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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

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...
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September 13, 2018
Albert Laguna is the winner of the 2017 Peter C. Rollins Book Prize hosted by the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. The Northeast Popular/American Culture...