The following is a registry of completed doctoral dissertations in American Studies and American Ethnic Studies as reported by PhD degree-granting programs in the United States.  This list is based on requests to American Studies and American Ethnic Studies programs for lists of doctoral dissertations completed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  The request was sent to fifty-seven different universities, some with multiple Ph.D. degree-granting departments in the relevant fields.

The report contains entries whose titles suggest the broad range of topics and diverse methodologies that American Studies scholars are exploring.  A complete alphabetical listing of American Studies Dissertation Abstracts from 1986-2014 and past surveys are available from the online ASA Archive at (click on resources).

Boston University (4)

Michael D’Alessandro, “Staged Reading: Sensationalism and Class in Popular American Literature and Theatre, 1835-1875.” Virgina Myhaver, “The ‘New American Revolution’: Cultural Politics, New Federalism and the 1976 Bicentennial.” Brian Sirman, “Concrete Dreams: Architecture, politics, and Boston’s New City Hall.” Zachary Violette,“The Decrated Tenement: Working-class Housing in Boston and New York, 1860-1910.”

Bowling Green State University (9)

Adrian Bautista, “Vatos Sagrados: Exploring Northern Ohio’s Religious Borderlands.” Katherine Barak, “Spinsters, Old Maids, and Cat Ladies: A Case Study in Containment Strategies.“Angela Fitzpatrick, ‘Women of Ill Fame: Discourses of Prostitution and the American Dream in California, 1850-1890.” Anduhati Ghosh, “From Holmes to Sherlock: Confession, Surveillance, and the Detective.” Cassandra Jones, “FutureBodies; Octavia Butler as a Post-Colonial Cyborg Theorist.” Melinda Lewis, “That’s What She Said”: Politics, Transgression, and Women’s Humor in Contemporary American Television.” Justine Lutzel, “Madness as a Way of Life: Space, Politics, and the Uncanny in Fiction and Social Movements.“An Tuan Ngueyenm “Luggage to America: Vietnamese Intellectual and Entrepreneurial Immigrants in the New Millenium.” Christian Remse, ” Vodou and the U.s. Counterculture.” Sanyal Sudipto, “Luggage to America: Vietnamese Intellectual and Entrepreneurial Immigrants in the New Millenium” Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw, “The Impact of Race on Perceptions of Authenticity in the Delivery and Reception of African American Gospel Music.“Abagail Van Vlerah, “Women’s Participation in Endurance Motorcycle Challenges.”

George Washington University (5)

Gregory Borchardt, “making D.C. Democracy’s Capital: Local Activism, the “Federal State,” and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.” Kathleen Brian, “Morbid Propensities; Suicide, Sympathy, and the Making of the Eugenic State.” Emily Dufton, “Just Say Know: How the Parent Movement Shaped America’s Modern War on Drugs, 1970-2000.” Stephen Lorenz, “Cosmopolitan Folk: The Cultural Politics of the North American Folk Revival in Washington, D.C.” Bess Matassa, ‘From the Cracks in the Sidewalks of NYC”: The Embodied Production of Decline, Survival, and Renewal in New York’s Fiscal-Crisis-Era Streets, 1977-1983.”

Indiana University, Bloomington (4)

Dustin Andrew Abnet, “Robots, Automation, and the Coming of Post-Industrial America.” Jacob Whelchel Hardesty, ” “The Jazz Problem”: The Victorian-Modern Tension in 1920s Secondary and Tertiary Schools.” Michael Devere Lahey, “Soft Control: Television’s Relationship to Digital Micromedia.” Elizabeth E. McGoey, “Staging Modern Domesticity: Art and Cosntructed Interior Displays n America, 1925-1940.”

Purdue University (1)

Shivohn N. Garcia, “Fiddling Around: The Life and Love of Pura Teresa Belpre & Clarence Cameron White.”

State University of New York, Buffalo (8)

Marta Cieslak, “From Peasants to Workers in the Aftermath of Emancipation: Class, Nation and Reform, 1865-1914.” Swati Bandi, “Of Rights and Representations: Transient Subjects, Woman’s Rights, and Global Humanitarian Documentary Intervention.” Mary Kohler, “The S & H Trading Stamp Company: A Microcosm for Understanding the “Nature of Business and the Dialectics of Culture, Economy and Gender.” Nancy Napierala, “Pearl White and the Sidewalk Senecas: Faithkeepers and Twentieth-Century Haudenosaunee Regeneration.” Heidi Nickisher, “Atlantic World Trade and the Production of Social Meaning: Silver, Ceramics, and Spinning Wheels.” Wending Paiting, “Aberration in The Heartland of The Real: The Many Faces of Timothy McVeigh.” Brea Willingham, “What Good Would a College Degree do for these Women? ” Politics and Paradox of Higher Education in Women’s Prisons.”

University of Hawaii, Manoa (2)

Michelle Zacks, “From Table to Trash: the Rise and Fall of Mullet Fishing in Southwest Florida.” Margaret M. McAleavey, “Dispossession and Defiance; Kalaupapa Patients, Hale Mohalu, and Hawaiian Resitance.”

University of Maryland (4)

Kristen Crase, “Place as Common and Uncommon Wealth.” Melissa Reddy, “Browngirl Narratives: Exploring Coming of Age in the Golden Era of Hip Hop (1986-1996).” Shanna Smith, “Tell me Your Diamonds: Life History & Story-bearing Performance in African American Women’s Narratives.” Kelly Trigger, “(Im)mobilizing Community College Youths’ Digital Culture: Theorizing the Implications of Everyday Digital Practices, Perceptions,a dn Differences Among Frederick Community College Youths.”

University of Minnesota (8)

Rodolfo Aguilar, “Tambien Bailamos en el Norte: Sonidero, Transnational Lives, and Mexican Migrants in the Midwest.” Michael Cheyne, “Sitcom Citizenship: Civic Participation within Postwar Suburban Sitcoms, 1952-1972.” Melissa Hatmaker, “Flooded in Sludge, Fueling the Nation: Generating Power, Waste and Change in East Tennessee.” Jasmine Mitchell, “Popular Culture Images of the Mulatta: Constructing Race, Gender and Nation in the United States and Brazil.” Juliana Pegues, “interrogating Intimacies: Asian American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska.” Jasmine Tang, “Atomic Hospitality: Asian Migrant Scientists Meet the U.S. South.” Benjamin Wiggins, “Managing Risk, Managing Race: Racialized Actuarial Science in the United States, 1881-1948.” Karissa White, ‘To Resist and Adapt: Tribal Narratives of Community, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights at the Squaxin Island Museum, Library and Research Center and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum.”

University of Southern California (7)

Robert Eap, “Contested Commemorations: Violence and Memory in Cambodia.” Priscilla Leiva, “Stadium Struggles: The Cultural Politics of Difference and Civic Identity in Postwar Urban Imaginaries.” Haven Perez, “How Evangelicals Are Born-Again & Again: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in American Culture.” Jessi Quizar, “Who Cares for Detroit?  Urban Agriculture, Black Self-Determination, and Struggles over Urban Space.” Orlando Serrano Jr., “Colonial Brews: Café and Power in the Américas.” Sriya Shrestha, “Profiting from Disparity: Marketing to the poor across the United States and South Asia.” David Stein, “Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fear: The End of Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State.”

University of Texas, Austin (4)

Eric Covey, “US Mercenary Encounters with the Ottoman World, 1805-1882.” Andrew Friedenthal, ‘Heroes of the Past, Readers of the Present, Stories of the Future: Continuity, Cultural Memory, and Historical Revisionism in Superhero Comic.” Andrew Jones, “The British Experience with American Independent Photography, 1944-1980.” Lisa Powell, “Landscapes of Mining and Agriculture in Western Kentucky.”

Yale University (5)

Joshua Glick, “Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977.” Lauren Pearlman, “Democracy’s Capital: Local Protest, National Politics, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., 1933-1978.” Jesse Ramirez, “Dreaming with the Negative: Apocalypse, Science Fiction, and the American Culture, 1945-2001.” Chloe Taft, “From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA.” Ruth Yow, “How Team Colors: Race, Education, and Justice in the Resegratating South, 1964-2013.”