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AMS Alum and Team Finalists for Pulitzer Prize

AMS alumus, Andrew Beck Grace, along with Chip Brantley, Graham Smith, Nicole Beemsterboer, and Robert Little of NPR were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting for their work on “White Lies.” This podcast examined a series of murders that occurred during the Civil Rights period. https://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/andrew-beck-grace-chip-brantley-graham-smith-nicole-beemsterboer-and-robert-little-npr

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

AMS GTAs’ Advice Featured on UA’s Teaching Hub

Dr. Hubbs consulted current and former M.A. students in the American Studies Department to learn what makes for great experiences as graduate teaching assistants.  She blogs about her findings here: https://teachinghub.as.ua.edu/faculty-blog/working-with-gtas-advice-from-the-experts/

Dr. Weisbard quoted in Variety on the passing of music journalist Nick Tosches

In his upcoming book “Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music,” writer Eric Weisbard talks about Tosches’ impact on rock writing, and the many cultural touchstones and detours he brought to his musical history lessons. “In the chapter ‘Orpheus, Gypsies, and Redneck Rock ‘n’ Roll,’” Weisbard writes, “Tosches invented what Greil Marcus — formally, an

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