FACULTY

Director: Associate Professor L. Cox (Visual Arts)

Advisory Committee: Professor C. Brown (Political Science); Associate Professors A. Foroughi (History), J. Matsue (Music), D. Hill-Butler (Sociology); Assistant Professors B. Tuon and K. Lynes (English), K. Aslakson (History), B. Hays (Political Science); Senior Lecturer A. Selley (English)

The Interdepartmental Program in American Studies draws its faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Arts, Dance, Economics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, and Theater.  Among the members of those departments who regularly offer courses applicable to the program (with their major teaching areas) are:

ECONOMICS
J. Douglass Klein
Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
American economic policies, current and historical

Bradley Lewis
Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Financial analysis, economic history

Stephen J. Schmidt
Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Stanford University
U.S. public policy issues; Industrial organization; economics of education; economic history

ENGLISH
Brian Hauser
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Film Studies, Film and American Literature

Katherine R. Lynes
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., Rutgers University
African-American literature; poetry and poetics; ecocritcism and ecopoetics

Jillmarie Murphy

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York
Nineteenth-Century and Early Twentieth-Century American Literature; Colonial American Literature

April Selley
Lecturer in English

Ph.D., Brown University
American literature of the Romantic period through the 21st Century; American literature and religion; American literature and popular culture; creative writing

Jordan Smith
Professor of English
M.F.A., University of Iowa
American poetry

Bunkong Tuon
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
20th-Century U.S. ethnic literature; Asian American studies; Southeast Asian American literature and history; folklore studies

Brenda Wineapple
Doris Zemurray Stone Professor in Modern Literary and Historical Studies
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
American literature

HISTORY
Kenneth Aslakson
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
African-American; American colonial history; Southern history; legal; race and the Constitution

Andrew Feffer
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
American intellectual and cultural history; recent United States history

Andrea Foroughi
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
American women's and gender history; American Indian History; American Civil War; cartography of North America

Melinda Lawson
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., Columbia University
U.S. history in the 19th century, slavery, abolitionism, reform movements, African American, public history

Andrew Morris
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Virginia
20th century U.S. political history, public policy, welfare state, the Depression and the New Deal, environmental history, the history of disasters

Robert V. Wells
Chauncey H. Winters Professor of History
Ph.D., Princeton University
American colonial history; demography and the family; folk songs

MODERN LANGUAGES
William Garcia
Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino-American literature and theater

Victoria J. Martinez
Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Latin American, and Latino-American literature

MUSIC
Jennifer Matsue
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., University of Chicago
American Popular Music

Timothy Olsen
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., Yale University
All aspects of American music--folk, popular, classical--with a special emphasis on jazz

POLITICAL SCIENCE
Clifford Brown, Jr.
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Harvard University
American government and politics

Bradley Hays
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Maryland
U.S. politics; law and courts; constitutional and political development; constitutional theory

Thomas Lobe
Lecturer/Washington DC Program Director
Ph.D., University of Michigan

International relations, CIA, politics and film

Zoe Oxley
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Ohio State University
U.S. elections and voting behavior, political psychology and public opinion, media and politics

SOCIOLOGY
Deidre Hill Butler
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Clark University
Sociology of African American Culture; American Family; Black Feminist/Womanist Practice
African American Culture and American Family

David Cotter
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Methods of social research; community; stratification

Melinda Goldner
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Medical sociology; race, class, and gender roles; public health; social movements

VISUAL ARTS
Lorraine Morales Cox
Associate Professor of Art History
Director of American Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Contemporary Art & Theory
American and Latin American Art

Among recent books published by this group are Prof Foroughi's, Go if you think it your duty: The Civil War Correspondence of a Minnesota Couple, Prof. Feffer's The Chicago Pragmatists and American Progressivism, Prof. Smith's The Household of Continuance, Prof. Wells's Uncle Sam's Family and Life Flows On in Endless Song: Folk Songs and American History, Prof Murphy's, Hawthorne in His Own Time, Prof. Wineapple's Genet, Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein and Hawthorne: A Life, and Prof. Morris's  The Limits of Voluntarism: Charity and Welfare from the New Deal Through the Great Society.