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American Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field of study of U.S. culture and history and one of the fastest-growing fields of study in the world. Founded in the 1930s to foster academic analysis of American 'identity,' culture, and national interests, American Studies has become today a flashpoint for examination of the role of the U.S. in a transnational world, the place of gender, race, sexuality and class in the process of nation-building, and the politics of academic study related to empire and globalization.

American Studies at Purdue perceives its current place in the national and international field as fostering dynamic interchange and debate for students and faculty committed to original scholarship and ideas. The program is among the most intellectually and demographically diverse in the College of Liberal Arts. Its faculty represent nine academic departments (English, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Educational Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, and Philosophy) and two academic programs (African American Studies and Women's Studies) all of which may be a major or minor field of concentration for the M.A. and Ph.D. The affiliated program faculty has grown from 17 to 30 since 2005. In 2010, the program added a new undergraduate major and minor.

American Studies at Purdue is student-centered and democratic. A Steering Committee of five faculty with an elected student representative and the President of the American Studies Graduate Student Organization helps the program allocate its major resources to supporting student research, intellectual engagement and travel. American Studies annually sponsors a lecture series and workshops on job placement, grant writing and publication strategies. Each spring, the Purdue American Studies Symposium, a student-organized academic conference, brings two internationally-known scholars in the field to Purdue and provides students a showcase for their own work. In recent years, Martin Manalansan, Eric Lott, George Lipsitz, Tiya Miles and Michael Denning have been featured Symposium speakers. 

For more information about American Studies at Purdue, browse the web pages provided or contact Director Rayvon Fouché at  For undergraduate inquiries contact undergraduate secretary Brandi Plantenga at or for graduate inquaries contact administrative assistant Delayne Graham at

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