American Studies

American Studies

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.

Major & MinorCourses

Upcoming Fall 2024 Courses

Student & Alumni Success

American Studies major Joanna Hejl ’20 has been named the University of Richmond’s first ever Beinecke Scholar. The scholarship provides recipients with $34,000 to support graduate studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

Greetings from the Richmond Exhibit
  • On the first day of class, the American Studies Capstone Seminar, taught by Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and American studies, gathered at UR Downtown and walked to The Valentine, just five blocks away.
  • Students explored the This is Richmond, Virginia exhibition at The Valentine with Meg Hughes, curator of archives.
  • At the Virginia Historical Society, the class met with Paige Newman, associate archivist for collections processing, to learn about their archives.
  • At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Assistant Curator of American Art Christopher Oliver, ’04, led a tour of the exhibition The Likeness of Labor. The class viewed photographs that were not included — a great lesson in curatorial practice.
  • Each student played a critical role in the development and installation of the exhibition. Caroline Weber, ’16, puts up the labels in the Wilton Companies Gallery at UR Downtown.
  • Greetings from Richmond, Virginia: Visitors through the Centuries includes 26 visitors — from Black Hawk to Lizzie Armitstead — spanning three centuries. Each student told the story of two visitors.
  • The exhibition features vintage postcards that celebrate Richmond as a city of history, leisure, and commerce - themes in the exhibition - and show what visitors were writing home about. Guests can take a postcard and share using #GreetingsFromRichmond.
  • The students, Nicole Sackley, and Alexandra Byrum, UR Downtown educational programming coordinator, gather at UR Downtown for the RVA First Fridays exhibition opening. Nearly 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members were in attendance.
  • Karolina Castro, ’16, answers questions as a friend explores guidebooks from Boatwright Library’s Special Collections. The exhibition also features Richmond tourism videos from 1955, 1977, and 2012 and tourist iteneraries from 1850, 1910, 1963, and 2016.
  • “Richmond — capital of the Cavaliers — a city that is mellow and yet modern, where the rustle of the past may still be heard amid the bustle of the present,” stated the 1937 publication, A Tour of Historic Richmond, one of five quotations that were chosen
  • Guests explore 19th and early 20th century visitors to Richmond below the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “I am captivated with it all; I am tempted to stay here.” (1905).

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton Promoted & Named Robins Professor

Lauren Tilton was promoted to professor of digital humanities and was appointed the E. Claiborne Robins Professor of Liberal Arts. Tilton specializes in analyzing, developing, and applying digital and computational methods to the study of 20th and 21st century documentary expression and visual culture.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton and Undergraduate Awarded

Lauren Tilton, E. Claiborne Robins Professor of Liberal Arts and Digital Humanities, and undergraduate student Mia Lazar, '24, have received a grant from Virginia Humanities for their project, Digital Documerica: Picturing the Environment in 1970’s America. Digital Documerica is a joint project of The Digital Scholarship Lab and the Distant Viewing Lab.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton Awarded

Photogrammar, a project led by Lauren Tilton, associate professor of digital humanities; and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics; along with colleagues in the Digital Scholarship Lab at UR and American Studies at Yale University, was awarded the American Studies Association's 2022 Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton and Arnold Awarded

Lauren Tilton, associate professor of digital humanities, and Taylor Arnold, associate professor of statistics, received a $485,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for their Distant Viewing Toolkit project. Learn more.

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Contact Us

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

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

Program Coordinator: Stephen Brauer
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Lynn Hardwicke