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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, September 21, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Jennifer Lee, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
The Asian American Achievement Paradox
Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology

Monday, October 5, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Robin Bernstein, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
Black Childhood on Trial: The Tragedy of William Freeman
Cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies

Monday, October 12, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Judith Hamera, Professor of Dance, Lewis Center for the Arts
Figuring Financialization: The Consuming Passions and Wasted Efforts of Michael Jackson
Cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Lewis Center for the Arts

Monday, November 9, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Amy Trubek, Associate Professor of Nutrition & Food Sciences, University of Vermont
Cooking is a Chore, Cooking is a Craft, Cooking is What Other People Do: Investigating Contemporary American Practices and Perceptions
Cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology

Monday, November 16, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Eiichiro Azuma, Associate Professor of Asian American History, Univ of Pennsylvania
California and Manchuria in the “Global West”: Trans-Pacific Networks of Japanese Immigrant Settler Colonialism
Cosponsored by the History Department and the East Asian Studies Department 

Monday, December 7, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Robyn Muncy, Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
The “Working Class” in U.S. Political Culture, 1932-1984
Cosponsored by the History Department