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.


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...
Former CLST Fellowship Awardee María Lis Baiocchi wins Sylvia Forman Graduate Prize of the Association for Feminist Anthropology

CLST is pleased to announce that María Lis Baiocchi has won the 2019 Sylvia Forman Graduate Prize, awarded by the Association for Feminist Anthropology, for her paper, “The Bargaining Power of Love: Access to Rights, Affective Capital, and the Political Economy...

CLST Crosslists 40 Spring Seminars including Terry Smith's Common Seminar: HAT IS THE WORLD’S QUESTION? LONG HISTORIES, CONCURRENT POLITICS

CLST is pleased to present its 40 crosslisted courses for Spring 2020 (click here).  Of special note is this year's CLST Common Seminar, WHAT IS...


Fall Crosslist Request Due 4 PM 20 March 2020

Once again, the Graduate Program for Cultural studies cordially invites requests for crosslisting from any Pitt faculty member giving a graduate course in Fall 2020.