Graduate students are advised by their faculty mentors. Students should individually consult with faculty academic advisors on a regular basis—not just to pre-register—but also to communicate regularly about progress toward the degree and one’s professional development. Students are free to change advisors at any time prior to preparation for comprehensive examinations, especially as students begin to work with individual faculty in American Studies.

For general questions about graduate studies, students may contact the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of American Studies:

Laura Rigal, Ph.D.
Department of American Studies
Director of Graduate Studies / Associate Professor of American Studies and English
711 Jefferson Building
319-335-1609
laura-rigal@uiowa.edu