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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.

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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.

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Faculty Highlights

  • Ayers Receives Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

    Tucker Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus Ed Ayers will receive the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.

  • Ayers on Podcasts@Boatwright

    University professor Ed Ayers discussed his latest book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America on Podcasts@Boatwright

  • Browder Fulbright

    Dr. Laura Browder has been awarded a grant to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in South Africa. She will partner with students, faculty and staff at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to curate an art exhibition focusing on inequality.

  • 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.

Greetings from Richmond Exhibit
On the first day of class, the American Studies Capstone Seminar, taught by Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and American studies, ga...
Students explored the This is Richmond, Virginia exhibition at The Valentine with Meg Hughes, curator of archives.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
American Studies Program
Carole Weinstein International Center, Room 306
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, Virginia 23173

Phone: (804) 484-1471
Fax: (804) 484-1577

Program coordinator: Nicole Sackley
Administrative Coordinator: Courtney Stilson