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.


April 24, 2019
Professor Albert Laguna’s book, Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America, has earned Honorable Mention from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American...
Alexander Zhang
April 18, 2019
Alexander Zhang received a fellowship to support work towards a PhD/JD in History and Law at Yale University. His scholarship will bridge constitutional law with ethnic...
New Haven Library
March 26, 2019
The New Haven Register publishes “Talking ‘Democracy in Crisis’ at the New Haven library” The ongoing series of presentations and civic discussions by Public Humanities at...
February 8, 2019
American Studies is delighted to announce that our dear friend and recently retired colleague Dolores Hayden is being inducted as a 2019 Fellow in the Society of...
Protesters rally for the rights of immigrants and against a southern border wall at the Texas Capitol in Austin in 2017. (Eric Gay/AP)
January 22, 2019
 Randa Tawil is a PhD candidate in American Studies and holds a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Broadly, she is interested in the intersections of race,...