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.


August 31, 2016
Whenever a professional athlete speaks out against injustice and oppression, fans split between those who celebrate it as an act of courage and those who dismiss it as...
August 29, 2016
American Studies extends a warm welcome to our new colleague, Tavia Nyong’o.  Professor Nyong’o is a renowned scholar of the African diaspora, performance studies...
August 14, 2016
Charles Musser co-curator with Jackie Stewart (University of Chicago) of Pioneers of African American Cinema just got a lot of attention, in particularly by the NY Times. To...