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Our New Department Chair, Dr. Edward Tang

Dr. Tang begins his term as Department Chair this Fall.  He has taught at the Capstone for 20 years, from graduate students in the Research Colloquium to the general undergraduate population in AMS 151: World, Nation, Regions.  Dr. Tang specializes in the long nineteenth century and the Cold War.  He looks forward to helping the

AMS Alum in Documentary on Lynching

Lily Hoyle, a 12-year-old from Mobile, AL, created a short documentary about the 1981 lynching of 19-year-old Michael Donald, “The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama.” An AMS alumnus, Derek Barry, now an American Studies teacher at the Alabama School of Math and Science, appears as a guest commentator in the film. https://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/alabama_12-year-olds_lynching.html

Dr. Odle on Teaching Writing

Dr. Mairin Odle, our specialist in Native American Studies, talks about how she teaches writing by writing alongside her students and sharing her work with them. Guest Post: Writing Alongside Your Students

Dr. Weisbard appears in Rolling Stone magazine

In Rolling Stone magazine, Dr. Eric Weisbard sheds important light on Top 40 radio and its relationship to rap music. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/radio-business-white-rappers-w519513  

AMS Alum Savannah Harper Publishes in The Explicator

The American Studies Department is pleased to congratulate Savannah Harper, whose essay “Greenery as a Symbol of Immigrant Hardship and Vulnerability in Gish Jen’s Typical American” appears in the latest issue of The Explicator, a scholarly journal focused on text-based criticism. Savannah, who earned her AMS degree from UA in 2016, wrote the paper for

Elizabeth Meese Memorial Award in Feminist Theory

Congratulations to Athena F. Richardson, a second-year Masters student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, for winning the Elizabeth Meese Memorial Award in Feminist Theory. The honor came from the 2018 Annual Paper Competition sponsored by the Department of Gender and Race Studies. Athena’s paper is titled “There Is a Balm: Performance, Voyeurism, and Public History through