Core Faculty

Core Faculty


Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Associate Professor, American Studies

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

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

Vivian Nun Halloran

Vivian Nun Halloran

Professor, English

Associate Professor, American Studies

Research Interests
depictions of slavery in both literature and museums; literary theory; postmodernism; cultural identities; feminism; queer and gender theory; non-fiction narratives

Karen Inouye

Karen Inouye

Associate Professor, American Studies

Chair, American Studies

Research Interests
Asian American and Asian Canadian studies; transnational American studies; afterlife of wartime incarceration; wartime prisons on native land; critical refugee studies, especially Vietnamese

Sonia Lee

Sonia Lee

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, Latino Studies Program

Director, Undergraduate Studies

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

Rasul Mowatt

Rasul Mowatt

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Director, Graduate Studies

Research Interests
social justice; cultural studies; critical pedagogy; leisure behavior

Micol Seigel

Micol Seigel

Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, History

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

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

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