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Faculty & Advisors

For American Studies

Heather D. Curtis, Director of American Studies Program, Associate Professor of Religion
American religions; history of race, religion & American nationalism; transnational humanitarianism & reform movements; history of global Christianity

Thomas Abowd, Lecturer in American Studies, Anthropology, and Arabic Studies
Colonialism and decolonization; race and racial politics; gender and sexuality; Arab and Muslim Americans; policing and urban protest

Jennifer Allen, Associate Professor (pnd), Public Health and Community Medicine
Health inequities; community-based interventions; "one health" – the interface of human-animal-environmental health

Alex Blanchette, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Industrialism and ethnography of labor; food, environment, and agriculture; animal studies

Steve Cohen, Senior Lecturer in Education
U.S. education, history education, desegregation of schools, modern US history

Pawan Dhingra, Professor of Sociology and American Studies
Sociology of race; immigration; social identities; Asian American studies

Kendra Taira Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies (on leave)
Slavery, freedom, race, and social movements in U.S., African-American, and Native American history; family history, memory, and memorialization

Matt Hooley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
Critical Indigenous Studies, Environment, Literary and Visual Arts Modernisms, Poetics

Ronna Johnson, Lecturer in English
American literature, postwar movements in U.S. arts and culture, the Beat generation, feminist theory, studies of 20th century women and intersectionality

Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Assistant Professor
Performance Studies, Queer Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies

Lisa Lowe, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies
U.S.-Asia Studies; race, colonialism, and diaspora; transnational feminisms; culture and globalization

Kris Manjapra, Associate Professor of History
Interim Director, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
Intellectual History; Transnational Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Urban History; Oral History; Digital Humanities

Helen B. Marrow, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Immigration; race and ethnicity; inequality and social policy; health; Latin American and Latino studies

Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science
American Politics, Political Behavior and Public Opinion, Race and Ethnic Politics

Noe Montez, Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance
Latino theatre and film, memory, trauma, and commemoration

Monica Ndounou, Assistant Professor of Drama
Theatre history and criticism; African American theatre and film

Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music
African American Music, Popular Music Studies, Transatlantic Musical Exchange, Trans/Gender and Sexuality Studies

Sarah Sobieraj, Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology of mass media; political sociology; social movements

Cathy Stanton, Senior Lecturer
Tourism, museums, myth and ritual, cultural performance, culture-led redevelopment, mobilities, farm history/heritage

Ichiro Takayoshi, Assistant Professor of English
American literary history; intellectual history; liberal political theory

Greg Thomas, Associate Professor of African American Literature (on leave)
Race and empire; Global African literature; body politics; epistemology; music and film; Black Radical Traditions; neo/colonialism and anti-colonialism.

Sabina Vaught, Associate Professor of Education
Educational studies; Critical Race Theory; Critical Feminisms; Institutional ethnography

Jean Wu, Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Director of Asian American Studies Race in America
Asian American studies, Anti-racist education and community-based action

Adriana Zavala, Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies (Sabbatical AY2016-17)
Latino studies; modern and contemporary Mexican, Latin American and Latino art; gender