American Studies and Ethnicity
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2534
FAX: (213) 821-0409
Chair: John Carlos Rowe, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Studies: Viet Nguyen, Ph.D.*
Director, Undergraduate Studies: Leland Saito, Ph.D.*
Director, American Studies: John Carlos Rowe, Ph.D.
Director, African American Studies: Robin D.G. Kelley, Ph.D.
Director, Asian American Studies: Lon Kurashige, Ph.D.
Director, Chicano/Latino Studies: Maria-Elena Martinez, Ph.D.
Professors: Felix Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Journalism); Judith Halberstam, Ph.D. (English); Robin D.G. Kelley, Ph.D.; Dorinne Kondo, Ph.D. (Anthropology); Manuel Pastor, Jr., Ph.D.; Laura Pulido, Ph.D.; David Román, Ph.D.* (English); John Carlos Rowe, Ph.D. (English); George J. Sánchez, Ph.D.*
Associate Professors: Sarah Banet-Weiser, Ph.D.* (Comunication); Andrew Curtis, Ph.D.; Judith Jackson Fossett, Ph.D.* (English); Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Ph.D.; Macarena Gómez-Barris, Ph.D. (Sociology); Sarah Gualtieri, Ph.D.* (History); Thomas Gustafson, Ph.D.* (English); Stanley Huey, Jr., Ph.D. (Psychology); Lanita Jacobs, Ph.D.* (Anthropology); Kara Keeling, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Joshua David Kun, Ph.D. (Comunication); Lon Kurashige, Ph.D. (History); Maria-Elena Martinez, Ph.D. (History); Teresa McKenna, Ph.D. (English); Viet Nguyen, Ph.D.* (English); Leland Saito, Ph.D. (Sociology); Francille Rusan Wilson, Ph.D.; Janelle Wong, Ph.D.* (Political Science)
Assistant Professors: Edwin Hill, Ph.D. (French and Italian); Jane Iwamura, Ph.D.* (Religion); Shana Redmond, Ph.D.
American Studies and Ethnicity integrates humanistic and social scientific perspectives and brings them to bear on an examination of the United States with a particular emphasis on comparative study of the peoples, cultures, history and social issues of the Western United States. The department offers four separate majors in American Studies and Ethnicity, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Chicano/Latino Studies; and minors in American Studies and Ethnicity, American Popular Culture and Jewish American Studies. The graduate program offers a Ph.D. for students interested in broad interdisciplinary training at an advanced level to study the peoples, cultures and institutions of the United States in courses that integrate modes of inquiry from the humanities and the social sciences.
Drawing upon the cultural resources of a cosmopolitan city on the Pacific Rim and upon the strength and diversity of its professional schools as well as departments in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, these degree programs provide a richly interdisciplinary curriculum that is unique for its constitution of American Studies and Ethnic Studies as comparative and interethnic program that takes as its focus a region – Los Angeles, California and the West – marked by challenging social and cultural changes.