U.S. Cultural and Social History

The U.S. History faculty at Michigan State University enjoys a national and international reputation for research, teaching, outreach, and digital humanities. The size and scholarly activity of the U.S. faculty at Michigan State create a unique intellectual environment. The U.S. field includes more than fifteen tenure-stream faculty members with diverse research and teaching interests, with particular strengths from the mid-eighteenth through the twentieth century; African American and comparative Black history; comparative and transnational history; cultural, intellectual, and religious history; digital humanities; food and environmental history; history education; the history of gender, family, and sexuality; Jewish, Asian American, and Latino/a history; journalism, film, and media history; labor history; Native American history; and sports history. The graduate program in U.S. history offers students the opportunity to pursue their research interests from a national, transnational, or comparative perspective.

The History Department also has strong links to study centers and specialized programs across campus that support collaborative research and training, including African American and African Studies, American Indian StudiesChicano/Latino Studies, Center for Gender in Global Context, H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online, and Jewish Studies. Meanwhile, the MSU library has world-class collections in U.S. history, including the Russell B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, the American Radicalism Collection, the Ethnic Studies Collection, the Comic Book Collection, the Changing Men Collection, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Collection, and one of the country’s largest historical culinary collections.

Faculty in this caucus include David Bailey, Glenn ChambersEmily Conroy-Krutz, Pero DagbovieKirsten Fermaglich, Lisa Fine, Sara Fingal, LaShawn Harris, Vanessa Holden, Jessica Marie Johnson, Peter Knupfer, Georgina Montgomery, Javier Pescador, Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michael Stamm, Thomas Summerhill, Helen Veit, Naoko Wake, and John Waller.

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