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.


December 11, 2019
American Studies Holiday Reception will be held on December 11th at 4:00 p.m. in Davenport College, Common Room area.
November 6, 2019
Candace Borders, a second year PhD student in American Studies and African American Studies, received an award this month for a paper presented at the National Conference of...
November 1, 2019
I write with the wonderful news that Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas, a volume co-edited by Ned Blackhawk and Isaiah Lorado Wilner (recent Ph.D.,...
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...