Greyser piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Dr. Naomi Greyser had a piece published in the December 21, 2021 Los Angeles Review of Books about being Jewish at Christmastime. "O Night Divine: Observing Christianity" can be found here.

Oates wins the Outstanding SSJ Article Award for 2021

Thomas Oates (American studies and Journalism and Mass Communication) is the 2021 winner of the Outstanding SSJ Article Award for his article, “Where I’m From”: Jay-Z’s “Hip Hop Cosmopolitanism,” Basketball, and the Neoliberal Politics of Urban Space (Vol 37 issue 3). .

In the article Dr. Oates make nuanced connections between hip-hop culture/Jay-Z and sport, presents a robust methodology, cleverly weaves various aspects of the analysis together, and tells an extremely engaging story about Jay-Z, sport, urban space, and neoliberalism.

Congratulations, Tom!

Department of Anthropology Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize

This scholarship will be awarded to students demonstrating a commitment to partnering with and supporting Native American and Indigenous communities. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Iowa. This scholarship awards $500-1000, and up to two scholarships are awarded each academic year.
The Pull of Horses

Recognition for Marra's The Pull of Horses project

Dr. Kim Marra's The Pull of Horses receives Honorable Mention for the 2021 ATHE-ASTR (Association for Theatre in Higher Education – American Society for Theatre Research) Award for Excellence in Digital Theatre and Performance Scholarship, awarded each year to an individual or team that demonstrates innovation and rigor in the use of electronic/digital media for the purpose of producing or disseminating knowledge about theatre and performance.
Big10 Town Hall meeting screen shot

Sport studies students participate in Town Hall with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren

Sport Studies students Carson Beck, Austin Hanson, and Chloe Peterson, along with faculty member Travis Vogan, participated in a Town Hall with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on November 1 to discuss some of the crucial issues the conference is facing. They were part of a select group of student chosen from the Big Ten schools to talk with Warren.

Anne Anlin Cheng "Ornamentalist Magic and Apoparitions of the Yellow Woman"

Anne Anlin Cheng is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief); Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface; and, most recently, Ornamentalism (which will provide the foundation for this talk). Focusing on the cultural and philosophic conflation between the "oriental" and the "ornamental," Ornamentalism offers an original and sustained theory about Asiatic femininity in western culture.

Job Search and Gap Year Tips for American Studies and Sports Studies Majors

Join a virtual presentation by the Career Center on job searches and gap years for American studies and Sport studies students.

American studies major pens op-eds

American Studies major Bailey Cichon penned op-eds for The Gazette over the summer.

Summer 2021 Internship Experiences

During the summer of 2021 three of our PhD students had the opportunity to work with local locations through the Obermann Center Humanities for Public Good intern program. Learn about their work here.