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Scott Laderman, PhD 2005, earns Fulbright Scholarship

Scott Laderman, PhD 2005, has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Hong Kong for 10 months. Scott is an American studies Alumni and currently an Associate Professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts at UMD. Click here to learn more.

Incoming Graduate Cohort for Fall 2015

We are pleased to announce the incoming graduate cohort for 2015. We
look forward to having Michelle Chang, Vanessa Guzman, Rachelle
Henderson, Brendan McHugh, and Mathew Treon join our department in the

Michelle Chang: (aka Chip) BA in History and Political Science from UC
San Diego. Currently working on an MA in Asian American Studies from
UCLA (has not left the Southern California bubble). Interests include
the production of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality (etc.) in
popular culture. Current research examines hip hop and the
racialization of African and Asian Americans.

Vanessa Guzman: B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and
an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Interested in informal economies, labor movements, immigration, and
urban geography.

Rachelle R. Henderson: B.A. in Linguistics from Purdue University;
M.A. in English Language and Linguistics from Purdue University.
Research interests include a sociolinguistic, discourse analytic study
examining the role of geographic place, family, and history in the
construction of gender, sexual, and social identities of mixed race
individuals in the U.S.

Brendan McHugh: B.A. in women's studies at San Francisco State
University. Interested in the history of U.S. AIDS/HIV activism of
Black and White Men Together in the 1980s and 1990s and the
organization's transnational connections to LGBT activists in South
Africa and the former U.S.S.R.

Matthew Treon: M.A. in English from University of Rochester; M.F.A. in
Creative Writing from University of Colorado; B.A. in Sociology from
University of North Texas. Research areas include American popular
music, hip hop, rock, sound studies, film, stand-up comedy, prison
studies, representations of race and class in popular culture and

Mario Obando, PhD student article in Performance Matters

MARIO OBANDO, American Studies PhD Student will have an article "Performing Collisional Ethnic Studies: an (im)possible and (un)expected archive" appearing in the June inaugural issue of Performance Matters entitled "Archiving Performance."

PeggySue Imihy, AmSt undergraduate, has received a summer UROP

PeggySue Imihy, AmSt undergraduate, received a summer UROP for her project: "The Black Predator: Misrepresentations of African Americans in Post WWII America." This research project looks at the development and consolidation of the "black predator" trope in American culture, specifically in the post WWII era. Long-standing cultural discourses in American society frame African-Americans as inherently risky and dangerous, and in fact predatory on broader American society, particularly against white Americans. This research project explores this trope since 1945, through the Cold War, Vietnam era, and to the present. It draws on cultural and media studies and will look at primary and secondary sources related to the representation of African Americans as "predatory." Examples include the "black welfare queen" (predatory on taxpayers, who are coded as 'white society') trope which emerged in the Reagan era, and the "superpredator" black male (coined by criminologists, and purportedly described a new class of lawless, immoral, hyper-violent and predatory young black male criminals) which emerged in the Clinton era. Though both representations have been soundly dismissed as wildly inaccurate racial depictions, they remain resonant and connect a long pattern of representing blacks as predatory upon society, particularly white Americans.

AMERICAN STUDIES Ph.D. student Soham Patel was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Asian Studies for the summer 2015. On this program, Patel will enroll in an intensive language program to study Hindi-Urdu.

Tiya Miles (PhD 2000) Recieves Dorothy Schwieder Prize

Dr. Tiya Miles (PhD 2000) has received the Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the best article authored on Midwestern history titled "'Shall Woman's Voice Be Hushed?': Laura Smith Haviland in Abolitionist Women's History".

Myrl Beam accepts Tenure-Track Position at Virginia Commonwealth University

Myrl Beam has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Former AMST Grad Chia Youyee Vang Chosen for Wisconsin Women Making History website

Former PH.D. student Chia Youyee Vang, associate professor of history at UW-Milwaukee, is among the first 50 women chosen for the new Wisconsin Women Making History website (

Forner AMST Grad Karla Erickson Named Associate Dean at Grinnell College

Former AMST Phd Student. Karla Erickson, will become an Associate Dean at Grinnell College starting July 2015.

Eli Vitulli (PhD 2014) New Lecturer Position

Eli Vitulli (PhD 2014) has accepted a position as Visiting Lecturer in Gender Studies at Mt. Holyoke College.


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