The Program in American Studies offers an interdisciplinary study of the United States and the many ways to interpret the American experience. The program explores the themes, trends and patterns that characterize the American past and present using multiple perspectives and methodologies. You create your own path through the major, which includes courses in history, politics, popular culture, visual studies, law, literature, race and ethnic studies, etc.

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Mary Loeffelholz

Dean, School of Continuing Education

Kristen Warner

Associate Professor

Michell Chresfield

Assistant Professor

Victoria Serafini

Juliana Hu Pegues

Associate Professor

Jodi A. Byrd

Associate Professor

Lenora Warren

Assistant Professor

Tamika Nunley

Associate Professor and Sandler Family Faculty Fellow



The Demands of Justice: Enslaved Women, Capital Crime, and Clemency in Early Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, April 2023)

At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 2021) 

*Winner of the 2021 Pauli Murray Book Prize

*Winner of the 2021 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize 

*Winner of the 2021 Mary Kelley Book Prize 

*Honorable Mention, 2021 Darlene Clark Hine Award

*Finalist for the ASALH Book Prize 

*Shortlist for the MAAH Stone Book Award 


“Thrice Condemned: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Practice of Leniency in Antebellum Virginia Courts” Journal of Southern History 87, No. 1 (February 2021)

*Winner of the 2021 Letitia Woods Brown Prize for Best Article 

*Winner of the 2021 Anne Braden Prize for Best Article in Southern Women’s History

“Phillis Wheatley and the Politics of Genius in the Age of Revolution” (forthcoming in Journal of Women’s History 36, no. 1 Spring Issue).

“Race, Freedom, and the Intimate Worlds of Women,” Journal of Women’s History 35, no. 2 (June 2023).

"Slavery and the Political Touchstones of a Young Republic," The William and Mary Quarterly (79) 1

“The New Civil War Revisionism,” with Edward L. Ayers, Gregory Downs, Daniel Crofts, Christopher Phillips, and Matthew E. Stanley, Civil War History 65, No. 4 (December 2019) 

“’I Know What Liberty Is’: Elizabeth Keckly’s Union War” New Perspectives on the Union War eds. Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon in The North’s Civil War Series (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019) 

“By Stealth’ or Dispute: Freedwomen and the Contestation of American Citizenship” in The Civil War and the Transformation of the American Citizenship, ed. Paul Quigley (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2018) 

“Teaching in Climes of Unrest: BLM, Slavery, and the Intellectual Underpinnings of Student Protest at Oberlin” in The Panorama, a digital publication of the Journal of the Early Republic (Aug. 21, 2017)

BOOK REVIEWS                                                                                                                                                                      
Thavolia Glymph, The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Homes, Freedom, and Nation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020) forthcoming in The English Historical Review (2021)

Loren Schweninger, Appealing for Liberty: Freedom Suits in the South (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018) William and Mary Quarterly 76, no.3 (July 2019).

Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017) in American Journal of Legal History 58, no.1 (Spring 2018).

Amber D. Moulton, The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015). Journal of the Civil War Era December 2016. 

Jessica Millward, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015) Civil War Book Review August 2016.




Tejasvi Nagaraja

Assistant Professor


Tejasvi Nagaraja (et al). 2020. "AHR Conversation: Black Internationalism" — American Historical Review. 125(5):1699–1739

Aziz F. Rana

Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law


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