Fall 2023

Research Methods in American Culture

Listed in: , as EDST-468  |  American Studies, as AMST-468


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 468 and EDST 468) This course is designed to provide American Studies majors, as well as Education Studies majors and others, with a methodological grounding to conduct interdisciplinary research. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their own choosing and develop a research prospectus. Students will be exposed to and experiment with a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, gain familiarity with methods such as participant observation, interview and oral history practice, and study a range of materials—visual, literary, print, digital, audio—via a traditionally interdisciplinary American Studies praxis. Students will gauge the utility of various theoretical and methodological approaches to determine which are most useful for their own independent work. A major requirement of this course is participation in a "work-in-progress" presentation as part of a public mini-conference at the end of the semester.

Limited to 18 students. Open to juniors and seniors as a research seminar; or with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Sanchez-Eppler and Visiting Professor Luschen.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to junior and senior American Studies majors, followed by students in Education Studies.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Ewing, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side University of Chicago Press, 2020 Eve L. Ewing Amherst Books TBD
Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant Observation, Data Analysis and Writing It All Up University of Chicago Press, 2021 Annette Lareau Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2023, Spring 2025