The Department of American Studies at Brown University was founded in 1945 as a collaborative as well as interdisciplinary enterprise. The first catalog statement explained that it provided “the student with a more comprehensive and better unified knowledge of American Studies . . . than would be possible within the limits of a single department.” This rigorous interdisciplinary approach still informs the program's goal of reaching a better understanding of the diverse cultures, groups, and experiences that make up American Studies. Today, we work principally in three areas: American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Public Humanities.

The Department encourages students to take courses not only with our own faculty, but with faculty throughout the University and internationally.  In addition to traditional research and publishing, faculty and students work in the community, in popular journals, and online to provide their research findings and skills to the public. Drawing deeply from the traditions of the liberal arts, American Studies at Brown is predicated on the ideal of a scholarly engagement with the public that enables its graduates to, as Brown's 1764 University Charter demands, "discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation."

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Faculty Administrative Positions

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Miller, Kiri MChair of American Studies

Faculty Positions

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Abdur-Rahman, AliyyahAssociate Professor of American Studies and English

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Alvarado, LeticiaAssociate Professor of American Studies

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Baldoz, RichardAssociate Professor of American Studies

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Buhle, Mari JoProfessor Emerita of American Studies

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Escudero, Kevin AAssistant Professor of American Studies

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Estes, Eric SAdjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies

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Guterl, MatthewProfessor of Africana Studies and American Studies

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Haviland, BeverlySenior Lecturer Emerita in American Studies

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Hernandez, Jesus JamesAdjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies

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Hu-Dehart, EvelynProfessor of American Studies

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Kim, DanielProfessor of American Studies

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Lee, Robert GeorgeAssociate Professor Emeritus of American Studies

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Lee, ShelleyProfessor of American Studies

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Lubar, Steven DGeorge L. Littlefield Professor of American History

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Malone, Patrick MProfessor Emeritus of American Studies

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Meckel, Richard AlanProfessor Emeritus of American Studies

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Miller, Kiri MProfessor of American Studies

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Murphy, KianaAssistant Professor of American Studies

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Rodriguez, Ralph EProfessor of American Studies

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Shibusawa, NaokoAssociate Professor of American Studies

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Shih, ElenaManning Assistant Professor of American Studies

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Smulyan, SusanProfessor of American Studies

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St Armand, Barton LProfessor Emeritus of American Studies

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Weinstein, DebbieAssociate Professor of American Studies

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Zipp, SamuelProfessor of American Studies and Urban Studies