Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud, the AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, who is finishing up her two-year term at Washington University, will be starting a tenure-track assistant professorship in fall 2018: Jasmine will be Assistant Professor in Arts Leadership in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She will be teaching courses on cultural policy, arts urbanism, and anti-racist arts equity, as well as guiding capstone research projects in arts leadership.

Peter Benson is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for AMCS since 2016. After graduating from Harvard University in 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. Peter is a cultural anthropologist who writes on the cultural, racial, and health politics of commercialized and industrialized harm in the United States. His book, entitled Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry (Princeton University Press, 2012), combines historical and ethnographic lenses to examine citizenship, racialized farm labor, agricultural industrialization, and economic decline in North Carolina, set against the backdrop of national debates about tobacco-related public health regulation and Latinx immigration.

Máire Murphy joined the American Culture Studies Program in 2014 as AMCS Academic Coordinator. As Academic Coordinator, Máire has worked closely with AMCS colleagues to develop the undergraduate curriculum, strengthen the Major requirements, improve assessment and advising practices, and mentor undergraduate students. Her teaching for the program includes leading the AMCS Capstone Workshop and developing the new seminar, Art, Government, and the Dilemmas of Cultural Policy in Twentieth Century America.

Heidi Kolk's book, Taking Possession: Life, Death, and the Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House, will be published in 2019 by the University of Massachusetts Press in its "Public History in Historical Perspective" series; the book makes signal contributions to the fields of American material culture, urban, history, collective memory studies and the history of preservation. In her new Sam Fox School role, Heidi will continue to exercise the intellectual leadership that has been the hallmark of her work in the American Culture Studies Program, ranging from co-convening the "The Material World of Modern Segregation: St. Louis in the Long Era of Ferguson" Symposium and the linked AMCS undergraduate course of the same name in spring 2017, and co-editing the Material World of Modern Segregation book project-in-progress; co-convening the AMCS-Center for the Humanities one-day conference, "ARCHIVE: Interdisciplinary methods of understanding the archive: violence, suppression and restoration," April 2017; to co-convening [...]

Megan Steigerwald Ille will be receiving her Ph.D. in Musicology from Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester this May. Megan Steigerwald Ille's dissertation, "Bringing Down the House: Situating and Mediating Opera in the Twenty-First Century," draws together the insights of performance and media studies, critiques of labor and production, and ethnographic methodologies to consider the work of six opera companies that use digital modes of viewership to re-brand and reshape opera as a competitive art form in our technologically driven economy.

Noah Cohan is a Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD in English and American Literature in 2015. His research is focused on the cultures of American sports: their impact on athletes, fans, and non-consumers, especially with regard to matters of race and gender. He teaches the American Culture Studies junior-level methods seminar (375A) and leads the workshop for seniors working on independent "Capstone" research projects. A part of the AMCS community since 2008, Cohan has had the privilege of mentoring numerous undergraduates as they completed their Capstone projects, and considers the program's annual research colloquium one of the most invigorating social and intellectual events on campus.

The AMCS Lynne Cooper Harvey Undergraduate Writing Prize recognizes outstanding writing on a topic in American culture and is awarded every Spring. The Writing Prize Selection Committee decided to share the 2018 award between two papers, Ashley Holder's "The Loop's Race Problem" (written for L98 3190: Engaging the City: The Material World of Modern Segregation, taught by Iver Bernstein and Heidi Kolk) and Victoria Rabuse's "Hamilton as a Misrepresentation of the True Hamilton" (written for L98 3360: Hammerstein to Hamilton: The Broadway Musical and American Cultural Politics, taught by Ashley Pribyl). The papers were nominated by the course instructors.

The Program in American Culture Studies (AMCS) at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Cultures, renewable annually for up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance; expected start date is July 1, 2018. AMCS is an endowed program in Arts & Sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange and transformative scholarship at the intersections of the humanities and social sciences. It offers an undergraduate major, a Ph.D. certificate program, a Master's program, and a wide array of collaborative research and teaching activities, seeking to build community among students of American culture from many fields.

The American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to announce the launch of a new Program Initiative in Sports & Society: Culture, Power, and Identity. As its name indicates, the Sports and Society Initiative will generate scholarship and pedagogical tools, venues, and activities focused on the intersections of athletics, identity, and social power.

The aim of AMCS Program Initiatives is to locate productive intersections in the research agendas of a critical mass of Americanist faculty and to facilitate collaborative work that has the potential to result in knowledge production in the form, for example, of published books and articles, lasting archives, and new team-taught courses. To that end, the Sports & Society Initiative will begin by launching a reading group.

Dear Americanist Colleagues and Friends,

Students of American culture find themselves in the throes of a high-stakes teaching and learning moment. We're living through a time of deep conflict, rupture and change in which layers of cultural assumption and practice are painfully exposed and new opportunities for understanding the world revealed.

Dear Americanist Colleagues,

I'm writing to let you know of opportunities in American Culture Studies and to update you on AMCS's various initiatives and activities. You may be involved in some of these activities, or as important, you may find that hearing about them gets you thinking about new projects you'd like to propose. We are open to your ideas! Our job is to facilitate and enhance your work, particularly as it relates to multi-disciplinary research and teaching in the field of American culture, broadly defined, and as it can contribute to our abiding goal of creating robust intellectual community through collaboration.

Welcome back! We have been enjoying a period of expansion and deepening community in AMCS, and we are eager to share some of the developments as we head into the fall semester.

First, let me extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the AMCS community, including our new Director of Graduate Studies, Peter Benson of Anthropology; our new Post-Doctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, Jasmine Mahmoud; our new Harvey Graduate Fellow, Daniel Fister (Music); our new Ph.D. Certificate Student, Steven Tran-Creque (Anthropology); and our new Harvey Undergraduate Scholars, Itzel Lopez-Hinojosa, Taylor Ohman, and Natalie Kirchhoff, who will join returning scholars Charlotte Jones and Billie Mandlebaum.

Clarissa Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science, steps down from her role as AMCS Director of Graduate Studies this spring, completing her three year term. In addition to her superb mentorship of an expanding group of Harvey Fellows/Graduate Certificate Students, Clarissa has provided crucial leadership in a variety of AMCS initiatives, courses, and activities...

Jasmine Mahmoud will be receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University in June. Her research and teaching interests center on aesthetics, race, and urbanism. Her dissertation "Avant-Garde Frontiers in the Austere City: Political Economies of Artistic Placemaking in the Post-Millennial United States" examines the trend of fringe, experimental theater...

AMCS is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 writing is rising senior and AMCS Harvey Scholar, Billie Mandelbaum, for her paper, To Contain and Secede: The Making of Missouri's First All-Black City.

American Culture Studies celebrates the accomplishments of its current postdocs, Douglas Flowe, AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, and Claire McKinney, AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Family and Intimate Relations!

The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University (AMCS) invites applications for our Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inequality and Identity position, renewable annually for up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance; expected start date is July 1, 2016.

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the long-anticipated launch of amcs.wustl, our new site for cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. Developed to support the many needs of the growing AMCS community, it is intended to house richly varied program content, including profiles of faculty research and teaching, podcasts, events and program archives, course-related digital resources (including projects by our undergraduate students and our Masters Program candidates), and on-line exhibit curation and other content associated with Faculty Program Initiatives.

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