Upcoming Events


 Monday, February 24: 7pm, Game Night with Professor Dustin Abnet


Friday, February 28: ASSA Symposium Proposals Due


Monday, March 9: 2:30pm, ASSA Resume Workshop in 210-A


Wednesday, March 25: 7pm, Sorry to Bother You movie night with Professor Kris Rowe


Tuesday, April 7: ASSA Symposium in TSU Pavilion C


Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25: AMST Department 50th Anniversary Celebration


American Studies News


The American Studies department at Cal State Fullerton will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding this Spring. Please join us! All alumni and current students are welcome. Please save the dates: Friday, April 24 in the afternoon and all day Saturday, April 25. More details on events will follow. In the meantime, if you are interested in attending and want to make sure we have your current email address, please contact us at AMSTCSUF50@gmail.com. If you have any photos from your time at CSUF that you would like to share for display at the festivities, please email those to us as well. We hope to see you in April!


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.  


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.


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 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.