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.


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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...
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...