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Prof. Cummings' Report on U.S. Catholic Sisters Published

December 09, 2015 Sarah Morris

Professor Kathleen Cummings' report on "Understanding American Catholic Sisters" was published today. Check it out here: Read More >

Tom Tweed featured in Washington Post

December 04, 2015 Sarah Morris

Professor Thomas Tweed talks to the Washington Post on the "widely disparate meaning" of "thoughts and prayers." Check it out here:  Read More >

Kathleen Cummings wins 2015 "Media Legend" Award

December 02, 2015 Sarah Morris

Presented annually since 2004, the Media Legend Award recognizes a faculty member who consistently brings attention to the University’s academic excellence through participation in media relations, the Web and other communications channels. For more info: Read More >

Pope Francis in America: Impact, Insights, and Inspirations

November 11, 2015 Sarah Morris

Pope Francis in America: Impact, Insights, and Inspirations

Kathleen Cummings is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of History, and has served as the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame since 2012.…
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Alumnus Wins Prize for Documentary on Cancer-Surviving Sled Dog Racer

October 12, 2015 Tom Lange

Greg Kohs

Greg Kohs ’88 will wait as long as it takes to earn the trust of his film’s subjects. Kohs, who majored in American studies in the College of Arts and Letters, makes his living directing television commercials and independent documentaries. His newest film, The Great Alone, about four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey, won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer. Read More >

Newberry Library is Now Accepting Fellowship Applications

September 02, 2015 Sarah Morris

To all interested majors: The Newberry Library is now accepting fellowhsip applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. They promise intriguing and often rare materials from their world-class collections; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations with curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.  Read More >

AMST Alum Produces Hurricane Katrina Video Series

August 28, 2015 Sarah Morris

Mariel Synan (AMST '10) has produced a new video series entitled "I Was There: Hurricane Katrina," to commemorate the tenth anniversary with a powerful reminder of how life can change in an instant, and to document the inspiring and hopeful stories of resilience and faith and heroism and love that emerge out of such harrowing events. The complete list of episodes is found below, along with links for viewing. H2 and The History Channel will also be airing some 2-minute cutdowns next weekend on Hurricane Katrina's anniversary. Read More >

American Studies Alum Contributes to Recently Published Mapping Exhibit

August 28, 2015 Sarah Morris

Aubrey Butts (AMST '14) recently had her work selected for Northeastern University's Public History of Slavery project. Aubrey is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public History at Northeastern University, home of one of the oldest Public History programs in North America. As part of her course entitled "Public History of Slavery," Aubrey was assigned to research and present one of the many stories of slavery in New England in a way that would engage and educate a wide audience. The best work was selected to be published and featured on the Boston Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project website, including Aubrey's interactive map using Omeka's Neatline that leads viewers through the life of Phillis Wheatley up until the publiation of her first volume of poems. Aubrey's project can be viewed at Read More >

Associate Professor Sophie White Wins NEH Fellowship

April 30, 2015 Carrie Gates

Sophie White

Sophie White, associate professor in the Department of American Studies, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—her second NEH award in five years—for her book project, Voices of the African Diaspora Within and Beyond the Atlantic World. As one of two winners from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for 2015, White continues the University’s record success in earning NEH fellowships. Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country. Read More >

Tyler Barron Awarded Udall Internship

April 20, 2015 Margaret Handelman


Senior American Studies major Tyler Barron is one of 12 students nationwide to win a 2015 Native American Congressional Internship from the Udall Foundation.

Barron will complete an intensive, 10-week internship in the summer of 2015. A member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, Barron will be interning in the office of Representative Raul Grijalva in Washington D.C. Read More >

Thomas Tweed Leading American Academy of Religion

February 24, 2015 Margaret Handelman

Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies and professor of history in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, was elected to lead the American Academy of Religion. He is currently serving as president in 2015. Tweed is a faculty fellow in the University’s Institute for Latino Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Read More >

Department Endorses U.S. Diversity Requirement

February 13, 2015 Notre Dame Department of American Studies

As Notre Dame considers and discusses the Core Curriculum of the University, the Department of American Studies has voted to submit the statement below to the Committee charged with designing the requirements of the Core Curriculum.
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American Studies Alumnus Lands Broadcasting Job at Rockefeller Plaza

January 27, 2015 Galib Braschler

Broadcast journalist Sheldon Dutes reflects on his time at Notre Dame and the important lessons he learned here that have contributed to his tremendous success since graduation.  Read More >

Congratulations Sophie White

January 22, 2015 Galib Braschler

Associate Professor of American Studies was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project.  Read More >

January Student Spotlight

January 22, 2015 Galib Braschler

Current American Studies students, each with a different perspective, are highlighted for the month of January. Read More >

American Studies alumna joins Denver political consulting firm

January 13, 2015 Galib Braschler

American Studies graduate Denise Baron has been featured in The Denver Post

Baron, the former campaign manager and communications director for democratic candidate Andrew Romanoff, begins work this month with Onsight Public Affairs, a "Democratic-leaning strategy, fundraising and communication" firm in Denver, Colorado. Originally from Chicago, Baron has previously worked on campaigns in Indiana.  


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