The American Studies Program is consistently one of the top-five majors among the undergraduates of Trinity College. Our courses attract students who are interested in a wide array of scholarly approaches from history, policy, and culture to law, economics, and education. Through texts, images, and sounds, the major provides a rich, multidisciplinary exploration of the American experience at home and abroad.
American Studies majors are sharp critical thinkers and skilled researchers who deliver astute analysis in person and in print. Over the years, the American Studies Program at Trinity has served as a foundation for professional training (in law, business, medicine, or media) and graduate work (in the humanities or social sciences). The intimate size of the program fosters close intellectual and personal contact between students and faculty. Situated in Hartford, the one-time home of such luminaries as J. P. Morgan, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, students in the program are encouraged to take advantage of the unique historical, literary, and artistic resources available.
Trinity's American Studies Program derives its excellence from its faculty of notable professors, many of whom enjoy national reputations and all of whom are active scholars. Engaged and enthusiastic, they enjoy working with students whether in or outside of the classroom.
The core faculty include Davarian Baldwin
, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, who is a historian and cultural critic of urban America. American Studies Director and Associate Professor Scott Gac
writes on a variety of 19th-century cultural topics from music to violence. Cheryl Greenberg
, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History, tackles issues of race and religion in 20th-century America. Associate Professor of English Chris Hager
is an expert on 19th-century literature and literacy. Christina Heatherton
, Assistant Professor of American Studies, explores the global resonance and legacy of social movements in the twentieth century. Charles A. Dana Professor of History Joan Hedrick
studies gender, feminism, and the nineteenth century. She won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life
. Associate Professor of English and American Studies Diana Paulin
focuses on African-American literature and disability studies. Tom Wickman
, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, engages Native American and environmental history in colonial America. Please click on the faculty and staff tab
for a complete list of the faculty affiliated with the American Studies Program.