About the Cultural Studies Program

The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies (CLST) provides the University of Pittsburgh with a vibrant intellectual center for interdisciplinary cultural critique and analysis.  Through its two graduate certificate programs (MA and PhD), course offerings, common seminar and colloquium, graduate student fellowships, dissertation writers' colloquium, dissertation prize, incoming graduate student meet-and-greet, open house, professional workshops, distinguished guest lecture, major annual or biennial conference, and its co-sponorship of dozens of talks and forums, CLST fosters the intensive study of cultural formations, past and present, from around the world.

One of the oldest and, with nearly one-hundred course offerings annually, most extensive cultural studies programs in the US, CLST serves as a site where 183 faculty members and 86 enrolled graduate certificate students from fifteen of Pitt's departments and schools exchange ideas about studying culture, beyond national boundaries and disciplinary divisions.  CLST, in short, stands as an institutional forum for responding to the increasingly global need to engage, through interdisciplinary and postdisciplinary lenses, the problematics of culture.

The program's current director is Ronald J. Zboray, Professor of Communication, and affiliate faculty member in Cultural Studies, Global Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies.

For a full calendar of program events, click here.


Oxford University Press releases Ron and Mary Zboray's US Popular Print Culture to 1860 in the U.K.

Oxford University Press has announced the release in the United Kingdom of Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray's U.S. Popular Print...

Looking for a Job or Fellowship? CLST's Career Opportunities Page Contains Dozens of Interdisciplinary Listings You May Not Have Yet Seen

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CLST Certificate Student Dominique D. Johnson wins 2018 Clarke Dissertation Prize

The 2018 Eric O. Clarke Dissertation Prize, jointly administered by CLST and the Department of English, has gone to Dominique D. Johnson (Niq. D. Johnson) for her 2017 dissertation, “Beyond Bare Life: Onto-Epistemic Archives, Precarity, and the Praxis of Being...