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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.
Diane Williams

Diane Williams (Phd 2020) publishes piece in Washington Post

Last month, a firestorm of criticism erupted after players shared images of a single rack of dumbbells and a stack of yoga mats provided for participants in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio — a stark contrast to the state-of-the-art, custom-built weight room available to men’s basketball players in Indianapolis.

It exposed the blatant double standard in college athletics and renewed demands for reform from female athletes, coaches and even politicians. An often forgotten chapter of college athletics offers hope that such reform is possible.
Hannibal for dinner book cover

Nicholas Yanes (PhD 2014) co-edits book

NBC's Hannibal only lasted for three seasons but became a critical darling and quickly inspired a ravenous fanbase. Bryan Fuller's adaptation of Hannibal Lecter's adventures created a new set of fans and a cult audience through its stunning visuals, playful characters, and mythical tableaus of violence that doubled as works of art. The show became a nexus point for viewers that explored consumption, queerness, beauty, crime, and the meaning of love through a lens of blood and gore.
Deborah Whaley photo

AMST professor Whaley participates in "Addressing Equity in the Classroom Setting During Times of Change: Tools for Faculty"

The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have laid bare the racial disparities that exist in education, healthcare, political participation, and other systems in the United States. These disparities and inequities accompany students as they enter into the learning spaces at the University of Iowa and can be exacerbated by the pedagogical approaches used. In the wake of the sudden changes in teaching during spring 2020 and the continued uncertainties that are accompanying the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, attention to equity in the student experience is paramount.
Travis Vogan

Vogan quoted in New York Times article

Travis Vogan, Associate Professor of American studies and Journalism and Mass Communication, is quoted in the August 17, 2020 New York Times article If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?

AMST major Cichon pens op-ed for Daily Iowan

American studies major Baily Cichon penned an op-ed for the Daily Iowan about disco, race, and sexuality based off the independent project she produced in Prof. Mathew Swiatlowski's course AMST:3900 Seminar in American Cultural Studies: This is America: The Cultural Politics of Popular Music.

American Studies alumna named as President and CEO of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of our new president and CEO, Marisa Cummings. Marisa Cummings (Miakonda) is Umonhon and belongs to the Buffalo Tail Clan of the Sky people as well as the Walker and Springer families. She is a relative to many and is constantly re-learning language, seed keeping, food systems, and re-building relationships with human and non-human relatives.

American Studies department statement on police violence

We affirm the right of citizens to exercise their 1st Amendment right to peacefully assemble. We mourn with those who are hurting and we stand with those who cry out for justice.