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.


Image of Albert Laguna and current book
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...
image of Lisa Lowe
August 31, 2018
With great enthusiasm we announce that Lisa Lowe will be joining American Stuides. Lisa Lowe will begin her appointment in January 2019 as the Samuel Knight Professor of...
August 30, 2018
  I am the Queen, a compelling short film about some of the women of Chicago footwork, begins with a radiant poem: “From dance groups to battle cliques, we represent...
Robert Stepto image
August 8, 2018
Robert Stepto, newly named as the John M. Schiff Professor of English, focuses his research on the relation of literature to the visual arts and to folklore, literary...
Welcome Reception, Thurs, Sept 6 at 4pm
August 7, 2018
Please join us to celebrate the new academic year on Thursday, September 6th at 4pm in Davenport Common Room.