The Department of American Studies & Ethnicity’s (ASE) mission is to educate in the comprehensive analysis of race and ethnicity and engage students and the public to understand diversity, the consequences of disparity and inequity, and the enactment of community and citizenship at multiple scales in Los Angeles, California, the United States and the world. We seek to investigate and explain stratification based on race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion and examine the texture of lived experience and imagination of varied communities and their struggles towards equity and justice.

Our signature department profile consists of:

Ethnic & Racial Studies

Power and Social Justice Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Transnational/Global Studies

~ Adopted by ASE Core Faculty on March 28, 2013

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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