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Program in American Studies

Announcing the Eric Pai Asian American Studies Student Research Fund

It has never been more important or more challenging for us to understand America’s place in the world and to grapple with the horizons and limits of its democratic aspirations.  The Princeton Program in American Studies, founded in 1942, offers a curriculum and a research home for addressing this demand in the 21st century.  We sponsor teaching, research, and public discussion about the history, literature, art, politics, society and culture of the United States.  By bringing together students and faculty from the arts, the humanities, and social sciences to explore questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, the Program reflects a generative field of intellectual curiosity and creativity, a nexus of energy and engagement.  American Studies scholars share a dynamic commitment to democratic inquiry rather than a universally agreed upon canon of required methods or venerated works. The field encompasses an eclectic array of practices and pedagogies that cohere around openness to studying diverse research objects, asking a broad range of research questions, and engaging with a wide range of scholarly approaches, methods and theories.  We strive to gain a deeper and broader perspective on issues which profoundly affect contemporary life and scholarship, including questions of migration, colonization, race, borders, and diaspora; art, culture, and language; law and public policy; and gender and sexuality.  We aim to understand America in the world as well as how the world lives in America.

McCosh Hall
McCosh Hall is home to the Program in American Studies

Anne Cheng, Director

Judith FersztProgram Manager

Candice Kessel, Program Assistant

Michael Rivera, Computer Support Specialist

42 McCosh Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: 609-258-4710

Fax: 609-258-2765



 Upcoming Events


September 16, 2015

University Constitution Day Lecture:

Slavery and the U.S. Constitution
Commentary by Sarah Rivett

4:30 P.M. in Dodds Auditorium

Free and open to the public

For more info, click here.