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“American Studies offers the promise of a sustained education in what it is to live in this twenty-first century American world ⎯⎯ in a polyglot, heterogeneous, racially divided, corporate dominated, politically emaciated but culturally rich and constitutionally complex, pluralistic but highly unequal world. Knowledge about this world, this country, and about how it came to be historically and about how diverse and varied peoples make their lives in this world and call it America…depends on open conversations that are alternately serious, playful, fun, and painful.”

⎯⎯ Hendrik A. Hartog

News & Events

Welcome to the Visiting Scholars and Artists from Puerto Rico (VISAPUR), hosted by the Program in Latin American Studies with the aim of supporting their continued work in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Sir Gordon Wu, Princeton Class of 1958, has been presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P). In his acceptance speech, he spoke of the first generation of distinguished Princeton Asian/Asian American alums and their engagements with ideas of American democracy on the world stage.

Congratulations to Nicholas Ming-Li Wu for receiving the Frederick Douglass Service Award, established in 1969 at the recommendation of Carl Fields, who was assistant dean of the college. The award is given to a senior who has exhibited “courage, leadership, intellectual achievement and a willingness to contribute unselfishly toward a deeper understanding of the experiences of racial minorities and who, in so doing, reflects the tradition of service embodied in education at Princeton.” Wu is a Woodrow Wilson School major pursuing certificates in American studies and East Asian studies.

The Harold Willis Dodds Achievement Prize was presented to Nicholas Fernández. This award recognizes the senior who best embodies the qualities of Princeton’s 15th president, Harold Dodds, “particularly in the qualities of clear thinking, moral courage, a patient and judicious regard for the opinions of others, and a thoroughgoing devotion to the welfare of the University and to the life of the mind.” Fernández is a politics major earning a certificate in American studies. Fernández served as chair of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Projects Board, and as a student member of the University’s Campus Iconography Committee. He founded the Princeton Orientation Leader Corps and was a member of the LatinX Collective student group.

Students and faculty of the Program in American Studies gathered with friends and family on Class Day, June 4, to celebrate graduating seniors and honor their achievements.

Eduardo Bhatia, Princeton Class of 1986, minority leader and former president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, delivered the University’s 2018 Baccalaureate address on Sunday, June 3, urging the Class of 2018 to remember the diversity of America and to recommit themselves to the ideals and standards of American democracy.

Congratulations to Dirk Hartog, one of four recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.  He will be honored during the Graduate School’s Hooding ceremony Monday, June 4, on Cannon Green.

Congratulations to Brian Herrera for his promotion to Associate Professor.

col lab picCol (LAB) prototype 1.0 took place from May 2-4. Learn more about the project, see pictures, and read writer Annie Sheng's account of the experience.

We are pleased to announce: The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize.

The Program in American Studies is delighted and honored to announce that, starting Fall 2018, it will be administering three certificate programs: the existing Certificate in American Studies, a brand new Certificate in Asian American/Diasporic Studies, and a revised Certificate in Latino/a/x Studies. 

  • Newsletter from Professor Anne Cheng about new programs

Congratulations to Professor Dara Strolovitch for being awarded The Midwest Women’s Caucus awards 2018 Outstanding Career Award.

We gratefully announce the establishment of the Lin Family Endowment for Asian American Studies.

Announcing the "South Asian American Digital Archive"

Congratulations! Judith Weisenfeld has been awarded a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Program in American Studies joins the celebration for the launching of the new course designation ASA for Asian American Studies, marking the beginning of Princeton's growing curriculum in Asian American Studies. Our thanks to Acting Director Judith Weisenfeld for her collaboration with the Registrar and the Office of the Dean of the College to make this happen!

course offerings fall 2017



President Eisgruber and Dean Dolan have responded to the report of the Task Force on American Studies.