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Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Associate Professor, American Studies

  • paa2@iu.edu

Research Interests
cultural study of 20th century U.S. music; 20th century U.S. intellectual and cultural history; 20th century African-American intellectual and cultural history; american studies methodologies; past and present; critical theory (past and present) and affect theory; U.S. arts and popular culture (esp. 1920-1980)

Lessie Jo Frazier

Lessie Jo Frazier

Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Associate Professor, American Studies

  • frazierl@indiana.edu

Research Interests
intersection of cultural studies theories of power, subjectivity, and ideology with questions of political economy

Richard Henne-Ochoa

Richard Henne-Ochoa

Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Director, American Indian Studies Research Institute

  • rhenne@iu.edu

Research Interests
Native American and Indigenous langages, cultures and histories; language and culture revitalization; social, cultural, and political economic processes in education; ethnographic research methods

Karen Inouye

Karen Inouye

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor

Department of American Studies

Department of History

Chair, American Studies

  • kinouye@indiana.edu

Research Interests
Asian American and Asian Canadian studies; transnational American studies; afterlife of wartime incarceration; wartime prisons on Native land

Sonia Lee

Sonia Lee

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, Latino Studies Program

Director of Graduate Studies

  • soslee@iu.edu

Research Interests
Latino and African American history; politics of modern medicine; race; ethnicity

Susan Lepselter

Susan Lepselter

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Associate Professor, American Studies

  • slepselt@indiana.edu

Research Interests
American popular culture; social theory; semiotics; Native American studies

Rasul Mowatt

Rasul Mowatt

Professor, American Studies

Professor, Geography

  • ramowatt@iu.edu

Research Interests
critical leisure studies, critical event studies, and critical tourism studies

Micol Seigel

Micol Seigel

Professor, American Studies

Professor, History

  • mseigel@indiana.edu

Research Interests
race in the Americas; racial theory; transnational method; popular culture; Brazil; Latin American studies; history; mass incarceration; the cold war; postcolonial and queer theory; cultural studies

Maisha Wester

Maisha Wester

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

On British Academy Global Professorship until 2024

  • mwester@iu.edu

Research Interests
gothic literature in the African diaspora; American gothic literature; horror film studies; twentieth century American literature

Phoebe Wolfskill

Phoebe Wolfskill

Assistant Professor, American Studies

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • pwolfski@indiana.edu

Research Interests
African American art history; the Harlem/Negro Renaissance and WPA art; race in American art; caricature, stereotype, and appropriation in art and visual culture