For more than 70 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 29, 2023
The American Studies community gathered on March 28, 2023 to celebrate four new books by faculty members Matt Jacobson, Scott Herring, Jim Berger, and Ned Blackhawk. ...
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March 2, 2023
We proudly announce Sylvia Ryerson has been awarded the 2022 Jack Spadaro Documentary Award for her film documentary, Calls From Home. The judges commented that Calls From ...
February 22, 2023
Congratulations to Jacinda Tran, doctoral candidate in Yale’s American Studies program! Tran’s paper, “‘When the Landscape is the Enemy’: U.S. Visual and Ecological Warfare...