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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


Fall 2014

Monday, September 29, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Alec Dun, Assistant Professor of History  
(Mis)reading the Revolution: "St. Domingo" and the Limits of Equality in Philadelphia,
Cosponsored by the Department of History
Monday, October 6, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Anne Cheng, Professor of English and African American Studies  
Ornament and Law
Cosponsored by the Department of English

Monday, October 20, MOVED TO FRIST MPR B, 12:00-1:20
Sean Wilentz, Professor of History  
Antislavery and the Federal Constitution
Monday, November 10, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Jenny Price, Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities of Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Environmental Institute
History and Theory in Action! -- the Our Malibu Beaches & Play the LA River projects
Sunday, November 16, 101 McCormick Hall, 4:30 pm
Dyanna Taylor, Documentary Filmmaker
Showing and Discussion of Film, “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightening”
Thursday, November 20, MOVED TO 210 DICKINSON HALL, 12:00-1:20
Barbara Young Welke, Professor of History and Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
The Course of a Life: Preliminary Thoughts on a History of the Curriculum Vitae
Cosponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Modern America Workshop
Monday, December 8, 029 Robertson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Angus Burgin, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
The Post-Industrial Revolution
Cosponsored by the Modern America Workshop