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American Studies is an Interdisciplinary Program at Stanford blending courses in history, literature, social sciences and the arts, in which students learn to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.

To hear more from our students, visit "We the People" -- a blog for undergraduates in American Studies at Stanford.

To learn more, see American Studies Faculty and Students In the News


Recent News

Mark Twain in India & Japan: A Lunchtime Conversation with Seema Sharma and Tsuyoshi Ishihara

Wednesday, March 9th, 12 pm

Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to to attend.


Monday, February 29th, 7 pm

Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University

Open to the Public Without Charge

For over 25 years world-renowned artist Tania Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of society's most vulnerable individuals and groups. Her politically provocative works have tackled global


It was 1970 when history professor Gordon Chang, then a new graduate student fresh out of Princeton, walked into Green Library to pore through Leland Stanford’s papers for the first time. Forty-five years later, he is still looking for what he went there that day to find: accounts that would describe the lives of Chinese workers instrumental in the building of the transcontinental railroad. 

An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Chinese worked on the railroad at a


How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience is based on the series of “How I Write” public conversations with faculty and other advanced writers conducted by Hilton Obenzinger at Stanford University since 2002. These conversations explored the nuts and bolts, pleasures and pains, of all types of writing with prominent novelists, poets, historians, physicists, critics, playwrights, philosophers, anthropologists and neuroscientists. How do writers get ideas? How do they...

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces a rare exhibition of 12 drawings by acclaimed ledger artist Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.

The latest issue of the American Studies Newsletter is out!  Find out what's been happening in the Program and what our alumni have been doing!  

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