a blog brought to you by american studies graduate students and faculty


This blog is run by the American Studies faculty and graduate students at Rutgers University-Newark. Here we hope to raise issues relevant to the study and practice of American Studies.

The American Studies program at Rutgers-Newark is composed of faculty members with backgrounds in Literature, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Spanish and Portuguese studies. In their research and teaching, they explore topics such as Latino masculinity, urban history and theory, contemporary Spanish American Literature, feminist and queer theory, women and gender, African American literature, jazz history, environmental history, and performance studies.

Current graduate student research areas include Black working-class feminism; memory, commemoration and historic preservation; African American radicalism; queer studies; bodily movement and circulation; and literary and artistic responses to the urban crisis.

At Rutgers-Newark, we support students and faculty in multi-disciplinary methodological approaches to research. Researchers visit local and national archives, attend public meetings and performances, conduct oral history interviews, and carry out ethnographic fieldwork. All our students, whether they are preparing for careers in the academy or the public sector, are asked to consider the diverse publics that their scholarship can serve and the many forms in which the fruits of their research can be disseminated.We welcome applications from current students who wish to pursue a career within the academy or the public sector, as well as from engaged professionals in the field who seek to strengthen their scholarly and career opportunities.


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