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  • Due to the coronavirus, the American Studies department has canceled its planned 50th anniversary celebration.  It will be rescheduled for later in the year. 
  • Folloing a series of discussions among students, faculty, and staff, the AMST Department has released a statement on the recent hate speech incidents on campus.  
  • Photograph of Kristin Rowe Photograph of Eric GonzabaThe department is excited to welcome Kristin Rowe and Eric Gonzaba as new full time faculty members! Check out their webpages and stay tuned for more information about their research and teaching.  


  • AMST student Kate Resnick was recently featured on the new "Meet the Faces of HSS" feature on the HSS website.
  • Professor Lane's study abroad program in Denmark during Summer 2019 was recently profiled by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Read the story to find out about the amazing experiences students had.


  • Dr. Eric Gonzaba has just launched a new digital history project called Mapping the Gay Guides . The project is a free, online web application that allows users to explore and understand the history and culture of queer spaces across the United States since 1965. Currently the site includes the complete listings of sites from twelve states in the Southern U.S. Thanks to a generous RSCA grant from the CSUF Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Gonzaba has hired and is working with four American Studies graduate students to train them in digital history skills while utilizing LGBTQ documents. By the end of the Spring 2020 semester, the Mapping the Gay Guides team and graduate students will have completed listings from the entire United States between 1965 and 1980. 
  • Professor Golub and former MA student Ashley Loup just published an article entitled "Engaging Fan Cultures: What Students Learn When They Study Fans" in the current issue of Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies.  

Cover of Framed by War

  • NYU Press just published Professor Woo's fascinating new book Framed by War:  Korean  Children and Women at the Crossroads of Empire which traces the arc of intimate relations that generated enduring transnational entanglements. Centering upon the experiences of Korean orphans, GI babies, birth mothers, adoptees, prostitutes, and brides, the book examines how US military involvement in the Korean War indelibly transformed Korean and American lives on both sides of the Pacific.





  • Cover of Men without MapsThe University of Chicago Press just published Professor Ibson's second book in two years: Men without Maps: Some Gay Males of the Generation before Stonewall.  Focusing on several American males who lived before the “gay liberation” movement, in stories of agency as well as agony, of fulfillment and pleasure as well as thwarted desire and self-loathing, Men without Maps freshly explores the actual quality of life for those “of the generation before Stonewall” who yearned for and sometimes experienced sexual involvements with other men. A few of the men studied are moderately well known today, but most are not. The involvements of some with other men were examples of long-lasting gay domesticity, while the encounters that others had were fleeting. Relying mostly on archival material--such as letters, memoirs, and snapshots--previously unused by a scholar, the book first explores those midcentury males, more numerous than usually realized, who lived as part of a male couple; it then examines experiences of solitary queer men who found coupling to be either unappealing or simply unattainable.


  • Professor Golub was recently awarded CSUF's first-ever Writing Across the Curriculum certificate! To earn the certificate, Professor Golub attended a series of workshops and then put together a portfolio of teaching ideas focused on ways of integrating more writing-to-learn activities into his AMST 401T course on music.   Read more about this innovative workshop series.
  • Professor Gonzaba recently was awared a CSUF Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity award for his project on "Mapping the Gay Guides" in which he will work with graduate students to develop a free, online web application that will allow users to explore and understand the history and culture of queer space in Sourthern California since 1965.  

Alumni Activities

  • John Carlos Marquez (M.A.) was recently hired as an assistant professor at Colorado College and awarded a 2 year postdoc at the prestigious Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture. 



  • Professor Terri Snyder was featured as the keynote speaker at "Untamed: Women and the Law," a special symposium held in conjunction with the Jamestown Settlement's year-long exhibit, "Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia" in commeration of the 400 year anniversary of the beginnings of slavery in North America.