Moran, PhD

241 Evans Hall

kmoran@berkeley.edu

Student Academic Advisor

Laura Spautz, MPH

237 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-9320

amerstd@berkeley.edu

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