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Welcome to the Fall 2023 semester!

Your AMST professors are very excited to be working with you in the weeks ahead! This first day of the semester is a busy one for American Studies at the Beach, with our Intro to American Studies class, California Cultures, Beauty Matters, Television Borders and Senior Seminar all meeting for the first time, and of course our many asynchronous classes kicking off today as well!

If you are looking to round out your schedule by adding a class, we still have spots in our awesome electives including Beauty Matters, Television Borders, and the American Studies Mixtape! DM us here or contact Dr. Mizelle for more info.

Wishing you all a great start to this new school year! Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming American Studies events and activities!


Join us on Saturday, December 3rd for a walking tour of downtown Long Beach lead by Dr. Mizelle!
We’ll be meeting at 10am at the Harvey Milk Promenade Park and covering a few miles of Long Beach history.
Guests are welcome, but RSVPs are required in advance:
We hope you can join us!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 05/16/2022

Graduation day is here - congrats grads, we are so very proud of you all!

We congratulate all of our 2021-2022 graduating majors and minors. It's been a tough couple of years, so y'all have reasons to be extra proud about finishing up your degrees. We also want to acknowledge our 2021-2022 award winners. Their names will appear in the commencement program along with the list of graduates:

Distinguished American Studies Undergraduates:

Rigo Infante & Kayla Woodson (pictured here!)

Outstanding American Studies Minors:

Shaika Gautam & Sanjesh Singh

Community Engagement Awards:

Leticia Arce & Shivam Srivastava

Classroom Leadership Awards:

Nick Neira & Conner Wileman

Again, a huge congrats from your AMST faculty - we are excited to see what you’ll accomplish in the years ahead!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 04/25/2022

Join us for the upcoming virtual CASA Conference, which is focused this year on research, activism and writing.

Friday April 29th from 9am - 11am.

Zoom Meeting ID: 856 2099 9495


Join us on Tuesday, April 26th at 2pm online for this exciting talk abut the work of the Auntie Sewing Squad!



Join us for a walking tour of our campus!

Learn more about the history of CSULB on this fun campus walk with Dr. Mizelle!

Meet in the area between FO2 and FO3 at 12pm on Friday 4/15. RSVP here:


Join us on Wednesday April 6th for a virtual talk!

Come hear from film director and producer, Ann Kaneko, on her impact documentary that recounts more than 150 years of history of Payahuunadü (Owens Valley), “the land of flowing water” and how it is tied to Los Angeles. MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST poetically weaves together memories of intergenerational women from three communities who defend their land, their history, and their culture from the insatiable thirst of Los Angeles. Indigenous communities, Japanese American WWII incarcerees, and environmentalists form an unexpected alliance to preserve Payahuunadü.

The film is streaming from April 1st to April 10th:
Password: CSULB

RSVP for the event and get streaming info mailed to you:


Pizza 🍕 time is here! Join us on campus on Thursday March 10th from 4pm - 6pm near LA3-120 and grab some pizza, chat with your AMST professors and classmates, and enjoy some sunshine! Pizza is on us!


Are you ready for the Spring 2022 semester to start?

The semester starts on a Thursday this spring, which means we are officially underway TOMORROW, January 20th. If you don’t have classes scheduled for Thursdays or Fridays this semester, this likely means you still have a few more days of winter break. That said, and this is super important: BE SURE TO WATCH FOR EMAILS FROM YOUR PROFESSORS about what to expect.

Most classes at CSULB are going to be 100% online for the first two weeks of the spring semester, including all American Studies classes. Again, be on the lookout for details from your profs on what to expect and what your next steps are.

We are excited to get back in action and are looking forward to the weeks ahead!

PS: can you tell where this photo, taken around 1977, is on campus?


Our "Pizza in the Park" plans have been thwarted by rain. :( So, no pizza for now, but we hope to reschedule with an event to kick off the spring semester in January 2022 instead!


Join us for our end of semester pizza tradition. This year we have modified it slightly, enjoying pizza outdoors, in a park!

This end of year tradition is our way of reflecting on your accomplishments over the semester, and plan for the months ahead. Meet up with your classmates and professors and celebrate the season.

We’ll be in Whaley Park, which is right across the street from campus on Atherton. The neighborhood has a limit of one hour parking on the streets around the park, but if you want to stay longer, you can park on Atherton, or on campus (and walk over) if you have a permit.

We’ll have the pizza and something to drink, you just need to bring your own chair or a blanket to make our impromptu picnic complete!

We hope you can make it!


In the classroom or Zooming in, our CA Cultures students are putting in the work to end this semester strong!


Shiv, Brandon and Karen were hard at work with some of their classmates also on Zoom in their AMST 300 class on the third to last Monday morning meeting of the semester…not that we are counting down or anything. 😉 Let’s make Week 13 a lucky week!


Join Professor Jackson on one of her DTLA walks this semester! We will be walking on Sunday November 14th and Saturday December 4th.

Explore downtown Los Angeles by foot, learn some new history, see some cool art, and eat some good food! These walks are great for CA Cultures students past and present, but are also good for, open to, and FREE for all AMST students and their guests!

Spots are limited and advance sign up is required, so be sure to RSVP sooner than later.

Sign up and learn more at


Congrats to Dr. Sharma on the publication of "The Auntie Sewing Squad", a most amazing book released today that she coedited!

According to Dr. Sharma, the project stemmed out of pandemic mutual aid work. She says, “I'm proud of this book as a project to document and capture all that is the Auntie Sewing Squad, a mask making collective that formed to give masks to communities made vulnerable in and beyond this pandemic. 💕 It incorporates the quirky aesthetic, gallows humor, and justice-based grounding of the 800 person Squad. Most days I'm in awe that the Auntie Sewing Squad happened (and is in some ways still happening); other days, I can't believe this book happened during the same pandemic.”

Also involved were coeditors Mai-Linh Hong and Chrissy Lau, with contributions and essays written by Kristina Wong, Valerie Soe and Rebecca Solnit.

If you'd like to order the book, you can use a discount code through the UC Press website (17M6662). Otherwise, you can get it via and other booksellers. We can’t wait to read it, and hope you check it out, too!

There is also a virtual release event you can join to learn more, held on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6pm to 7:30pm:


Rainy-Monday-coffee-run-picture-in-the-reflection kinda vibes, today, right? Can you guess where AMST professors Mizelle, Jackson and Gomer are at on campus for this picture?


The Spring 2022 schedule of classes is now live, and registration begins in a few weeks.

We have a pretty awesome selection of elective courses this spring, in addition to our ‘foundation’ classes like Intro to American Studies, California Cultures, and our Senior Seminar.

The AMST department is offering our classes in a variety of modes of instruction for the spring: in the classroom, hybrid (a mix of online and in-person) and both asynchronous and synchronous online only offerings. If you have questions about the mode of instruction, contact the professor of the course, or send us a DM here.


Check it out! Join us this upcoming Thursday, October 14th @ 11am for a talk on racial justice in Long Beach presented by Khmer Girls in Action!



We are in the planning stages for the 2022 CASA meeting - save the date!

We are starting to plan our one day CASA conference for Spring of 2022!

We are hoping to be able to hold a hybrid meeting, with both virtual attendance and in person (at CSUF) gathering as an option on Friday, April 22nd 2022 - save the date!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 09/16/2021

Brett Mizelle: American Studies department chair, and squirrel whisperer!

Who has taken AMST 421, “Animals in American Culture” with Dr. Mizelle?

Note: no squirrels were harmed in the capture of this epic photo. Approach CSULB squirrels at your own risk, and protect your snacks at all times.

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 09/15/2021

A big thanks to Shiv and Jessica, two of the awesome Student Health Ambassadors with CSUB Student Health Services who are also taking AMST classes this semester, for giving presentations today! You can learn more about all things campus COVID related by following CSULB Student Health Services or visiting

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 09/14/2021

Dr. Mizelle and Prof Jackson decided to go ‘plane spotting’ when they read that Air Force One would be landing in Long Beach on Monday evening. Knowing that the usual flight path into the airport takes planes almost directly over the Pyramid, they found a spot that ended up being the right place at the right time! To their amusement, the plane came in quite low over lots of people that were out and about, but no one else seemed to notice - a good reminder to always look up and pay attention to what is going on around you!


Tyler and Valentin - and professor Jackson - were checking out the impressively ginormous crane moving equally ginormous steel beams at the nearby by construction project at the VA hospital before their AMST 300 class this morning. Honestly, it was pretty exciting…and we hope your week is off to an equally exciting start!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 09/09/2021

Students in our California Cultures classes practiced a bit of 'map making' today!


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The joy of a classroom full of people talking and connecting once again!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 08/24/2021

We didn’t get the best photos - it was a hectic day! - but we were excited to welcome back our first in-person American Studies classes since March of 2020 (530 days, to be exact) today! One of our Intro classes, and two classes of California Cultures got the chance to connect in person and do some brainstorming today. Online, our Race and Hollywood class, and Animals in American Culture also met for the first time today.
�We are excited to see what work you create in the weeks ahead, and are very much so looking forward to working with such an awesome group of students this semester.

Happy back to school!

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 08/18/2021

Information on vaccines and testing for Fall 2021.


Fall 2021 classes start in less than a week! Are you ready?

It is pretty amazing to think about how much has changed since this photo of the first CSULB present, Dr. Peterson, was taken in 1950 shortly after the City of Long Beach purchased the land that would one day be home to our school. The university has changed a lot since then, with each generation of students shaping it in their own way; we are excited to see what legacy this class of students will bring.

Here’s to enjoying the last days of summer break, and being excited for the weeks ahead!


Please join us on Wednesday, April 21st (3:30pm-4:30pm), for a panel discussion on “Anti-Asian Xenophobia, Beauty Salons, and Freedom” with Lisa Fu, Executive Director of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative; and Prarthana Gurung, Campaigns and Communications Manager at Adhikaar.

The event will cover themes of pandemics, public health, comparative race relations, and care with popular discourse on essential work and freedom. It focuses on race, gender, and Asian/ Asian American women’s low-wage service work and salons during COVID-19.

Date: Wednesday, April 21st
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Please RSVP here*:
*Zoom meeting ID and pass code will be provided upon registration.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Studies program, Asian & Asian American Studies Department, History Department, CSULB Labor Research Network, and SAMEAN club, with support from the CLA Scholarly Intersections Grant.

A reading guide on the Asian American experience from Viet Thanh Nguyen, Charles Yu and more 04/07/2021

AMST faculty member Dr. Preeti Sharma contributed to this terrific reading guide on the Asian American experience that appeared in the Los Angeles Times recently. There are so many terrific books here to read, including her recommendation, the collection The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power.

A reading guide on the Asian American experience from Viet Thanh Nguyen, Charles Yu and more Following the Atlanta shootings, books by AAPI authors including George Takei, Nam Le, Steph Cha and Maxine Hong Kingston offer essential perspectives

Timeline photos 01/28/2021

The Dolly Varden Hotel, 1929, with its 1935 sign advertising a “bath in every room.” Pacific Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets.

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 01/25/2021

Sandow Birk’s murals “The Discovery of the City of Long Beach” and “The Founding of the City of Long Beach,” done in collaboration with artists Thomas Barter and Elyse Pignolet. City Place Shopping Center, 5th Street between Long Beach Blvd and Pine Ave. Photographed January 2021 with construction making it hard to see “Founding.”

Photos from American Studies at the Beach's post 01/24/2021

Old and new at the intersection of Alamitos and Ocean: Villa Riviera (1929) and Shoreline Gateway (2021). @ Long Beach, California


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