Welcome to the American Studies Program website. The goal of this site is to allow students in the American Studies major, faculty, alumni, as well as students interested in the major to access information, get in touch, and learn about the American Studies Program at Georgetown.

The website is in development. If you have any questions about American Studies please don't hesitate to email us at amst@georgetown.edu. 

Congratulations to the American Studies Class of 2015!

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners:

Mary Zost, winner of the Mary Catherine Mita Prize for the best thesis


Nevada Schadler, winner of the Joseph T. Durkin Prize for contribution to the program!

We'd like to share some highlights from our most recent American Studies newsletter. Please feel free to download our Spring 2014 newsletter here to read the complete articles as well as others.

Letter from the Director
Comments from the American Studies Program Director, Dr. Matthew Tinkcom

“People don’t realize how much they are in the grip of ideas. We live among ideas much more than we live in nature.”
- Saul Bellow

Dear Friends of American Studies at Georgetown:

I’m delighted to write to you as the Director of American Studies at Georgetown. My predecessor, Professor Diana Owen, took a well-earned research sabbatical for the academic year and I am delighted to have been asked by Dean Chester Gillis to oversee the program.
If we haven’t met, please allow me to introduce myself. I am a faculty member in the Communication, Culture, and Technology program and have had the privilege to teach students across the University — in the College, the School of Foreign Service and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — as well as having served as a Dean at our newest campus n the Arabian Peninsula in Doha, Qatar. I have called Georgetown home since 1996 and am excited to begin a new year on the Hilltop.
My areas of research center on the history of the moving image - cinema, television, video and internet - in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and thus I come to interdisciplinary nature of the American Studies program with great enthusiasm from my own research and teaching.
Read more from Dr. Tinkcom’s letter on the first page of our Spring 2014 newsletter.