Our New AMS Instructor

January 28, 2019

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,…Read More

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AMS Faculty Wins Book Award

October 29, 2018

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…Read More

AMS Spring 2019 Courses

October 15, 2018


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Dr. Jeffrey Melton explains the popularity of the TV comedy series, Beverly Hillbillies.

October 1, 2018


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Our New Department Chair, Dr. Edward Tang

August 8, 2018

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…Read More

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AMS Alum in Documentary on Lynching

July 31, 2018

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…Read More

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Dr. Weisbard appears in Rolling Stone magazine

June 1, 2018

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  

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AMS Alum Savannah Harper Publishes in The Explicator

April 27, 2018

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…Read More

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Elizabeth Meese Memorial Award in Feminist Theory

March 5, 2018

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…Read More

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New Article Published by AMS professor Michael Innis-Jiménez

February 27, 2018

Congratulations to AMS Associate Professor Michael Innis-Jiménez on the publication of his article, “Mexican Chicago’s Colonia Hull House: Food, Tourism, and Belonging in the 1930s” in the latest edition of Global Food History!

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