AMST graduates – Spring 2022

The American Studies Program is so proud of its graduates. We hope that all of them will take what they learned to make OSU, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the US, and the world a better place. Congratulations!

@OKSTATE @osutulsa


Ann Williams (“Hardest Working American Studies Major”) and Dr. David Gray



Talk with Michael P. Daley – February 22, 4:30 pm (Zoom)

On February 22 at 4:30 pm, American Studies professor David Gray will be hosting a Zoom talk with Michael P. Daley. Daley is the author of a remarkable book called Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld, which offers a vision of Tulsa that most folks never see. Daley takes readers through Tulsa’s criminal underworld and examines the real-life figures who once populated it. A gritty look into Tulsa’s recent past, it nevertheless has much to tell us about Tulsa in the 21st century.

You don’t need to have read the book. In fact, any person who’s interested in Oklahoma (past and present) is highly encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Just registrar via the link below.

Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld

A conversation with author, Michael P. Daley, moderated by Dr. David Gray, American Studies Program, Oklahoma State University

Tuesday Feb. 22, 4:30 pm, Zoom

Registration required: click here

Buy the book:

Sponsored by the OSU American Studies Program

About the book: Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld illuminates a neglected history of American crime, identity, and politics in the 20th century. This is the extraordinary true story of a man who went from career thief to prison journalist to Eastern Shawnee activist. BlueJacket has been featured in Los Angeles Review of BooksTulsa World, Weird History, Bustle, Crime ReadsThis Land Press, and Public Radio Tulsa/NPR. The book was nominated for best non-fiction work for the 30th annual Oklahoma Book Awards.

The author, Michael P. Daley, will talk about the book with OSU American Studies professor, David Gray, followed by a Q & A. Please join us. Registration required (link above).

Praise for Bobby BlueJacket:

“Insightful, angry, straightforward, reminiscent of the subterranean classic You Can’t Win by Jack Black—Daley’s BlueJacket pulls no punches describing a long life as fascinating as it is heartbreaking in its details.”

—Jack Womack, Random Acts of Senseless Violence and Elvissey

“It’s a compelling read, full of violence and heart.”

—Joshua Kline, This Land Press


“This book is not only a fascinating and richly detailed biography of a wily child of the Great Depression who at an early age drifted into a life of serious crime and serious punishment, it is also an intimate portrait of his complex emotional and intellectual life. Bobby BlueJacket. The story is as good as the sound of his beautiful name.”

—Ron Padgett, Bean Spasms and Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers

“[A] rarity in literature—a history told by the defeated, but still unvanquished. As such, Daley has created an engrossing and unique story that will compel your attention from beginning to end.”

—Bryan Zepp Jamieson, Electric Review

“An amazing cultural history as much as it is a story of Bobby BlueJacket.”

—Rich Fisher, Public Radio Tulsa

“[One of] the 9 most anticipated true crime books of 2018.”


“Each time I picked up Bobby BlueJacket, I got lost in its pages, even at the points where I was utterly horrified by what I read… I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone, not only because it is fascinating, well-written, and incredibly well-researched, but because it provides layer upon layer of indispensable information told primarily through a first-person account of lived experiences. It’s the kind of narrative history we need more of, especially centering marginalized voices, especially today.”

—Samantha Puc, In Full Bleed



Nov. 19 – Art, Community, and Healing

Art, Community, and Healing a Century after the Tulsa Race Massacre: A Conversation with Jerica Wortham and William Cordova, Greenwood Art Project

Description: On November 19, Dr. David Gray, Teaching Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program, Oklahoma State University, will host a conversation with Jerica Wortham and William Cordova, Program Manager and Lead Artist, respectively, for the Greenwood Art Project. The conversation will center on the Greenwood Art Project’s work as part of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre Centennial Commission. The Project “focuses on uniting the city of Tulsa by working with artists, residents, leaders, organizations, and businesses to elevate awareness of Greenwood’s history, focusing on the 1921 Tulsa Massacre and the once-thriving Black Wall Street.”

The event is free and open to the public and is part of the public programming for Dr. Gray’s course on the Tulsa Race Massacre at OSU.

To sign up, go to this link.
For more about the Greenwood Art Project, see:
https://www.greenwoodartproject.orgFor more about Jerica Wortham, see: more about William Cordova, see: more on the American Studies Program at OSU-Tulsa, see:

American Studies at OSU

Nov 19, 2020 04:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)


Spring 2022 Courses

These are urgent times in America. Pandemic. Political divisions. Climate Disasters. Movements for restorative justice. Today, Americans face difficult questions about our nation’s past and our collective future.

The American Studies Program seeks to equip you with the tools you need to understand the changing dynamics of American culture and to fight for a better tomorrow. With that in mind, our faculty are offering some exciting (and timely) courses for Spring 2022!

In Tulsa, these include our new course on Comparative Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas, which will place Tulsa’s history of restorative justice in an international perspective. Also in Tulsa is a special topics course offered by Africana Studies scholar Quraysh Ali Lansana on the Economics of Greenwood, while literary scholar Lindsey Smith is teaching a course on Native American film. 

Professor David Gray will be teaching his popular course on Tulsa’s Public Cultures and he will be teaching a web-based course on the 1960s. He will also offer the American Studies Senior Seminar.

In Stillwater, we’ll be offering courses on War in American Culture and Black Geographies and Memorialization in the Landscape, a timely exploration of race and memory in public space. Our newest faculty member, Tom Jorsch, is teaching a readings course on Industrial and Agricultural Protest. And we are especially excited about historian Sarah Foss’s new course called Nations on the Move: Latin American Migration and Latinx Communities in the US. 

Other courses for Spring 2022 include Crime, Law, & American CultureThe Death Penalty in America, American Popular Culture, and both online and in-person sections of Intro to American Studies.

Nearly all of our courses include Gen-Ed credits, and some are offered in Hybrid, T-Flex, or WEB modes.

For more information, contact the American Studies director, John Kinder.

Spring 2022


3333 Crime, Law & American Culture (S) – M 7:30-10:15 (Liang) – T-Flex section also available

3373 Comparative Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas (D) – W 4:30-7:10 (Jorsch) – T-Flex section also available

3423 American Popular Culture (H) – M 1:40-4:20 (Takacs) – this is a streaming web course

3513 Film and American Society: Native American Film (H) – T 7:30-10:15 (Smith) – this is a Hybrid course

3550 The Arts and American Society: Tulsa’s Public Cultures – T 1:40-4:20 (Gray) – this is a Hybrid course

3950 Special Topics in American Studies: Economics of Greenwood (DH) – M 4:30-7:10 (Lansana)

4103 The Death Penalty in American (S) – W 7:30-10:15 – F-Flex section also available

4910 American Period Seminar: 1960s – R 4:30-7:10 (Gray) – this is a streaming web course

4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies Th 4:30-7:10 (Gray) – this is a Hybrid course


2103 Introduction to American Studies (H, D) – MWF 9:30-10:20 (Jorsch)

3303 Nations on the Move: Latin American Migration and Latinx Communities in the US (D) – MWF 10:30-11:20 (Foss)

3803 War in America (H) – TR 12:00-1:15 (Kinder)

3813 Readings in the American Experience: Industrial and Agricultural Protest (DH) – MWF 11:30-12:20 (Jorsch)

4453   (Sheehan) – cross-listed with Geography and Africana Studies


2103 Introduction to American Studies WEB (Childers)

2103 Introduction to American Studies WEB (Cornwell)

Fall 2020 Classes!

This is going to be an exciting year for American Studies. We’re launching a new minor in Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas. Plus, we have a lot of events lined up for both Fall and Spring — so stay tuned.

Most important of all, we’re offering a number of fantastic courses in Fall 2020.

In Tulsa, Dr. David Gray will be teaching a hybrid version of the American Studies Theory and Methods class. He’s also teaching a brand new class on the Tulsa Race Massacre, just in time for a year of events designed to mark its 100-year anniversary. Dr. Tom Jorsch is bringing his popular course on the Cultural History of American Sports to Tulsa (you’ll want to sign up quick for that one).

As for Stillwater, we’re offering a slate of interdisciplinary courses, from Dr. Reanae McNeal’s important new class on Racialized Trauma and Restorative Justice to Dr. Louise Siddons’ class on American Art to John Kinder’s American Period Seminar on the 1980s (we’re talking Ronald Reagan, old school hip hop, and a whole lot more).

For more info about all of American Studies’ Fall 2020 courses — in Stillwater, in Tulsa, and online —  check out the following link:

And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Dr. McNeal’s SUMMER online class on US women of Colors.

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Get ready for Spring classes!

What is your 2020 New Year’s resolution? Hitting the gym? Composting your leftovers?

What about taking an American Studies class?

There are plenty of great classes to choose from — both in Tulsa and in Stillwater. In Stillwater, you can learn about the history of socialism (even in Oklahoma!) or about the politics of playing sports. We’ve got courses on war in American culture (what’s the deal with the reemergence of both Rambo and Top Gun sequels in 2019?) and several introductory courses on American cultural life.

Students in Tulsa are encouraged to check out David Gray’s new courses on classic Hollywood cinema and on America’s dystopian futures (aren’t we already there?). We’ve also got great courses on American pop culture, new voices in Native American literature, and (for those of us who can’t get enough of Mindhunter) crime and American Culture. And more.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact American Studies director John Kinder at

But don’t wait long. These courses will be filling up.

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Fall 2019 Course Offerings

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It’s that time again – time to think about which American Studies courses you want to take next semester.

American Studies students in Tulsa and Stillwater have a variety of course options available for Fall 2019. Visit the Course Offerings Page, where you can find informational flyers for individual courses.

For Stillwater-based students, I would highly recommend either of the Special Topics courses: Introduction to Folklore or Disability in the United States. You should also check out Dr. Shaila Mehra’s new AMST 3753 course on African American Women’s Art & Ideas.

In Tulsa, students will have a number of great courses to choose from, including Dr. Stacy Takacs’s hybrid course on Theories and Methods of American Studies, Dr. David Gray’s popular course on Tulsa’s Public Cultures, and Language in America, a course new to the Tulsa campus. Nathan Horton, a PhD student in the English Department, will be leading the course.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact American Studies director John Kinder at

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

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American Studies students in Tulsa and Stillwater have a variety of course options available for Spring 2018. Visit the Course Offerings page, or download the Stillwater and Tulsa flyers to get the complete list of what’s available where. Informational flyers for individual courses are available from the Course Offerings Page.

For Stillwater-based students I would highly recommend  AMST3950 Intro to Asian American Studies (DH) and Dr. Rachel Jackson’s AMST 3683 Intro to Digital Humanities course which will involve a digital story-telling project with Iowa tribal elders. Dr. Louise Siddons will also be offering her popular ART 4763 Native American Arts and Material Culture course, which can be substituted for AMST 3673 on the AMST degree sheet.

In Tulsa, I would HIGHLY recommend AMST3723 Cultural History of American Sports with OSU AMST grad and now PhD History candidate Jake Cornwell, an expert on local baseball and hot rod cultures, or Dr. Tom Jorsch’s AMST 4910 Period Seminar on The Gilded Age, which will examine the first “Gilded Age” in the 1890s and draw comparisons to today, which many people describe as a “new Gilded Age.” And, of course, Dr. Gray’s  AMST4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies will be offered for seniors looking to finish off that capstone research project. 

NEED ADVICE? I (Dr. Takacs) will have drop-in office hours on Thursday, November 1 from 3-4:30 in Main Hall 2215 on the OSU Tulsa campus for those who have questions about course offerings or degree requirements. Feel free to stop by!

Welcome to the new semester!

Welcome, one and all, to another exciting semester in American Studies. If you haven’t yet discovered the perfect course, here is the list of course offerings for Fall on both campuses. We hope to see you in our classes come Monday!

A note about the TV and American Society course: it is listed as a “hybrid” course, but all this means is that the screening lab will take place outside of the regular class time. In other words, I’m going to ask you to watch everything from The Honeymooners to Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog on your own time and then report back. I’ve mostly picked programs that are accessible for free online, or available in the OSUT library, but if you have a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, and/or Amazon Prime it might come in handy. Screenings will range from 1-2 hours per week, but should be fun!

Fulbright information sessions will be held very early in the semester. Here’s the info per Dale Lightfoot who runs the sessions:

Fulbrights are fully-funded grants to teach English or pursue your studies or research interests abroad.

Information sessions for 2019-2020 student Fulbright programs will be held on the Stillwater campus August 22, 23, and 24 (see flyer for details regarding dates and rooms).

The online application for the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open.  The campus deadline (for completed applications and campus review) will be mid-September.

For more information contact (or if you can’t make the sessions):

Dale Lightfoot
373 Murray Hall
Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University

Alas, there are no planned sessions for the Tulsa campus. I’m working on getting them over here in future. Happy first week!