American cultural studies allows students to concentrate on the Americanization process, American character, American cultural institutions and/or American cultural values, particularly as these shape our concepts and choices of vocation.
The program in American Cultural Studies is interdisciplinary and serves those students and faculty who are interested in the study of such questions but find that important aspects of cultural institutions, cultural artifacts and cultural values are not fully revealed by the course of study within a single department or college. The program allows students the opportunity to study issues especially arising from the cultural diversity in American society. Whenever possible, the program takes advantage of the rich curricular offerings of the various departments and colleges of the University.
Students who want a liberal arts education of breadth and depth will find that, because of its flexibility, the program adapts well to their needs. It offers suitable undergraduate background for advanced study in law, domestic social services, public service, government service or education, and for graduate work in American studies, ethnic studies and the social sciences. It also offers unique ways to combine the study of the humanities and social sciences.
For further information and advisement about the program contact the director of the program, Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada, Fairhaven College 330.
LARRY J. ESTRADA, Fairhaven College. Director, American Cultural Studies program. Race and ethnicity in America; Chicana-Hispano studies; urban multicultural education; U.S.-Mexican relations/Caribbean Studies.
JOANNE DEMARK, Student Life. Leadership; social justice; queer studies.
RAINE DOZIER (2008) Assistant Professor. BA, State University of New York; MA, PhD, University of Washington.
JOHN FEODOROV, Fairhaven College. New genre art, Native American Art, Art and Society
MARIA TIMMONS FLORES (2008) Assistant Professor. MED, Western Washington University; PhD, University of Colorado Boulder.
KRISTEN FRENCH, Woodring College of Education. Educational pluralism.
CHRIS FRIDAY, History. Asian American and Native American studies; immigration, labor, Pacific Northwest and U.S. West studies.
CAROL GUESS, English. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry writing, queer studies.
KAREN J. HOELSCHER (1992) Professor. BS, Bemidji State University; MS, Mankato State University; EdD, Harvard University.
STEVE HOFFMAN, American Cultural Studies. American Judaism and Jewish religious practices.
VERNON JOHNSON, Political Science. Culture and politics of African societies; African American studies; the civil rights movement in America.
ROSANNE KANHAI-BRUNTON, English. Feminist literary theory; postcolonial literatures; African American literature; imaginative literature by women of color.
JAMES LOUCKY, Anthropology. Immigration policy, Native American cultures, Latin and Latin American cultures, United States-Mexico border policy.
BILL LYNE, English. African American literature, cultural studies, cultural theory.
MARY JANELL METZGER, English. Critical Theory; women’s literature; Shakespeare and his contemporaries and English studies methodologies.
KATE MILLER, Women Studies. Women studies, comparative racial and ethnic studies, multiracial identity, GLBT studies.
DAVE OREIRO, Northwest Indian College. American Indian experience; contemporary American Indian issues; American Indian higher education
TARA PERRY, Communication. Communication cultural/critical studies; students with disabilities in higher education; service learning; issues of diversity in teaching and learning.
JOHN PURDY, English. Native American literature; ethnic perspectives on literary theory.
MARSHA RIDDLE-BULY, Woodring College of Education. Literacy and historically marginalized students; English as a Second Language; bilingual education.
LYSA RIVERA, English. Chicano and Chicana Literatures and African American Literatures.
DAN FIRST SCOUT ROWE, Fairhaven College. American Indian studies, veterans studies.
RAE LYNN SCHWARTZ-DUPRE, Communication. Communication cultural/ critical studies; rhetorical theory and criticism; visual rhetoric; feminist postcolonial theory and criticism.
TANIS S’EILTIN, Fairhaven. Art and creativity; American Indian art forms; American Indian issues.
TAMARA SPIRA (2014) Assistant Professor. Queer Studies.
MART STEWART, History. African American history; cultural history of science and the environment.
MIDORI TAKAGI, Fairhaven. United States History; African American History; comparative racial and ethnic studies.
NING YU, English. Asian American literature; Asian mythology; 19th century American literature and science.
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
CoursesAmerican Cultural Studies
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.