Ph.D. in American Studies

American Studies has decided to suspend doctoral admissions for the fall of 2020.  This decision reflects our deep commitment to support those students already enrolled here at Brown, and our desire to ensure that they have the resources they need to be safe, healthy, and, where possible, productive.  We look forward to reading applications again in the fall of 2021.

Ph.D. in American Studies

The Department of American Studies at Brown University undertakes the interdisciplinary and transnational study, analysis and presentation of the diverse cultures, groups, and experiences that make up American life. One of the oldest American Studies programs in the nation, its graduate students and faculty represent a community of innovative and publicly engaged scholars committed to defining new directions in research and teaching.

The primary goal of the PhD program in American Studies is to train students to become knowledgeable, engaged, and productive scholars and public humanists. Graduates of the department now teach in a range of college and university departments including history, English, women's studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, environmental studies, communications, and American Studies, as well as hold jobs in archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions.

The PhD program includes:

  • Coursework including two required courses
  • Preliminary Examinations in three fields
  • Teaching as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Dissertation 


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