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's New Graduate Student Meet-and-Greet 3-5:30 PM Cathedral of Learning 401

New graduate students are invited to this year's CLST meet-and-greet that takes place under the auspices of the Four Interdisciplinary Programs' (IDP) Welcome Event.

Welcome Back Reception for CLST Faculty & Graduate Students, in Association with GSWS, Jewish Studies, and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program in Cathedral of Learning 401 4-5:30 PM

CLST Faculty and Graduate Certificate students are invited to a welcome back reception with wine and food, that is co-sponsered with GSWS, Jewish Studies,  and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.

Year's 1st CLST-Graduate Student Organization Meeting, 2-3 pm in 402-CL (Library Room)

CLST-GSO President Birney Young invites all students in or interested in CLST to attend his organization's first meeting of the year. Activities for the coming year will discussed and the officers and members present will introduce themselves.