American Studies Faculty

Aaron Bell Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Aaron is an adjunct professor in History and American Studies. His research interests include 20th century US History, US-Latin American relations, and transnational conservative politicking.

  ab9972a@american.edu

Marcy Campos Director, Center for Community Engagement & Service Ctr for Community Engagement and Svc

Marcy Fink Campos joined AU’s Center for Community Engagement & Service in 2004. As Director, she oversees all office programs and serves as the liaison to the Office of Campus Life, Academic Affairs,

  mfcampos@american.edu

  (202) 885-1551

Michelle Engert Scholar in Residence SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Michelle Engert joined the faculty of Justice, Law, and Criminology after a diverse career as both a trial attorney and as a policy advisor. Michelle began her legal career as a trial attorney with th

  engert@american.edu

Despina Kakoudaki Associate Professor and Director, Humanities Lab CAS - Literature

Professor Kakoudaki teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature and film, visual culture, and the history of technology and new media. Her interests include cultural studies, science fiction, apoc

  kakoudak@american.edu

  (202) 885-2796

Charneka Lane Adjunct Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Dr. Nikki Lane has a rich interdisciplinary research program that borrows from feminist and queer traditions within Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Critical Geographies. In addition to

  nikki.lane@american.edu

Keith Leonard Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights, Keith D Leonard did his master's in English at UNC Chapel and his PhD at Stanford.His publications, presentati

  kdl@american.edu

  (202) 885-2961

Matthew Pembleton Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matthew R. Pembleton is an historian of 20th century America and U.S. foreign relations. His research interests revolve around government, politics and culture, and the relationships between citizen a

  mrpemb@american.edu

Katharina Vester Associate Professor CAS - History

Katharina Vester is Assistant Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in everyday practices

  vester@american.edu

  (202) 885-2409

Stef Woods Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Stef Woods is a full-time professorial lecturer with the American Studies Program at American University. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism

  swoods@american.edu