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American Studies is an Interdisciplinary Program at Stanford blending courses in history, literature, social sciences and the arts, in which students learn to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.

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Recent News & Upcoming Events

Over the last several years, we have witnessed a remarkable escalation in migrant deaths within the U.S.-Mexico borderzone. Rising numbers of border deaths are no mere coincidence or accident of geography, but rather a predictable result of U.S. immigration law-making, as well as a systemic feature of the routine functioning of the increasing physical fortification of the border and the increasing militarization of border enforcement tactics and technologies. In light of the evident...

Please join us for a book talk by Ana Raquel Minian, Assistant Professor of History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, on her new book, "Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Immigration."

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to so we are able to provide enough food for all attendees.

Part of American Studies 2017-18 "Borderlands Now" Event Series

Please join us on May 10th for our spring quarter Faculty Research Fellows Chautauqua. This event will feature 2017-2018 fellow Ana Raquel Minian (History) speaking about her recent book Undocumented Lives: The Untold History of Mexican Migration.

Please RSVP by April 30th.

We look forward to seeing you...

Join African & African American studies for our 15th Annual St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture: "Dissent: Speaking Up, Speaking Back, Speaking Black." This year's event features a panel conversation among highly celebrated journalists and activists who will explore matters of racial and gender justice, electoral organizing, and the politics of media activism.  Panelists include: Jemele Hill, former anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter, host of His & Hers, and...

It is with pleasure that we announce the publication of the 2018 Stanford American Studies Newsletter!

Read all about our multi-talented majors, our fabulous faculty, and our amazing alumni!
Many thanks to Newsletter Editor Jordan Huelskamp ’17, and to  Newsletter Faculty Advisor Judith Richardson for shepherding the longest and most comprehensive American Studies Newsletter yet to the finish line. 
And thank you to all...

Come hear  New York Times best-selling author and Stanford American Studies Alum Julie Lythcott-Haims read from and discuss her critically acclaimed new book, Real American: A Memoir 

Real American is a courageous, achingly honest meditation on what it means to come to consciousness as a mixed race child and adult in a nation where Black lives weren't meant to matter,” writes ...