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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.

Department News

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. 

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Faculty Highlights

  • Ayers elected to Colonial Williamsburg board

    Edward Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus, was elected to the board of trustees for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

  • Winiarski New England Society Book Award

    Religious studies and American studies professor Douglas Winiarski has been awarded a 2018 Book Award for nonfiction by The New England Society for his work, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England.

  • Yellin Grant History professor Eric Yellin received a grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center to research the political, cultural, and social meanings of Social Security after World War II.
  • Winiarski Book Wins Bancroft Prize

    Religious studies professor Doug Winiarski's book Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England  won the 2018 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, presented by Columbia University.

  • 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.

  • 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.” 

  • 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.

Feature Stories

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
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, Virginia 23173

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

Program Coordinator: Laura Browder