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American Studies 050
Master of Arts in American Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies
Graduate Courses
Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112
Biology 120
Business and Science 137
Chemistry 160
Creative Writing 200
Criminal Justice 202
Economics 220
English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)
Environmental Science 375
Environmental Geology 380
Global Affairs 478
History 510
Jazz History and Research 561
Liberal Studies 606
Management 620
Mathematical Sciences 645
Nursing 705
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Physics, Applied 755
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses American Studies 050  

American Studies 050

Degree Programs Offered: Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

Director of Graduate Programs: Jason Cortés, 243 Conklin Hall, 175 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-353-1886.


Participating Faculty:

Frances Bartkowski, FAS-N; Ph.D., Iowa
Comparative literature; 20th-century French and American narrative; feminist theory

Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield, FAS-N; Ph.D., Michigan
Race and ethnicity; immigration; urban education; identity development and culture; urban sociology

Susan Lisa Carruthers, FAS-N; Ph.D., Leeds (UK)
U.S. foreign relations; media history; comparative colonial history

Kornel Chang, FAS-N; Ph.D., Chicago
Modern U.S. history; migration and border controls; U.S. empire and the Pacific world

Cortés, FAS-N; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Caribbean literature; U.S. Latina/o literature; contemporary Spanish-American literature; comparative literature; cultural studies; gender studies; critical theory

Kimberly DaCosta Holton, FAS-N; Ph.D., Northwestern
Performance studies; migration studies; urban festivity; ethnography and oral history

Belinda Edmondson, FAS-N; Ph.D., Northwestern
Caribbean and other African diaspora literatures; postcolonial theory; feminist theory; popular culture

Ruth Feldstein, FAS-N; Ph.D., Brown
U.S. history, with focus on 20th-century culture and politics; women's and gender history; African-American history

Barbara Foley, FAS-N; Ph.D., Chicago
African-American literature; U.S. literary radicalism; Marxist literary theory

H. Bruce Franklin, FAS-N; Ph.D., Stanford
Vietnam and America; crime and punishment in America; science fiction, technology, and society; the American environment

David Hoddeson, FAS-N; Ph.D.,
New York

Elizabeth Hull, FAS-N; Ph.D., New School for Social Research
Constitutional politics; American government

Jyl Josephson, FAS-N; Ph.D., Maryland
Political theory; women and politics

Jamie Lew, FAS-N; Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia
Race and ethnic relations; urban education and policy; immigration and international migration; comparative and international education

Neil M. Maher, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Twentieth-century U.S. history; environmental history; political history; urban history; landscape studies

Lyra D. Monteiro, FAS-N; Ph.D.,  Rhode Island
Public humanities; early U.S. history; race and ethnic identity

Lewis Porter, FAS-N; Ph.D., Brandeis
All aspects of jazz culture, history, and performance; professional jazz pianist

Tim Raphael, FAS-N; Ph.D., Northwestern
Contemporary theater, performance, and cultural studies; politics as performance; community-based theater

Charles Russell,
FAS-N emeritus; Ph.D., Cornell
Contemporary literature and art; vernacular visual culture

Alan R. Sadovnik, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Sociology of education; urban educational reform and improvement; history of progressive education

Beryl Satter, FAS-N; Ph.D., Yale
Post-Civil War U.S. history; women's history; cultural and intellectual history; urban history

Mary Segers, FAS-N; Ph.D., Columbia
Political philosophy and theory; religion and politics; ethical issues and public policy

Mara Sidney, FAS-N; Ph.D., Colorado
Urban politics; public policy; race/ethnicity and politics

Robert W. Snyder, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Urban history; journalism; public history; oral history

Paul Sternberger, FAS-N; Ph.D., Columbia
American art; history of photography; history of design

Timothy Stewart-Winter, FAS-N; Ph.D., Chicago
Modern U.S. history; sexuality/gender; urban history

Whitney Strub, FAS-N; Ph.D., California
Sexuality and gender; film; U.S. social, cultural, and political history

Ian Watson, FAS-N; Ph.D., New York
Performance studies; intercultural performance; directing (theory and practice); 20th-century theater; performance training; performance in media and politics

Carolyne J. White, FAS-N; Ph.D., Illinois
Social foundations of education; anti-colonial education; feminist, critical, and interpretive theory

The graduate program in American studies at Rutgers University-Newark is a multidisciplinary program, offering both the master's (M.A.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees and drawing upon the scholarly expertise of faculty members from the humanities, social sciences, and arts departments. The program focuses on six interdisciplinary fields that are central to understanding American culture and are especially vital sources of contemporary scholarship:

race, ethnicity, and modern society
urban cultures
cultural history and artistic production 
the United States within a global context
the operations of social institutions
women's and gender studies

In addition, the graduate program is distinguished by its commitment to advancing students' active engagement in the fields of public scholarship. All of our students, whether they are preparing for careers in the academic or the public sector, are asked to consider the diverse audiences their scholarship can serve and the many forms in which the fruits of their research can be disseminated.

All students are required to earn 3 credits in public humanities in a research or reading seminar, internship, or independent study. Students are encouraged to incorporate some work in public scholarship into their academic program, either by engaging in an "applied" or public project, by working with a public institution, or by participating in the several public programs developed annually by the institutes, centers, and academic departments at Rutgers-Newark.

We welcome applications from current students who wish to pursue a career within the academy or the public sector, as well as from engaged professionals in the field who seek to strengthen their scholarly and career opportunities.

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