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Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies

Faculty working with Students: 12
Students: 6
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 66.67%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOESL Please have scores sent to the Graduate School

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in the American Studies program at Washington State University requires a previous bachelor’s degree in American studies or a degree in a related discipline in the social sciences or the humanities. The degree aims to achieve both breadth of knowledge in US cultural history and depth of knowledge in an interdisciplinary area of specialization.

Admission Requirements:

The Graduate School requires that the Ph.D. program include a total of 72 credit hours beyond the B.A., including transfer, research, and dissertation credits. The American studies program requires a minimum total of 33 graded credit hours in graduate courses. The distribution of required courses and all other requirements are indicated below. An additional three graded credit hours are required in either an AMST elective or area of specialization as part of the total 33 graded credit hours.

In addition to the core and elective requirements, all Ph.D. students take 9 graded credits in an area of specialization. Areas of specialization serve to delineate a professionally recognizable sub-specialty within American studies and to prepare students broadly in intellectual areas germane to their dissertation. The area of specialization should show significant historical depth and topical breadth. Each student constructs her/his own coherent course of study within an area of specialization of their own choosing with the approval of their committee chair and the director of American studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Student learning outcomes for the graduate program in American studies include the following:

1. Demonstrate broad, critical, and interdisciplinary knowledge of American culture both historically and in the contemporary context, as well as nationally and in a global context.
2. Synthesize knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives and think critically about the limits of disciplinary knowledge domains.
3. Analyze primary source evidence from written, visual, and oral genres.
4. Identify and employ primary and secondary source materials located through library and online scholarly research tools.
5. Design and complete original research in the discipline and an interdisciplinary area of specialization.
6. Write clear, publishable analytic prose scholarship.
7. Contribute critically to professional and to public conversations about American culture.
8. Teach undergraduate curriculum in American and ethnic studies effectively.

Faculty Members:

Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

9/11 cultural production, race and racism, U.S. popular culture and film, constructions of citizenship, body theory and embodiment, contemporary continental philosophy, and food sovereignty and food justice.

Bonzo, Joshua, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Applied linguistics and language writing.

Guerrero, Lisa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

African American literature, black masculinity, African American satire and humor, critical popular culture studies, race and commodity culture, and cultural studies.

Hubert, Michael David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Second language acquisition, second language writing, Spanish-English translation instruction, and Spanish phonetics/phonology.

Leonard, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Comparative ethnic studies, African American studies, video games, popular culture/racialized representations, cultural politics of sport, race and sport (NBA), Black popular culture (film, television, and hip-hop), social movements (grassroots organizing), Black freedom struggle, and prison industrial complex.

Liu, Xinmin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Chiefly cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dealing with society, culture and social thought as well as humanity vs. non-humans, cultural geography, and nature writing and ecocriticism in China and the West.

Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Puerto Rican and Latina/o studies, race and gender in popular culture, Latina/o literature and constructions of ethnicity and gender, colonialism/imperialism and empire, post–9/11 cultural and rhetorical productions, and race relations in the US.

Manzo-Robledo, Francisco, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Spanish Latin American literature, cinema and culture, diverse literature texts from Latin America and Spain, Latin American cinema, and representation of women in the cinema on Mexican Wars.

Navarro-Daniels, Vilma C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

19th – 21st century peninsular Spanish literature and culture, peninsular Spanish film, dictatorship, transition to democracy and cultural products, metafiction and intertextuality in literature and film, power and production of discourse.

Ong, Rory, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethnic cultural studies, cultural texts, linguistics, and theory, and Asia, Asian America, and Pacific Rim literature.

Rodriguez-Vivaldi, Ana Maria, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American Literature, Film and Culture. She has published and lectured internationally on film and literature, theater, and hybrid genre topics. President, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (2011-12).

Streamas, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

The narrative and racial politics of time and space, the implications of color and colorism, and the Japanese American experience during World War II. Most recently exploring the vexed relationship between higher education and people of color.

Contact Information:

Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo
Pullman, WA
509-335-8825