Listing of Faculty in the department
Name Phone E-mail Office

Naomi Greyser

Associate Professor



422 Jefferson Building

American literature and rhetoric; affect and the body; critical race and gender studies; knowledge cultures and university studies; critical theory

Steven Horowitz

Adjunct Assistant Professor


American popular music and subcultures

Kim Marra

Professor of American Studies and Theatre Arts

(319) 353-2402


134 Theatre Building

Late nineteenth and early twentieth-century U.S. theatre and performance; feminist, queer, and animal studies

Thomas Oates

Associate Professor of American Studies

Interim department chair (spring 2020)

(319) 335-0316


728 Jefferson Building

Sport media, critical/cultural studies

Catriona (Tina) Parratt

Associate Professor of American Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sport Studies

(319) 335-9339


720 Jefferson Building

History of sport and leisure; diversity and sport; sport historiography

Russell Peterson

Adjunct Assistant Professor


American politics, political humor

Laura Rigal

Associate Professor of American Studies and English

Director of Graduate Studies

(319) 335-1609


711 Jefferson Building

American literature and culture, 1750-1900

Jennifer Sterling




716 Jefferson Building

Mathew Swiatlowski

Visiting Assistant Professor


709 Jefferson Building

Sound studies; cultural studies; U.S. popular and vernacular musics; immigration and migration; ethnic studies; critical race theory; class and culture

Eric Vázquez

Begins August 2020

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies

714 Jefferson Building

Transnational American studies; Latino/a/x studies; Central American studies; critical theory; war and culture; capital, financialization, and crisis; migration; film and media studies; contemporary American literature

Travis Vogan

Associate Professor of American Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies

(319) 335-1370


E342 Adler Journalism Building

Sports media, media industries and institutions

Stephen Warren

Associate Professor of American Studies and History

Chair, Department of American Studies

(319) 335-2064


718 Jefferson Building

American Indian histories, Midwestern history, ethno-historical methods

Deborah Whaley

Professor of American Studies

(319) 335-3494


724 Jefferson Building

American and Transnational American Studies, Digital Humanities and New Media Technologies, Cultural History, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Black Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, the Visual Arts, and Critical Theory