Faculty

Two Promoted AMS Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Mike Innis-Jimenez and Dr. Jeff Melton on their promotions to Full Professor!  Dr. Innis-Jimenez joined the department in 2008 and specializes in Latinx Studies. His well-regarded work looks at the intersections among immigration, labor, and urban studies. He is also the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Melton has been with the

Dr. Tang’s Letter to American Studies community

Dear AMS community, As Department Chair, I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to since the University of Alabama closed its campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting this Monday, March 30, 2020, the university will offer alternative modes of instruction. Faculty members in the AMS Department spent Spring Break putting

Dr. Melton an expert on travel writing

Dr. Jeff Melton, an expert on travel writing, discusses the significance of Mark Twain’s bestselling book, The Innocents Abroad (1869), on the 150th anniversary of its publication.   https://marktwainstudies.com/an-ode-to-the-innocents-abroad/

Congratulations to Dr. Odle

Congratulations to Dr. Mairin Odle for being selected for a summer residency at the prestigious National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Odle will spend the summer completing her book manuscript on body markings (tattooing, scalping) in early America. UA Professors Selected For Prestigious NHC Summer Residency    

New Book by AMS Faculty

Dr. Edward Tang has a new book out, From Confinement to Containment: Japanese/American Arts during the Early Cold War. It examines the lives and works of four Japanese and Japanese American figures – a novelist, a film star, a painter, and a children’s author – from the World War II era to the onset of the

Our New AMS Instructor

The Department of American Studies welcomes its newest member, Dr. Jack Carey.  He comes to us from the University of Mississippi, where he received his PhD, with a specialization in the intellectual and cultural history of the U.S. South.  Dr. Carey will be teaching sections of Intro to Southern Studies and Intro to Western Studies,

AMS Faculty Wins Book Award

The AMS Department congratulates Dr. Stacy Morgan for winning the 2018 Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book in Folklore and History for his monograph Frankie and Johnny: Race, Gender, and the Work of African American Folklore in 1930s America (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017). In the words of the Award Committee, “This book