American Studies draws faculty from around the University. Courses in the American Studies core curriculum are taught by professors from many different disciplines. Cross-listed American Studies courses are offered in numerous departments across the University. Below is a listing of our core American Studies faculty. 

American Studies Administrative Team

Brian Hochman

Professor | Hubert J. Cloke Endowed Director of the American Studies Program

Colva Weissenstein

Program Manager

Core and Affiliated Faculty

Mike Amezcua

Associate Professor
Department of History Faculty

Randall Bass

Vice President for Strategic Education Initiatives & Professor

Caetlin Benson-Allott

Professor | Director of Film & Media Studies
Department of English — Core Faculty, Film and Media Studies Program — Faculty, American Studies Program

Kelly A. Cole

Adjunct Lecturer | Advising Dean Undergraduate Programs

Bernard Cook

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Director, Film and Media Studies

Benjamin Harbert

Program Director, Professor & Chair

Hall Howard

Chief of Staff & Associate Dean

Ronald Johnson Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen Lane

Adjunct Lecturer – American Studies Program

Sherry Linkon

Professor of English and Faculty Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives | Main Campus – Instructional Support
Core faculty, American Studies; Affiliated faculty, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor; Advisory Committee, Justice and Peace Studies

Mireya Loza

Associate Professor

Crystal Luo

Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Lori Merish


Amani Morrison

Assistant Professor

Ricardo Ortiz


Diana Owen


Seth Perlow

Associate Professor
Department of English | Faculty, American Studies Program | Faculty, Film & Media Studies Program

Amanda Phillips

Associate Professor

Adam Rothman


Erika Seamon

Teaching Professor

Lisa Strong

Director of Art and Museum Studies MA Program and Professor of the Practice
Department of Art and Art History

Matthew Tinkcom

Professor, Associate Dean-Academic Affairs, and Director of Communications, Culture and Technology Program

Joy Young

Adjunct Lecturer