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American Studies


American Studies, the oldest interdisciplinary major in American higher education, brings together the history, literature, and political institutions of the United States and the allied fields of art, music, philosophy, religion, sociology, and economics.

  • Davis Schneiderman
    Professor of English, Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty

    Areas of Study:  American literature, American studies/Chicago literature and history, Remix/Mash-up culture, William S. Burroughs, innovative and avant literature

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Professor of English, Chair of Environmental Studies

    Areas of Study: American literature, nineteenth-century literature, literature and the environment

  • Donald Meyer
    Professor of Music

    Areas of Study:  music history, music theory, film music, electronic music, music composition.

  • Siobhan Moroney
    Associate Professor and Chair of Politics

    Areas of Study:  political theory, American politics

  • Rebecca Graff
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Areas of Study: historical archaeology, U.S. urban archaeology (19th- and 20th- century Chicago), modern and contemporary material culture, world’s fairs and expositions, anthropology of time and temporality, archaeology of tourism

  • Benjamin Zeller
    Associate Professor of Religion

    Areas of Study: North American religions, Christianity,
    religion & culture

  • Brian McCammack
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Chair of American Studies

    Areas of Study: American environmental history, American environmental politics, American studies, African American studies, environmental justice

  • Stephanie Caparelli
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: criminal law, trial law, politics

  • Magdalena Wilk
    Lecturer in Politics

    Areas of Study: Domestic and International law and politics

  • Kevin Kimura
    Lecturer in American Studies

    Areas of Study: