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Workshop in American Studies

The Workshop in American Studies brings together students and faculty from the wide range of departments that contribute to the Program in American Studies. By encouraging a diversity of topics from researchers from a variety of departments, we hope the Workshop highlights the advantages of the "in-between" disciplinary space that American Studies inhabits at Princeton. Our goal is to provide a forum where presenters can receive feedback from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and participants can be exposed to new methodologies and new topics for research. Moreover, we hope to foster a community of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who share in the common project of researching the American experience.

The format of the workshop is that the speaker introduces the paper for ten minutes and then we open up the floor to questions.  Copies of the papers are made available outside the American Studies office, 42 McCosh Hall.

As lunch is provided at noon workshops, we require reservations.  Please contact the AMS Program office, 42 McCosh Hall, 258-4710, or email


Monday, February 8, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Leti Volpp, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Refugees Welcome
Cosponsored by the Department of English and the Program in Law and Public Affairs

Monday, March 21, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, Northwestern University
Nina Simone and the Work of Minoritarian Performance
Cosponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Monday, March 28, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Mary Lui, Professor of American Studies & History, Yale University
The Olympics’ Prettiest Champion: Vicki Manalo Draves and the Transnational Circulation of Racial Hybridity and Femininity in the Early Cold War Years
Cosponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Comparative Literature

Monday, April 11, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Samuel Otter, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Interiors Measurelessly Strange: Melville and Piranesi
Cosponsored by the Department of English

Monday, April 25, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Naomi Cahn, Professor of Law, George Washington University
The Multiple Meanings of Marriage Equality
Cosponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Program in Law and Public Affairs