American studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides opportunities for students to study American culture, society, identity, and politics by combining coursework in a wide variety of disciplines into a single major.
What would a truthful representation of Richmond’s history look like? Students from Laura Browder's Representing Civil Rights in Richmond course and Nicole Maurantonio's Memory and Memorializing in the City of Richmond course gathered with VCU students and a panel of Richmond community activists and archivists to debate that question. Learn more.
A Q&A on community-based learning
Living-learning course takes an interdisciplinary look at disasters and memory
Domestic and international students explore Monticello with Dr. and Mrs. Ayers
Two classes - one studying Jewish history, the other the humanities - spend fall break in New York City
Students learn about archiving and digital collections in hands-on history course
A class project leads to independent study and, ultimately, a resource for comic arts researchers everywhere
Four cities provide a backdrop for studying urban planning on an international scale, and applying it at home
Class explores role of museums by curating an exhibit of Soviet Jewish immigrants in Richmond
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- Yellin Named Distinguished Educator
Dr. Eric Yellin was named a Distinguished Educator at this year's Colloquy ceremony.
- Yellin's Work with Princeton
Dr. Eric Yellin was one of nine scholars invited to submit a letter on Wilson’s legacy to Princeton’s Board of Trustees’ Wilson Legacy Review Committee, which was formed in response to student protests in the fall regarding the veneration of Wilson at Princeton and the broader racial culture there. He will be teaching a semester-long seminar on Wilson’s legacy at Princeton this fall.
- Winiarski Fellowship
Dr. Doug Winiarski has been awarded a semester-long Residential Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to support his project, “Shakers, Jerkers & the Shawnee Prophet: Religious Encounters on the Early American Frontier.”
- Digital Scholarship Lab Recognition
The work of Drs. Rob Nelson and Edward Ayers and their colleagues in the Digital Scholarship Lab was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which named the DSL’s American Panorama project a tech innovator for 2016.
- Documenting a Changing Neighborhood
Dr. Laura Browder and Dr. Patricia Herrera had their SSIR course featured on Virginia Currents. Their course, Documenting a Changing Neighborhood, allowed students to engage with the Richmond neighborhood of Church Hill to explore issues of gentrification.
- Ashe Feature in Richmond Times-Dispatch
English and American Studies professor Bert Ashe was profiled in the Richmond Times-Dispatch as he releases his book, "Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles."
- New Play Premieres
REMNANTS, co-written and co-directed by Dr. Patricia Herrera, recently premiered as part of the Theatre and Dance department's mainstage season. Style Weekly previewed the show.
- New Maurantonio Article
Dr. Nicole Maurantonio recently published "Remembering Rodney King: Myth, Racial Reconciliation, and Civil Rights History" in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
- Browder Named University Distinguished Educator
Dr. Laura Browder was named a 2014 University of Richmond Distinguished Educator