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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.

News

September 4, 2019
Congratulations! Contemporary Literature’s editors have selected Albert Laguna’s  essay, “Edgardo Vega Yunqué and the Comedy of Race,” volume 59, number 3 as the winner...
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August 30, 2019
 “Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography,” a team project that included our colleague Laura Wexler and our former colleague Leigh Raiford. The Closing Workshop...
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July 10, 2019
David William Blight, newly named as the Sterling Professor of History, of African American Studies, and of American Studies, is a renowned historian who is considered one of...
June 24, 2019
Hazel V. Carby retired at the end of spring 2019 term, capping a 30-year career as a scholar and mentor to her students at Yale University.  Yale News paid tribute to...
June 19, 2019
Matt Jacobson ‘s documentary, A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation, has received the  prestigious Gold Telly Award which honors excellence in...