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American Studies

Our Faculty


The American Studies Program is interdisciplinary, drawing on faculty from across a wide range of academic departments including: Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre.  Robert Bednar, PhD is the Chair of the program. 

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    (512) 863-1440
    Olin 119
    Specialty: Visual Culture • Visual Communication • Cultural Studies of Mass Media & Everyday Life • Public Memory • Trauma Studies • Automobility • Affect Theory  • Material Culture • Tourism • Landscape & Built Environment • Design & Culture • Film Theory/Practice • Environmental Studies •  American Studies • Contemporary U.S. Cultural History