For more than 60 years, American Studies at Yale has promoted scholarship on the cultures and politics of the United States. We emphasize the interdisciplinary study of history and culture, national identity, and the construction of local, indigenous, borderland, and diasporic communities.

American Studies offers a broad-ranging curriculum to introduce students to critical scholarship and methods from multiple disciplines.  The program has a national and international reputation for its faculty and graduates and its commitment to public humanities.


March 17, 2015
Lauren Tilton, a doctoral candidate in American studies, talks about why she chose Yale and what she loves about the university. Tilton is co-director, with Professor Laura...
March 17, 2015
A hearty congratulations to David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor Emeritus of American History and Gilder Lehrman Center Founding Director, who has won the National Book...
February 26, 2015
Hazel Carby and Michael Denning were recently honored with lifetime achievement awards in their respective fields are featured in an interview in Yale News: “In conversation...