Research and Publications

The American Studies department publishes an annual newsletter:

 2011 Newsletter

2010 Newsletter

2009 Newsletter

2008 Newsletter         

Faculty members in the American Studies Department publish widely. Below is a list of recently published journal articles, books and book chapters, as well as forthcoming publications.



Paul Atwood, War and Empire: The American Way of Life. Pluto Press, 2010.

Aaron Lecklider Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Jeffrey Melnick, 9/11 Culture: America Under Construction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

Jeffrey Melnick and Rachel Rubin, Immigration and American Popular Culture (New York University Press: 2006)
Bonnie Miller,  From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).

Rachel Rubin, Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture. New York University Press, 2012.

Rachel Rubin, Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature. University of Illinois Press: 2000.

Judith Smith, Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture and Postwar Democracy, 1940-1960 (Columbia University Press, 2004).

Journal Articles

Philip Chassler, “A Boss By Any Other Name." Review of The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History by David R. Roediger and Elizabeth D. Esch. New Solutions 23 (2) 2013.

Aaron Lecklider, “Coming to Terms: Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture,” Review essay in special issue on Queer Studies and the Crisis of Capitalism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 18:1 (2012): 179-195.

Marisol Negrón, “Puerto Rican Rhythms: The Buying and Selling of Salsa Music in the U.S.” Odyssey: Stanford University Research Magazine. 1.1 (Spring 2002): 26-27.

Marisol Negrón, “Languages in Dialogue: Reflections on the 4th International Congress of the Puerto Rican Studies Association.” (with Jacqueline Lazú), Centro Journal. XII.1 (Fall 2000): 117-123.

Patricia Raub, “True to Life: Life Magazine’s Coverage of African Americans, 1936-1940,” Prospects 25 (2000).

Judith Smith, "Judy Holliday's Urban Working Girl Characters in 1950s Hollywood Film,” A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Lynnell Thomas, “‘Roots Run Deep Here’: The Construction of Black New Orleans in Post-Katrina Tourism Narratives,” American Quarterly 61.3 (September 2009): 749-768. Reprinted in In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: New Paradigms and Social Visions. Ed. Clyde Woods. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2010. 323-342.


Book Chapters and Essays

Bonnie Miller, “‘Remember the Alamo’ to ‘Remember the Maine’: The Visual Ideologies of the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars,” In The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare, ed. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr. (Texas A&M Press, 2013).

Lynnell Thomas, “‘The City I Used to...Visit’: Tourist New Orleans and the Racialized Response to Hurricane Katrina.” In Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy, and Hurricane Katrina Reader. Ed. Manning Marable and Kristen Clarke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 255-270.


Upcoming Publications

Marisol Negrón,  Made in NuYoRico: Salsa as Commodity and Cultural Sign Since the Mid-1960s

Judith Smith, Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical (Forthcoming, Univ. of Texas Press)

Lynnell Thomas, Desire and Disaster: Race, Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Tourism (Forthcoming, Duke University Press).