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.


January 17, 2015
Pleased to announce that Elizabeth Alexander has been elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, along with Linda Gregerson and Alicia Suskin Ostriker. This is an...
January 16, 2015
The Department is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Alexander has recently been named as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. Please visit YaleNews for the...
January 8, 2015
Laura Wexler project has been declared one of the five most compelling online digital history exhibits and Archive for 2014. The Photogrammar site, a Yale project, is an...