The following centers, institutes, and organizations are part of the larger community of scholars, historians, and other experts who work in topics related to American studies and are affiliated with the department.

Center for History

The Center for History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, the Center for History is the second oldest historical society in Indiana.

Center for Social Concerns

The Center for Social concerns is a service and community-based learning center at the University of Notre Dame.

Cushwa Center

Brings together scholars from history, theology, women’s studies, sociology, religious studies, American studies, and English to interpret the American Catholic experience.

Imagining America

Supports colleges and universities to animate and strengthen the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design through mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships that advance democratic scholarship and practice.

Institute for Latino Studies

Since its creation in 1999, the Institute for Latino Studies has played a vital role in fostering understanding of the U.S. Latino experience. Building upon the outstanding intellectual legacy of Julian Samora, a pioneering Latino scholar and professor of sociology, the Institute supports interdisciplinary initiatives in Latino studies as a key component of the University’s academic mission.

Native American Initiatives

Native American Initiatives (NAI) at Notre Dame is designed to foster intellectual knowledge of and cultural appreciation for the Native American and Indigenous experience. NAI will collaborate with divisions and departments across campus to offer Native American programming that will enrich the campus. In 2010, these events will include artistic performances, film screenings and discussions, and a reading group open to anyone interested in joining.


Affiliated Departments

Below is a list of academic departments in the College of Arts and Letters that share faculty and cross-list courses with the Department of American Studies.