Americana is the undergraduate research journal from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies (AMST) and the The John W. Gallivan Program for Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy (JED).


In all aspects of its creation, Americana seeks to achieve these goals:    

  • Acknowledge the high-quality and diverse undergraduate research of AMST and JED undergraduates 

  • Encourage students to conduct research that explores both popular and academic curiosities relating to American Studies

  • Foster an interdisciplinary conversation between students, past and present

  • Provide opportunities for undergraduate publication

Americana is edited by junior Julianne Downing and sophomore Mannion McGinley, and advised by Prof. Peter Cajka, Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of American Studies, and Prof. Richard G. Jones, Director of the Gallivan Program.