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Alexander OlsonAlexander Olson

Assistant Professor, Honors College

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2013

Fields: U.S. Cultural & Intellectual History since 1860, U.S. West, American Studies

Office:  HCIC 1037

Phone:  (270) 745-4201


Mahurin Honors College


Research Interests

American Studies: A User's Guide (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017). Co-authored with Philip J. Deloria. Publication date: August 2017.

American Studies has long been a home for adventurous students seeking to understand the culture and politics of the United States. Despite being taught in universities around the world, American Studies has resisted developing a coherent methodology for fear of losing the flexibility and freedom to imagine new avenues of thought. But what if these fears are misplaced? Through a fresh look at the origins of the field, this book contends that a shared set of "rules" can offer a springboard to creativity. American Studies: A User's Guide offers readers a critical introduction to the history and methods of the field as well as useful strategies for interpretation, curation, analysis, and theory.



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