Recent (since the 1990s) books that were first American Studies dissertations at Iowa are listed below:

Adelt, Ulrich
Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White.
Rutgers University Press, May 2010.

Augspurger, Mike
An Economy of Abundant Beauty: Fortune Magazine and Depression America
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Fields, Sarah
Female Gladiators: Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.

Gutjahr, Paul
An American Bible: a History of the Good Book in the United States
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Hall, James
Mercy, Mercy Me: African American Culture and the American Sixties
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Hannickel Terry, Erica
Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013

Kibler, Alison
Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Lewis, Catherine
The Changing Face of Public History: the Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American Museum
DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.

Lewis, Michael
Inventing Global Ecology: Tracking the Biodiversity Ideal in India, 1945-1997
Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004.

Nathan, Daniel
Saying It’s So: a Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Natanson, Nicholas
The Black Image in the New Deal: the Politics of FSA Photography
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992.

Nelson, Megan Kate
Trembling Earth: a Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp
Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005.

Peterson, Rusell
Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Pustz, Jennifer
Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting the Lives of Domestic Servants at Historic House Museums
Northern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Pustz, Matthew
Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers
Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1999.

Reid, Mark
Redefining Black Film
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Rooks, Noliwe
Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Satterfield, Jay
The World’s Best Books: Taste, Culture, and the Modern Library
Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

Scheese, Don
Nature Writing: the Pastoral Impulse in America
New York: Twayne, 1996.

Scott, Kesho
The Habit of Surviving: Black Women’s Strategies for Life
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991.

Simonsen, Jane
Making Home Work: Domesticity and Native American Assimilation in the American West
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Snyder, Terri
Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Vermaas, Lori
Sequoia: the Heralded Tree in American Art and Culture
Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2003.

Wood, Sharon
The Freedom of the Streets: Work, Citizenship, and Sexuality in a Gilded Age City
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Dissertation titles and abstracts may also be accessed at the American Studies Association website.