Photograph of Dustin Abnet


Voice: 657-278-3225

Fax: 657-278-5820

Dept: 657-278-2441


Office: Gordon Hall  413

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, Spring 2019 PDF 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 Culture PDF File

AMST 346 American Culture Through Spectator Sports 

AMST 350 Theories and Methods of American Studies PDF File

AMST 401T--The Fifties (Summer)

AMST 401T--Victorianism to Modernism

AMST 408 Gaming and American Culture PDF File

AMST 409 Consumer Culture 

AMST 459 Technology in American Culture 

AMST 489 America 2.0: Electronic Culture and Community

AMST 502T American Technocultures


The American Robot:  A Cultural History   (Forthcoming, March 2020, U-Chicago Press)

“Escaping the Robot’s Loop: Power and Purpose, Myth and History in Westworld’s Manufactured Frontier” in Antonia Mackay and Alex Goody, eds. Reading Westworld, (New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).

 Office Hours

Tu/Th: 4:00-5:00 PM and
W 5:30-6:30

Current Course Schedule

AMST 300: T/Th 1:00-2:15 PMAMST 300: T/Th 2:30-3:45 PM AMST 489: W 7:00-10:45 PM