Oates discusses gambling and the Super Bowl

A record 67.8 million American adults are expected to bet US$23.1 billion on Super Bowl LVIII, according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult for the American Gaming Association. The estimated number of bettors has increased 35% from the previous Super Bowl, while the total amount being bet is estimated to have shot up from $16 billion in 2023. Both figures would represent records – fitting for a Super Bowl held in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the U.S. For the NFL, partnering with sportsbooks has been a boon for business. The relationship appears to be a natural one: Though sports betting was illegal in most of the country until 2018, it’s always been a part of sports fandom. But as a sports media scholar, I find the league’s embrace of gambling so striking because for most of its history, the NFL had pushed the government for stricter regulations, not more lenient ones.

Travis Vogan discusses Sports entertainment with CNN

Travis Vogan, professor of American Studies and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies discusses the rise of sports entertainment and how it changes the way people are interacting with professional sports.

Naomi Greyser talks with Charity Nebbe of Talk of Iowa about Barbie

Associate professor Naomi Greyser, who teaches American studies and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa, joins the program to discuss the role pink plays in our culture and why Barbie looms so large.

Eriz Vazquez Wins Outstanding Article Award from the Latinx Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Latinx Studies Section (LSS) Outstanding Article Award was awarded to Eric Vázquez, Assistant Professor in American Studies and Latino Studies, for his article titled, "'Your Life Is One-Hundred-Percent at Risk': The Caravan of the Mutilated and the Internationalism of the Vulnerable."

PhD candidate Dongilli accepted to NEH Summer Institute

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
American Studies PhD candidate Dominic Dongilli has been accepted to the NEH Summer Institute on "Willa Cather: Space, Place, Archive." The project he proposed is concerned with how "restored" prairies and re-wilded bison herds function as an archive of settler colonial frontier nostalgia.

Vogan interviewed for article about the boxing film Rocky III

American studies and Journalism & Mass Communication professor Travis Vogan was interviewed for an article about the movie Rocky III.

PhD candidate Dongilli earns prestigious fellowship

Thursday, March 2, 2023
American Studies PhD candidate Dominic Dongilli has earned a prestigious Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship. He will be spending 2023-24 conducting research and completing his dissertation at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC, studying in the archives and engaging the animals there.

PhD candidate Larsen interview on KCRG

Friday, January 27, 2023
American Studies PhD candidate Peter Larsen, who is also a practicing attorney, was interviewed by KCRG on January 26 about the effects of HF 2. Iowa HF2 is a bill for an act relating to public contracts, public fund investing, and lending practices with certain companies that engage in economic boycotts based on environmental, social, or governance criteria, and including effective date and applicability provisions.

PhD student article in the journal Science for the People

Monday, December 12, 2022
American studies PhD students Glenn Houlihan and John Tappen have an article regarding the critical interdisciplinary engagement with institutions, labor and culture article in the journal Science for the People. This article will be released in full online in January 2023. You can access the full issue now in paperback or digital formats.