Research in the Department of American Studies spans a broad range of topics. Our faculty study the history of sport and leisure, sport media, physical cultural studies, diversity & sport, American literature & culture, American Indian histories, theatre history, the rhetorical arts, Latinx studies, migration & critical theory, transnational and Central American studies, and feminist, queer, and animal studies. American Studies students benefit from a core faculty who offer dedicated mentoring and research opportunities from a broad range of expertise.

Research and Creative Production in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of a top-tier, AAU-accredited public research university, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds scholarly, scientific, and artistic discovery at the heart of our mission.

Throughout our departments and programs, our professors are at the forefront of their disciplines. They bring their world-class research and artistry into their classrooms, studios, and labs, giving students the unparalleled opportunity to learn right from the source of the latest innovations in knowledge and practice.

Graduate students and many undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty members, conducting breakthrough research and creative production that advances humanity’s understanding of ourselves and the complex, ever-changing world in which we live.

The creation of knowledge and understanding is an exhilarating and never-ending mission—and is at the core of every University of Iowa liberal arts and sciences education.