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Faculty

The Department of American Culture is home to a nationally and internationally renowned core faculty with training in a wide variety of disciplines. We offer broad-based training and a range of courses to our students. Our faculty have authored numerous, highly acclaimed books and articles, served as presidents of national academic organizations, sat on the editorial boards of major journals, served as expert sources for the media and news outlets and as consultants and board members for institutions related to our field.

Charlotte Karem Albrecht
Assistant Professor
On Leave FA18 & WN19
3634 Haven Hall

Fields of study: Arab and Muslim American studies, queer studies
734.764.8363
Evelyn Alsultany
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Associate Professor; Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and Undergraduate Advisor for the minor FA18
3527A Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Arab and Muslim American studies; Media and cultural studies, Ethnic studies and mixed-race studies
734.615.4627
Stephen A. Berrey
Associate Professor
On Leave WN19
3741 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Race and culture; African American History; U.S. South; 20th-century United States; cultural history
734.615.2936
Melissa Borja
Assistant Professor
On Leave FA18 & WN19
3657 Haven Hall
William Calvo-Quirós
Assistant Professor
On Leave FA18 & WN19
3642 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Visual, material culture and consumption Studies;Speculative Fiction Studies;Latina/o Chicana/o Studies
734.647.3341
John Cheney-Lippold
Associate Professor
On Leave WN19
3527G Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Internet studies, cultural studies, code and algorithm studies
734.764.6799
Jay Cook
Professor
1029 Tisch Hall

Fields of study:
19th-century, cultural and intellectual, African-American, popular/mass culture, visual culture, capitalism
734.763.7860
Maria Eugenia Cotera
Associate Professor
On Leave FA18 & WN19
3666 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Latina/o studies, gender studies, digital studies, social movements, comparative ethnic studies
734.615.8867
Matthew Countryman
Associate Professor
2759 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
African American social movements, 20th-century U.S. history
734.647.2434
Manan Desai
Assistant Professor
3658 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
South Asian American studies
734.615.2524
Gregory E. Dowd
Helen Hornbeck Tanner Collegiate Professor
3672 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Native American and Early American history
734.936.6872
Julie Ellison
Professor and AC Director of Graduate Studies
3527F Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Atlantic studies, culture & citizenship, public engagement & community practice
734.647.0908
Anna Watkins Fisher
Assistant Professor
3640 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Digital studies, media theory, performance studies, contemporary art and visual culture, feminist and queer studies, critical theory
734.615.2936
Jonathan Freedman
Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor
On Leave
3036 Tisch Hall

Fields of study:
Late 19th-century British American literature
734.764.0475
Colin Gunckel
Associate Professor
3632 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Chicano/Latino film and media, Latina American cinema, Mexican cinema
734.615.2935
Sandra Gunning
Professor
4733 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
American studies; 19th- and 20th-century American literature; African American literature; African diaspora studies; interdisciplinary approaches to literature, femininsm and gender studies, and travel writing
734.763.5525
Kristin Hass
Associate Professor
3759 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Visual culture, material culture, museum studies, memory, 20th-century cultural history
734.615.8869
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof
Professor; AC Associate Chair and Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program
3751 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Latino studies, Latin American and Caribbean history
734.647.0253
June Howard
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
3058 Tisch Hall

Research and Teaching Interests: literature and culture in the United States from the mid-nineteenth-century to the present; genre studies; American Studies; gender studies; periodical history; cultural & social theory; disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and knowledge production.
Bethany Hughes
Assistant Professor
3664 Haven Hall
Roland Hwang
Lecturer I
3732 Haven Hall
Mary C. Kelley
Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor
On Leave WN19
2672 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
American Intellectual History, American Culture, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
734.834.0903
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer
Associate Professor; Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and Undergraduate Advisor for the minor WN19
3527B Haven Hall
505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Fax: 734.936.1967
734.936.5858
Nancy A. Khalil
LSA Collegiate Fellow in American Culture
John Kuwada
Professor; Director of the A/PIA Studies Program and Advisor for the Undergraduate Minor
Fields of study:
General: Neurobiology
Topic of Research: Genetic and molecular analysis of how genes regulate the formation, activity and function of neural circuits in the brain.


Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
Associate Professor; Acting Director of Latina/o Studies and Undergraduate Advisor for the major and minor
3757 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Latina/o studies, Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean studies, women’s, gender, & sexuality studies, lesbian, gay, & queer studies
734.647.0913
Scott Larson
Lecturer III
3733 Haven Hall

Fields of study: 18th- and 19th- century American Cultural History; American Religious Cultures; Disability Studies; Transgender History; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
734.615.6474
Emily Lawsin
Lecturer IV
2137 Lane Hall

Fields of study:
Asian American studies, Filipina/o American history literature & communities, community service-learning, Asian American activism
734.763.2047
Diana Louis
Assistant Professor
Lane Hall

Fields of study: 19th- and 20th century African American literature and culture, global black feminisms, history of medicine, slavery, mental illness, sustainability, and disability
734.936.0717
James McIntosh
Professor Emeritus
3722 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
19th-century American literature
Anthony P. Mora
Associate Professor
On Leave WN19
3767 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
19th-century United States; historical construction of race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S.; Mexican-American history; Latino/a history; the history of sexuality734.615.5766 / apmora@umich.edu
734.615.5766
Susan Najita
Associate Professor
3176 Angell hall

Fields of study:
Pacific literatures in English, Asian American literatures, U.S. minority literatures
734.764.6345
Lisa Nakamura
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor; Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor for the Digital Studies Minor
3735 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Asian American studies, digital media theory, digital game studies, feminist theory, film and television studies, race and gender in new media
734.615.6472
Silvia Pedraza
Professor
On Leave WN19
4226 LSA

Fields of study:
Sociology of immigration, race, and ethnicity in America, and the Cuban revolution and exodus; Puerto Rican history and exodus.
734.647.3659
3732 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) language instruction
734.615.8896
Ava Purkiss
Assistant Professor
On Leave FA18 & WN19
Lane Hall

Fields of study: race, gender, and health
734.936.0717
Yeidy Rivero
Professor
3645 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
734.615.4614
Xiomara Santamarina
Associate Professor
4177 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
African-American, American: Nineteenth-Century American, Twentieth-Century American; Autobiography Studies; Caribbean; Gender and Sexuality; Global and Transnational; Novel and Narrative; Theory; Women's Literature
764-6368
Ian Shin
Assistant Professor
2640 Haven Hall
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor Emerita
Alexandra Minna Stern
Professor and Chair of American Culture, Professor in History, Women's Studies, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
3703 Haven Hall

FOR DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
contact: amcult-chair@umich.edu
calendar: invitations and appointment requests should be directed to Prof. Stern c/o mlfr@umich.edu

Fields of study:
Health and society, reproductive politics, genetics and social justice
734.615.6473
Matthew Stiffler
Lecturer
3639 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Arab American studies
734.647.9536
Amy Stillman
Professor
3765 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Ethnomusicology, Pacific Islands performance traditions, dance ethnology
734.763.5559
Alan Wald
H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus
3271 Angell Hall

Fields of study:
20th-century U.S. cultural Left
734.995.1499
Jessica Kenyatta Walker
Collegiate Postdoc in American Culture
4658 Haven Hall 734-763-5518
Michael Witgen
Associate Professor; Director of the Native American Studies Program and Undergraduate Advisor for the minor
3749 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
American Indian and early American history, the North American West, borderlands history, and pre-confederation Canada
734.647.5419
3743 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
African American and American literary and cultural studies
734.615.8866