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Image of graduate students in Winterthur's "British Design History" Course in front of Buckingham Palace

​Samantha Nystrom (center) traveled to England in Winterthur's British Design History course as part of her research track in Print and Material Culture. Students interested in funded participation in the seminar should apply to the DGS in October.

Graduate students study with internationally distinguished faculty in areas  such as Early Modern Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, American Literature, and African American Literature, as well as newer areas such as the Environmental Humanities. However, our program is best defined by our emphasis on research that cuts across traditional boundaries. 

To underscore our methodological strengths the department has three Coursework Concentrations in the graduate program: 

1) Print and Material Culture

2) Race and Ethnicity

3) Transatlantic/Transnational Studies. 

Students may elect to pursue one or more of these concentrations over the course of their studies in our department (for more information please see the Graduate Handbook  ).

Resources and Projects Across Campus

Students and faculty in the Colored Conventions Project (2018)

​The Colored Conventions Project grew out of a gradute seminar offered by Prof. Foreman. Participants are building an online hub that "brings buried African American history to digital life"

​Students interested in the Race and Ethnicity concentration can make use of the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art and the Ishmael Reed papers, both housed on our campus. Students may be eligible to participate in the African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI) at the University of Delaware, which provides financial support for African American studies with an emphasis on collections-based research, public scholarship, and digital humanities.

Students interested in Print and Material Culture, the Center for Material Culture Studies on campus would be an important resource. Students also have the opportunity to connect to the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and intern at the Winterthur Library and Museum.

Students interested in the "print" side of this track, or in the transatlantic track, often work with 19th Century British Literature at the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection on campus.

 These concentrations are designed to cut across periods and national literatures. So wherever your interest lies, you will likely find faculty here who can lead you to exciting and unique research opportunities.

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  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361