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.


July 13, 2018
Alexander Zhang is the 2018 winner of the Lisa MacFarlane Prize awarded to the “best paper or project written and developed by an undergraduate located in New England on any...
photo Sylvia Ryerson
May 4, 2018
Our incoming Ph.D student, Sylvia Ryerson, just published this wonderful op-ed, “Building Prisons in Appalachia: The Region Deserves Better” in the Boston Review. 
April 9, 2018
A hearty congratulations to Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, who has recently received this year’s Graduate Mentor...
April 2, 2018
Will’s just finished a new short film focused on the women of Chicago footwork called, I am the Queen. Please check it out on Fader magazine. http://www.thefader.com/...
April 2, 2018
Laura Renee Barraclough, newly designated as the Sarai K. Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies, teaches and conducts research on American cities, race, class, and...