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Ben Chappell image
Associate Professor
213M Bailey Hall, Room 213M

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Jacob Dorman
Associate Professor
3613 Wescoe Hall, Room 3613

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Also appointed in History.

Assistant Professor
Ruben Flores image
Associate Professor
213M Bailey Hall, Room 213M

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Full Professor, Chair, Department of American Studies
211 Bailey Hall, Room 211

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

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213N Bailey Hall, Room 213N

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

Associate Professor, Chair, African and African American Studies
11A Bailey Hall, Room 11A

Ph.D. University of Illinois

Also appointed in African and African-American Studies.

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Associate Professor
3068 Wescoe Hall, Room 3068

Ph.D. SUNY - Buffalo

Also appointed in English.

David Roediger
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Bailey Hall, Room 213
image of Sherrie Tucker on a motorcycle
213-G Bailey Hall, Room 213-G

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

Call for Papers and Sessions

Battleground Midwest
Defining Who and What Matters in the U.S. and Beyond
Mid-America American Studies Association 2016 Conference
March 4-5, 2016

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Our Graduate Students
  • On March 27th, 2015 John Shreve passed his Doctorate Final Exam with Honors
  • On April 13th, 2015 Stephanie Krehbiel passed her Doctorate Final Exam with Honors
  • On April 14th  2015, Rachel Schwaller passed her Master’s Final Exam.
  • On April 22th, 2015 Saoussen Cheddadi passed her Comprehensive Oral Exam for Doctorate
  • On May 14th 2014 K.K. Walker will defend her Master’s Exam

Upcoming Lectures & Readings

Professor Tiya Miles

October 22, 2015

Time TBA

Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium


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