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 one-hundred course offerings annually, most extensive cultural studies programs in the US, CLST serves as a site where 193 faculty members and 92 enrolled graduate certificate students from fifteen 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.

Read the papers from 2020's common seminar and colloquium: What is the World's Question? Before and in COVID-19.



The Dietrich School's new Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Jonathan Woon has re-authorized the CLST Fellowship to run again, but has granted, upon Director Zboray's request, that doctoral students in their sixth and seventh year of study may compete for the...

CLST 2050 Common Seminar Topic for Spring 2022 Announced: Signposts of Africana Cultural Memory by Professor Christel N. Temple

The publication of Dr. Christel N. Temple's theoretical study Black Cultural Mythology (2020) introduced updated language to describe African American and African Diasporan investments in memory work, and it introduced a classification of the academic...

CLST Alum Donica O’Malley wins the 2019 Best Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association's American Studies Division
Donica O’Malley, a CLST/GSWS certificate holder who received her PhD in Communication in 2018, has won the 2019 National Communication Association’s American Studies Division Best Dissertation Award for her “From Redheads to Gingers: Othering Whiteness in New...