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.


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...

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...