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 eighty course offerings annually, most extensive cultural studies programs in the US, CLST serves as a site where 183 faculty members and 91 enrolled graduate certificate students from twenty-four 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.


16th Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association (USA) returns to Pittsburgh, and features Pitt Graduate Students and Faculty

The Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association (USA) held its first meeting in Pittsburgh 16 years ago and will return to town, at Carnegie Mellon University, from 31 May through 2 June 2018, w...

Ron and Mary Zboray completing Volume 5 of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, US to 1860

Director Ron Zboray and Communication Visiting Scholar Mary Saracino Zboray have delivered their Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, volume 5, US Print Culture to 1860, due out next year from OUP-UK.  The volume aims to revise many curren...

CLST Fellowships Awarded to Sam Allen (COMMRC) and Maria Lis Baiocchi (ANTH)

The 2018 CLST Fellowship Committee consisting of Lisa Brush (SOC, Chair), Jacques Bromberg (CLAS), Nicole Constable (ANTH), Randall Halle (GRM & FLMSTD), Lester Olson (COMMRC), and Lisa Parker (BIOETH, who witdrew from service at a late date), ...


Crosslisting Requests for Spring 2019 Due 4 P.M.

The call to faculty members to request that their Spring Semester 2019 graduate courses be crosslisted with Cultural Studies is now open and instructions can be found here.

Annual CLST Open House with Common Seminar Inaugural Lecture: The Sense of Place in an Epoch of Loss with Ruth Mostern, 501-CL, 5:30-7:30PM

CLST's Annual Open House features, food, beverages, the Spring Course 2019 Rollout, and the Inaugural Common Seminar Lecture by Ruth Mostern, Associate Professor of History and Director of the World History Center (comment will be provided by Emily Wanderer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology).