AMST professor appointed co-director of Global South Lab

May 22, 2017

Professor Camilla Fojas has been named Co-Director of the Global South Lab, which is affiliated with the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at UVA. Prof. Fojas has a joint Mellon Foundation appointment with the American Studies Program and the Department of Media Studies. Her research explores transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latinx American cultural and media studies in a comparative imperial context. She is the author of five books: Cosmopolitanism in the Americas (Purdue UP, 2005), Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2008), Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power (University of Texas Press, 2014), Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2017), and Migrant Labor and Border Securities in Pop Culture (Routledge, 2017). She is currently working on a new project on surveillance and borders tentatively titled Border Securities.

American Studies majors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

May 6, 2017

Three American Studies majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on April 30. Congratulations to Erin Falk, Olive Lee, and Emily Lesmes. What a huge honor! Only about 10% of the nation's colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10% of the Arts & Sciences graduates of those institutions are considered for membership, making the society one of the most selective in the nation. PBK is a lifetime membership. 

Emily Lesmes, Erin Falk, and Olive Lee:


David Singerman talk on "Sugar, Knowledge, and The History of Capitalism"

May 5, 2017

David Singerman, Visiting Scholar of American Studies and the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, May 5 at 2:00p.m. The talk, "'En la producción auzcarera todo está metrificado': Sugar, Knowledge, and The History of Capitalism," will be held at the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Hotel A. Reception to follow. 

AMST Hands-On Public History class curates Daughters of Zion Cemetery exhibit

April 19, 2017

The students in Professor Lisa Goff's Hands-On Public History course organized an exhibit commemorating the lives of those buried in Charlottesville's Daughters of Zion Cemetery. The event, "Gone But Not Forgotten: Exploring Charlottesville's African-American History at Daughters of Zion Cemetery," was held on April 19 at the Special Collections Library's Harrison-Small Auditorium. The exhibit was curated by the students in Hands-On Public History, in conjunction with the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery. Local network CBS 19 News covered the event; you can read the story and watch the video here:

Discussion with author Dan-el Padilla Peralta

April 9, 2017

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, will discuss his work on April 9, from 6-8pm at 1 West Range, Hotel A.

Camilla Fojas and Jack Hamilton at VA Festival of the Book

March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, American Studies Professors Camilla Fojas and Jack Hamilton, along with Glenn Frankel, will speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book panel "Pop Life: Cultural Influences of Media." They will discuss different elements of pop culture and how they help define social and political beliefs; Siva Vaidhyanthan will moderate. 12:00-1:30pm at the UVA Bookstore (400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville).


Jack Hamilton in C-Ville Weekly

March 24, 2017

Jack Hamilton spoke to C-Ville Weekly about his recent book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination. Read the full article here. Hamilton will discuss his work at the Virginia Festival of the Book event "Reading Under the Influence" on Friday, March 24, at 9:30pm at the Ante Room; following the talk, Robin Tomlin of Grits and Gravy will play a live deejay set.

Lisa Goff at VA Festival of the Book

March 23, 2017

This Thursday, March 23, American Studies Professor Lisa Goff will take part in a panel discussion on race and class in America at the Virginia Festival of the Book. The panel will offer perspectives from fiction, policy and politics, and history, and encourage thoughtful dialogue on these topics within our community. 4:00-5:30pm, UVA Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections (UVA Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville).

Kasey Keeler on American Indian housing policy in the mid-20th century

February 7, 2017

Kasey Keeler, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies, has published an article in the Winter 2016 issue of Native American and Indigenous Studies titled "Putting People Where They Belong: American Indian Housing Policy in the Mid-Twentieth Century." Read an abstract of Dr. Keeler's article below:

In this article, I juxtapose the GI Bill of 1944 alongside the American Indian Relocation program. I critique Relocation as a policy more generally and argue that it must be examined as an Indian specific housing policy, an aspect of Relocation that is almost always ignored in lieu of a more-broad focus on urbanization that includes employment, discrimination, poverty, and return migrations. Further, I demonstrate how the GI Bill was a continuation of federal housing policies begun earlier in the century that worked to promote white homeownership, increasingly in suburbs, and often at the expense of people of color, including American Indian people. I examine how the GI Bill of 1944, as a proactive and effective housing policy that created new homeownership opportunities for many (white) veterans, spurring on suburban home construction, remained largely out of reach for American Indian veterans. In doing so I articulate the power of the federal government to create polices that essentially determine who should live where.

The explosion in new, suburban homes after WWII brings to the surface the inconsistencies in US housing policies for these two seemingly incongruent groups – American Indians and veterans – at virtually the same political moment. Nearly all veterans of WWII were entitled to the programs and services of the GI Bill, including its home loan benefit. However, access to the home loan portion of the GI Bill, including a federally guaranteed loan, a low interest rate, and a small down payment, was severely curtailed for American Indians. Instead, many Native veterans, faced with few options and a limited job market, had to decide between life on the reservation or to participate in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Program at the war’s end. Unlike the GI Bill’s guarantee of a federally insured home loans to construct new suburban homes for white veterans, American Indians who participated in the Relocation Program were relocated to urban areas and housed in temporary venues that often-included shelters and run-down apartments with virtually no access to home ownership.

What can I do with a liberal arts degree?

January 31, 2017

For undergraduate students wondering what you can do with a liberal arts major: join the American Studies Program and the UVA Career Center to learn how to get a summer internship/job! Discover what resources are available for American Studies/liberal arts majors, listen in on a 4th Year Internship Panel, and have your resume reviewed. The event will be held in the Wilson Hall lobby on Tuesday, January 31st from 5-7pm. Free Mellow Mushroom pizza will be provided.

Marlene Daut: Haiti and the Digital World

January 18, 2017

Dr. Marlene Daut, Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, will give a talk January 18 on "Haiti and the Digital World: Archiving Black Sovereignty Together in Life and Death." The talk is sponsored by the Scholars' Lab and will be held at 3:30pm in Alderman 421.

Pop, Race, and the ’60s A Slate Academy Oct. 20 2016 2:05 PM “Money (That’s What I Want)” and “We Can Work It Out”

November 14, 2016

In this episode of our Slate Academy Pop, Race, and the ’60s, Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton talks to Oliver Wang, associate professor of Sociology at California State University–Long Beach, and pop-charts expert Chris Molanphy about the trans-Atlantic relationship between the Beatles and Berry Gordy’s Motown empire.

Progressive Voice: The Silent Sufferers of Incarceration

October 27, 2016

There are five million children in the United States with a parent incarcerated — that’s about one in every 14 children under the age of 18.

Symposium Dedicated to Life of Julian Bond Kicks Off at UVA

October 20, 2016

A University of Virginia symposium organized in remembrance of the late Julian Bond – one of the most prominent social justice advocates to emerge from the American Civil Rights Movement and a UVA professor emeritus of history – will be held next week.