The impact of popular culture on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability in the US…

About the Instructor

Aidan Smith earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College and holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2013. Her first book, Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency, was published by Routledge in October 2017, and she is currently at work on a new book project, tentatively titled Parenting, Power, and Policy: Conservative motherhood in the age of Internet activism.

For more information, email Aidan Smith at or call 917-701-2652.

Summer 1 (online)

This interdisciplinary course examines diversity and changes in American values and culture through literature, film, visual arts, and architecture. It will introduce students to various types of primary materials (such as poems, novels, films, photography, advertising, songs, etc.) and to different methods of reading and analyzing such materials. Using social and analytical categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, the course examines several critical periods in US history as well as situates Hawaiʻi in the context of American experience.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DH

Updated 1/22/2020