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Comparative American Studies

Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Comparative American studies uses interdisciplinary perspectives to guide students in their study of social, political, economic, and cultural processes within the United States as well as the role of the nation in a global context.


Shelley Lee

Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
Department Affiliation

Linda Pardee

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8907

Why Study Comparative American Studies at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
Variety of Courses
Special Collection

Upcoming Comparative American Studies Events

Sample Courses

  • CAST 100 - Introduction to Comparative American Studies 4 credits
  • CAST 202 - Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality 4 credits
  • CAST 243 - Promise and Peril: Race and Multicultural America 4 credits
  • CAST 333 - Transgender Studies 4 credits

Comparative American Studies Faculty

Faculty interests and research includes visual culture studies, comparative feminist theories and methodologies, human rights, environmental justice, green economies, and immigration.

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“As an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that illuminates some of the major challenges of the day—such as racism and anti-immigrant politics—so that we can better understand them and more effectively tackle them, CAS represents the exciting and urgent possibilities of a liberal arts education. ”

Shelley Lee, Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
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Comparative American Studies News

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Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.