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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.

News

November 14, 2018
  Pedro Regalado, Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies program. Women of color burst through in last week’s midterm elections to diversify America’s local and national...
October 30, 2018
Yale history professors Mary Lui and Joanne Freeman discussed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 as part of “To Be a Citizen? The History of Becoming American,” the first...
October 10, 2018
Rebecca Jacobs, a graduate of Yale’s PhD program in American Studies, was on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis, an...
September 24, 2018
We are delighted to announce yet another book award garnered by Professor Albert Laguna.  Laguna’s book Diversión was awarded the Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book...
September 19, 2018
George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of Western Americana was recently profiled in YaleNews on the occasion of the opening of his new curated exhibit, ‘Eye on the...