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.


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August 8, 2018
Robert Stepto, newly named as the John M. Schiff Professor of English, focuses his research on the relation of literature to the visual arts and to folklore, literary...
Welcome Reception, Thurs, Sept 6 at 4pm
August 7, 2018
Please join us to celebrate the new academic year on Thursday, September 6th at 4pm in Davenport Common Room.
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July 15, 2018
American Studies has packed up and relocated to the second floor of Arnold Hall during the renovation of HGS. Over the next two years the Hall of Graduate Studies will be...
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July 13, 2018
Alexander Zhang is the 2018 winner of the Lisa MacFarlane Prize awarded to the “best paper or project written and developed by an undergraduate located in New England on any...
photo Sylvia Ryerson
May 4, 2018
Our incoming Ph.D student, Sylvia Ryerson, just published this wonderful op-ed, “Building Prisons in Appalachia: The Region Deserves Better” in the Boston Review.