Category: News


Congratulations to Riecher Denmark

Congratulations to Riecher Denmark, an MA student in American Studies, who published an essay, What Barn? The Dialectical Revolt of Sarah Penn in Freeman’s “Revolt of ‘Mother’,” which appears in the Explicator. Reicher first produced this work in Dr. Hubbs’s class, AMS 565: Fictions of American Identity.   https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00144940.2020.1820932 What Barn? The Dialectical Revolt of Sarah Penn in Freeman’s “Revolt of ‘Mother’”: The Explicator: Vol 78, No 3-4 In “Redefining Place: Femes Covert in the Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman,” […]

Read More from Congratulations to Riecher Denmark

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

Read More from AMS Alum and Team Finalists for Pulitzer Prize

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 department since 2010. As a nationally-recognized Mark Twain scholar, he also has interests in amusement and tourism studies. Dr. Melton was a past Director of […]

Read More from Two Promoted AMS Faculty

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 their classes online so that our currently enrolled students may continue and complete their coursework for the semester. Our faculty and staff are working hard […]

Read More from Dr. Tang’s Letter to American Studies community

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 intellectual peer — would call secret history, tracing the folk song ‘Black Jack David’ back to Orpheus, with stops for early modern diarist Samuel Pepys and […]

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