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
works on 19th-century literature and literacy. Charles A. Dana Professor of History Joan Hedrick
won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for her book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life
. Paul Lauter
, Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English, is a former president of the American Studies Association and the author of many works, including the most comprehensive multicultural anthology of American literature ever published. 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.