American Studies

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."

Faculty Administrative Positions

Guterl, Matthew, Chair of American Studies

Faculty Positions

Alvarado, Leticia, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Buhle, Mari, Professor Emerita of American Studies

Escudero, Kevin, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Frank, Caroline, Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies

Guterl, Matthew, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies

Haviland, Beverly, Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Hoover, Elizabeth, Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies

Hoover, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Hu-Dehart, Evelyn, Professor of American Studies

Huambachano, Mariaelena, Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies

Keene, Adrienne, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Kim, Daniel, Associate Professor of American Studies

Lee, Robert, Associate Professor of American Studies

Lubar, Steven, Professor of American Studies

Malone, Patrick, Professor Emeritus of American Studies

Martinez, Monica, Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies

Martinez, Monica, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Meckel, Richard, Professor of American Studies

Miller, Kiri, Professor of American Studies

Rodriguez, Ralph, Associate Professor of American Studies

Shibusawa, Naoko, Associate Professor of American Studies

Shih, Elena, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Smulyan, Susan, Professor of American Studies

St Armand, Barton, Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies

Weinstein, Debbie, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Zipp, Samuel, Associate Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies