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 127 faculty members and 101 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.


"Keywords" CLST 2050 Common Seminar 2016 Successfully Launched by Course Instructors Jonathan Arac and Colin MacCabe at October 21 Open House

A sizeable crowd gathered on 21 October 2015 on the Cathedral of Learning's fourth floor to be regaled with food, beverages, and a stimulating Inaugural Lecture  from the groundbreaking team of Jonathan Arac and Colin MacCabe, who will be teaching the CLST Comm...

41 Spring 2016 Courses to Choose from for Credit toward CLST Certificates. What are your waiting for? ENROLL NOW!

CLST certitifcate students have plenty of Spring classes to choose from, including many taught by faculty members crosslisting for the first time with Cultural Studies.  These include Philip Kao's Anthro...

CLST Director Ron Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray Publish Two Essays on Popular Reading during the American Civil War

Ron and Mary Zboray have recently published two essays that draw from their massive NEH-funded project on print media use by Civil War Americans.

The first essay, “‘My Unsocial Habit’: Reading and Emergent Youth Subcultures in Civil War America,” came ou...


Annual CLST Fellowship Applicant Workshop, 1:30-3:30 in 402 CL Library Room
"Bodies of Cultural Work," CLST's Annual Fellowship Showcase Features This Year's Awardees Henry Skerritt (HAA) and Mohammad Mozumder (SOC), with Comments by Randall Halle (GER) and Brent Malin (COMMRC) in 402 CL Classroom

The uses of history in one indigenous artist's body of work in Australia, and the self-disciplining bodywork of Bangeladeshi Fakirs are topics to be addressed in papers by this year's Cultural Studies Fellows Henry Skerritt (HAA) and Mohammad Mozumder (SOC), respectively, to be delivered at CLST'