Photograph of Dustin Abnet


Voice: 657-278-3225

Fax: 657-278-5820

Dept: 657-278-2441


Office: University Hall 423

Cal State University, Fullerton

American Studies
800 N. State College Blvd. UH-313
Fullerton, CA. 92831

Dustin Abnet, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies

Bio / Description

Material and Popular Culture; Work and Leisure; Science and Technology

CV, Fall 2016PDF File


2013, Ph.D, Indiana University

2006, M.A., Miami University

2004, B.A, Miami University

Research Areas

My research focuses on the relationship among science, technology, culture, and identity in the modern United States. Currently, I am finishing a book manuscript on the history of robots in American culture from the 1730s through the present. My next project will explore the intellectual and cultural history of gaming in America since World War II. 

Courses Regularly Taught

AMST 201 Introduction to American Studies (Summer)PDF File

AMST 300 Introduction to American Popular CulturePDF File

AMST 346 American Culture Through Spectator Sports 

AMST 350 Theories and Methods of American StudiesPDF File

AMST 401T--The Fifties (Summer)

AMST 408 Gaming and American CulturePDF File

AMST 409 Consumer Culture 

AMST 459 Technology in American Culture 

Work in Progress:

"Taming Our Machines": Robots and the American Soul in the Industrial Age  (U-Chicago Press)

Office Hours

T: 1:00-3:00PM

W: 2:30-3:30PM

Current Course Schedule

Introduction to American Popular Culture 
AMST 300-11
TTh10:00-11:15AM / MH-264

Gaming and American Culture
AMST 408-01
W 4:00-6:45PM / UH-319