Department Chair
Jerry Philogene
Associate Professor of American Studies (2005).
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Department Faculty
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
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B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985-1986.

Sharon O'Brien teaches interdisciplinary courses in the American Studies and English Departments, looking at the multiplicity of American cultures through the lenses of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The author of a biography of Willa Cather and of a family memoir, she is now teaching and writing memoir and personal essay. Teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; illness and narrative; and lifewriting.
Amy E. Farrell
Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts; Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues (1991).
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B.A., Ohio University, 1985; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1988; Ph.D., 1991.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005-06

Amy E. Farrell is the Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College. Her research focuses on the history of second wave feminism, representations of gender and feminism in popular culture, and the history and representation of the body and fatness. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
Cotten Seiler
Associate Professor of American Studies (2008).
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B.A., Northwestern University, 1990; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002.

U.S. cultural and intellectual history, critical race theory, cultural studies.
Jerry Philogene
Associate Professor of American Studies (2005).
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B.A., New School University, 1989; M.A., New York University, 1993; Ph.D., 2009.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2014-15.

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.
Marisol LeBrón
(on leave of absence 2015-17)
Assistant Professor of American Studies (2013).
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B.A., Oberlin College, 2007; Ph.D., New York University, 2014.

Marisol LeBrón received her PhD in American Studies from New York University. Her research interests include policing, militarization, incarceration, spatial inequalities, political economy, youth, and race in the Americas. She is currently at work on a book about the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.
Eric Vazquez
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies (2015).
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B.A., Kenyon College, 2003; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2015.

Eric Vázquez specializes on U.S. Latina/o and Transnational American studies. His research interests include U.S. relations with Central America, warfare and culture, undocumented immigration, social solidarities, and cultures of capitalism. His courses focus on comparative minority cultures, politics, and histories.
Zacharie Baque
Visiting International Professor in American Studies (2014).

Emeriti Faculty
Lonna Malmsheimer
Research and Professor Emerita

Currently working with the Central Pennsylvania LGBT History Project as Trainer, Interviewer, videographer and Steering Committee member.