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Welcome to American Studies at Brown

The Department of American Studies at Brown University is one of the oldest in the country.  It was founded in 1945 as a collaborative and interdisciplinary enterprise, predicated on the ideal of a scholarly engagement with the broader public and focused on a comprehensive critique of American culture expressed through our excellence in the classroom, in our scholarship, and in our work beyond the gates of the university. Today, we are still driven by this ideal and this focus, and our work represents three intertwined scholarly fields: American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Public Humanities.