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Penny M Von Eschen

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
AMST 2001: Introduction to American Studies
Credits: 3
This course introduces students to American Studies, the interdisciplinary study of US culture. Students will be exposed to the three main categories of American Studies methods, historical analysis, close analysis, and fieldwork and to a broad variety of cultural forms, including films, photographs, music, sermons, journalism, fiction, speeches, court decisions, government documents, and web-based materials including social media sites.
AMST 3001: Theories and Methods of American Studies
Credits: 3
This seminar course will introduce majors to various theories and methods for the practice of American Studies. The three goals of the seminars are (1) to make students aware of their own interpretive practices; (2) to equip them with information and conceptual tools they will need for advanced work in American Studies; and (3) to provide them with comparative approaches to the study of various aspects of the United States. Prerequisites: American Studies Major
HIUS 3132: Race, Gender, and Empire: Cultures of U.S. Imperialism
Credits: 3
In this course we emphasize how U.S. power has been exercised in the world with focus on intersections of cultural, political, and economic power. We analyze how power is produced and contested through language and media, and how hegemonic discourses -- the dominant and most powerful blocs defining U.S. society and empire -- are produced. We are equally concerned with cracks and contradictions in these discourses, and people who challenge them.
HIUS 3559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
AMST 3559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in the subject of American Studies
AMST 4500: Fourth-Year Seminar in American Studies
Credits: 3
This seminar is intended to focus study, research, and discussion on a single period, topic, or issue, such as the Great Awakening, the Civil War, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, or the 1960s. Topics vary.
HIUS 4559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
AMST 4998: Distinguished Majors Program Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Students spend the fall semester of their 4th years working closely with a faculty advisor to conduct research and begin writing their Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) thesis.
HIST 5559: New Course in General History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of general history.
AMST 5559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in the subject of American Studies.
HIST 9031: Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective
Credits: 3