Since the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity established our Ph.D. program, we have been excited by its rapid growth, as well as the general enthusiasm and interest it has generated. We are very proud of the fact that we have attracted both an outstanding and highly diverse group of students, and we look forward to building and maintaining our tradition of excellence by attracting exceptional students in the future. We encourage you to read this section carefully and decide whether ASE is the kind of program you are looking for. If you have any questions that are not answered on our Web page, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. George Sanchez, at georges

One of the things that makes ASE unique is the fact that we are an interdisciplinary program with faculty expertise in both the humanities and social sciences. Students have a range of disciplines and traditions to draw from in crafting their own projects.

At this point, ASE’s only graduate offering is the Ph.D. degree. We welcome applicants with either B.A.s or master’s degrees. While those with master’s degrees will most likely be able to transfer some units, the program is structured to take five to six years, depending upon the individual student’s background and source of funding.

To date, we have been able to fund all of our students through some combination of teaching assistantship, reasearch assistantship, and fellowship. ASE students have been very successful in university-wide and national fellowship competitions, and we anticipate this will continue. If we accept you, we will do our best to fund you.

American Studies and Ethnicity has an excellent record of placement and our students regularly receive national fellowships including the Ford Fellowships, Hayes, Mellon, AAUW, Fulbright, NSF, Truman and SSHRC. We have a proven record of academic success and we are proud of our students past and present.  Our students hold tenure track positions at at leading research universities: Yale, Dartmouth, UCLA, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Kansas; small liberal arts colleges including Smith, Scripps, Pitzer, Ithaca, Claremont McKenna, and Trinity College; and many campuses of California State University.

The department continues to grow in new directions and currently hosts research clusters in: Indigeneity and Decolonization; Race and Sexuality; Black Diasporas and Transpacific Studies.

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Department of American Studies & Ethnicity

Located in Kaprielian Hall on the University Park campus, ASE faculty, graduate students, and staff are available to assist you with information and resources about our academic programs and research specialties.


University of Southern California

3620 South Vermont Avenue

Kaprielian Hall 462

Los Angeles, California 90089-2534