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Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora

American Studies

The American Studies track is part of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that studies the paradigmatic narratives that shape our received understandings of the American past and present. American Studies considers contexts such as settler colonialism, slavery, labor, capitalism, immigration, and war, all of which have influenced the ideas, history, culture, and society of the United States. Students examine how political, economic, and social differences inform and are reproduced by institutions and in public areas such as the law, education, work, health, and the environment. Students attend to the intersecting dynamics of race, class, religion, region, gender, and sexuality, and consider how these dynamics are mediated by literature, music, the visual arts, and popular culture.


Students interested in pursuing an American Studies Major should contact the track Director or RCD Department Administrator.

Kerri Greenidge
Director of American Studies
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor

Cynthia Sanders
Department Administrator
106 Eaton Hall