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Graduate Resources

Find helpful resources for AMST graduate students below.

Chair of American Studies

Psyche Williams-Forson

1328E Tawes Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-6931

Resources for New AMST Students

Answering Your Questions

  • For academic policy questions pertaining to the American studies M.A. or Ph.D.: Nancy Mirabal, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, or Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Chair of American Studies.
  • For course and program advising, contact your American studies faculty advisor, Nancy Mirabal, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, or Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Chair of American Studies.
  • For forms or paperwork pertaining to graduate policies, check the departmental and Graduate School websites, then contact your academic advisor for signature and then Nancy Mirabal, Interim Director of Graduate Studies. When all signatures are in place, please give the paperwork to Dana Persaud for processing.
  • For scheduling rooms for events or signing out departmental equipment, e.g., CD, VCR and DVD equipment, contact Dana Persaud and make reservations on the department calendar in the main office.
  • For anything pertaining to money (payroll, fellowships, insurance, travel reimbursement, ordering pizza for a working group event, honoraria for invited speakers), first clear the expense with Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, and then talk with the Department Coordinator, Julia John.
  • For unofficial advice on courses, professors, working groups, campus organizations, College Park or Greater Washington resources, contact veteran graduate students or members of GSAS.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Important Sources of Information

Your First Week

Your First Month

  • Department Access and Services: Contact Dana Persaud (301) 405-6636.
  • Graduate Student Lounge: Visit
  • Graduate Student Mailboxes: contact Dana Persaud. Mailboxes are in the main office.
  • Computers and Scanner; Computers with network hook-up are in the Graduate Student Lounge.
  • University of Maryland Libraries
  • AMST Librarian: Eric Lindquist
  • Fall Potluck Party: TBA!
  • The Graduate School
  • AMST Website

Your First Semester

Additional Resources

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