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Meet Prof. Maria Kennedy.  Prof. Maria Kennedy specializes in the theory and practice of public folklore and humanities, their genres of representation, and their institutions, with a focus on performance theory, festival genres, and anthropology
Meet Prof. Jameson Sweet. Prof. Jimmy Sweet specializes in Native American and Indigenous studies. His work in the 19th century analyzes the legal and racial complexities of American Indians of mixed Indian and European ancestry with a focus on kins
"Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam" By Prof. Sylvia Chan-Malik. From the stories that she gathers, Prof. Chan-Malik demonstrates the diversity and similarities of Black, Arab, South Asian, Latina, and m
Faculty Excellence: Nicole Fleetwood.  "Showcasing the Humanity of the Incarcerated. " Nicole Fleetwood, an associate professor of American Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick and scholar on incarceration, has collaborated with Aperture magazin
Prof. Andy Urban publishes: "Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor." In Brokering Servitude, Andrew Urban offers a history of domestic servants, focusing on how Irish immigrant women, Chinese immigrant men, a
Make America Great Again? These People Switched Careers. "As a student at Rutgers University, Mr. Hansen majored in American studies and volunteered for various community organizations. But after graduating, he was drawn to the tech scene and learn
SAS Race and Ethnic Studies Minor. The minor in Comparative and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies is designed to introduce students to the history and politics of racial formation by bringing together courses from multiple departments engaged in th
Prof. Jeff Decker publishes "The Other Rights Revolution."  Decker demonstrates how legal and constitutional battles over property rights, preservation, and the environment helped to shape the political ideas and policy agendas of modern conservati
DISCOVER ASIAN AMERICA.  Asian American Studies Learning Community.  Throughout the semester, students will think about, discuss, and debate representations of Asian Americans in literature, history, politics, film, scholarship, current events, and popular culture.  Apply Today.  Open to all undergraduate students.  Meets on Fridays from 1:40 to 3:00pm at the Asian American Cultural Center.  Email rick.lee to request an application.
Helene K. Grynberg Scholarship For American Studies Majors.  The American Studies Department is pleased to announce scholarships for declared American Studies Majors!  To request an application, please speak with your American Studies faculty advisor.

About Louise Duus

About Dean Louise Duus

As Associate Dean of Douglass College, Louise fostered the mission of Douglass College as a haven for female empowerment, encouraging women to take leadership positions and writing the grant for and promoting the establishment in 1986 of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering to encourage women to enter the STEM disciplines and to support them once they did. She also was one of the founding faculty members of the Douglass mission course Shaping a Life, an interdisciplinary course required of all first year students intended to prompt them to consider how women make significant life-changing decisions and to expose them to prominent women willing to discuss the intimacies of their own decision-making process. In addition, Louise supported the Douglass Sophia students, encouraging non-traditional women students to return to Douglass to complete their undergraduate degree. As a result of her staunch championship of women in higher education and her absolute devotion to Douglass College, Louise was awarded the Douglass Medal by the College and its Alumnae Associates in 1994.

During her long academic career Louise was active in professional organizations such as the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, of which she served as president, and in community organizations such as the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout Council. She also performed readings for the blind. As a devout Quaker, Louise supported student conscientious objectors to military service during the Vietnam War and was a local public housing activist. In 1970, she also spent a year as a visiting scholar in humanities at Philander Smith College, a small African-American college in Little Rock, Arkansas, at a time when it was not safe for a white woman to drive a car with African-American passengers.

"Louise was a devoted teacher, demanding high standards of performance from her students and avidly trying to convert them to her worship of the proper use of the semi-colon. It is important to note, however, that she worried about them like a mother and constantly nurtured their academic and emotional growth and development. She lived life to the fullest: avidly reading the newspaper and dissecting the news for its true meaning, joining her nephew and others on trips to New York to attend the theater and other cultural events, and visiting family, and she encouraged her students to take risks in order to lead their lives to the fullest as well. . . What lingers in memory about Louise Duus are her strong convictions and her willingness to live up to them; the generosity of her service to others; her sharp tongue and wry wit; and her genuine love of life. If we honor those qualities by emulating them, Louise’s memory always will be a blessing."

(from a speech delivered by Professor Leslie Fishbein at Dean Louise Duus Memorial, Douglass College, October 31, 2014)

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