American Studies and Sport Studies

American Studies

Sport Studies

Native and Indigenous Studies

News and Announcements

American Studies Professor Eric Vazquez article in NACLA

American Studies assistant Professor Eric Vazquez has an article, "Left Out of Bukele's Bitcoin Decision, Salvadorans Face Deepening Inequality" on the July 9 NACLA website.
Megan Kate Nelson

American studies alumnus finalist for Pulitzer Prize in History

Megan Kate (Fritschel) Nelson (PhD 2002) was a finalist for the 2021 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West.

Re-Inking Comic Book History w/Deborah Whaley (podcast)

Inspired by the growing popularity of comic book dialogue, literature, and academia, Angelique interviews professor and comic book historian Deborah Elizabeth Whaley. Whaley is the author of Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime, a deep dive into the history (or lack thereof) of Black women’s representation in sequential art. They talk about the importance of scholarship in comics, little-known Black female artists and heroes, and how consumers of color create meaning when engaging with art.


The Department of American Studies acknowledges the university’s origins in land grants from the Ioway, Sioux and Pottowottami, Ho-Chunk, Meskwaki and Sauk peoples; we acknowledge that, like almost all property in the United States, university land has been obtained or extracted from indigenous people. While recognizing that these origins cannot change the past, the Department works to create a future where the past is thoroughly understood in support of human flourishing, democratic values, ethical action and social justice.

The University of Iowa Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty represents an official and public recognition that the institutions where we work and learn today are built on Native lands.

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