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.


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...

A Record 47 CLST-Crosslisted Courses for Fall 2015

The expansion of course offerings that certificate students requested in a survey CLST conducted last year continues with forty-seven courses from which to choose for Fall 2015 (click here to see the listings...

Results of the 2015-2016 CLST Fellowship Competition

This year's all-elected CLST Fellowship Committee, consisting of Bruce Venarde (HIST, Chair), Laura Brown (ANTH), Neil Doshi (FRIT), Randall Halle (GER), Adriana Helbig (MUSIC), and Linda Penkower (RELGST), reviewed sixteen applications on February 5th.  Direct...


CLST Popular Print Culture Working Group's 1st Meeting of 2015-2016: "Feminist Zines and Print Culture’s Enduring Vitality"; Noon-2 CL-402
The CLST Popular Print Culture Working Group’s first meeting of the year will feature a presentation on “Feminist Zines and Print Culture’s Enduring Vitality.”  Jude Vachon and Marie Skoczylas will discuss the upcoming inaugural Pittsburgh Feminist Zine Fest, reflect on the importance of zines,
Annual CLST Liaisons Meeting in 402-CL Classroom, 12:30-2:30

The recently elected CLST Liaisons will be able to learn about how the CLST program works and be able to ask questions at their annual meeting to be held in the 402-CL Classroom on 23 October 2015.  Program Director Zboray will preside; a light lunch will be served.