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.

News

2020 CLST Common Seminar Topic: Terry Smith's WHAT IS THE WORLD’S QUESTION? LONG HISTORIES, CONCURRENT POLITICS

CLST is pleased to announce this year's CLST Common Seminar Theme, WHAT IS THE WORLD’S QUESTION? LONG HISTORIES, CONCURRENT POLITICS.  The course will be taught by Terry Smith, ...

2019 CLST Summer Small Grant Winners

This year CLST is happy to award summer funding to nine CLST certificate students for a wide range of marvelous and promising research projects.  CLST wishes them all well as they travel from Kashmir to Cannes to Oslo to Edinburgh... to NYC, DC, Reno, Atlanta,...

Oxford University Press releases Ron and Mary Zboray's US Popular Print Culture to 1860 in the U.S. and U.K.

Oxford University Press has published Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray's U.S. Popular Print Culture, volume 5 of the Ox...