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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