About the United States Studies

The program in United States Studies stimulates research and reflection on problems in U.S. society, politics, and culture by placing contemporary policy issues in historical, comparative, and global perspective. It seeks to understand the role of the United States as an important node in the transnational circulation of people, goods, and ideas. more

The Latest from the United States Studies

The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the 2013-14 Supreme Court Term

Dialogue Program //
Panelists will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court term and how the modern media cover our nation’s highest court. This event is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education and the Woodrow Wilson Center. more

The Quarterly Report: Is Democracy Worth It?

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Apr 17, 2013
Click here to explore the latest issue of the Wilson Center’s flagship publication, the Wilson Quarterly with the help of its editor, Steve Lagerfeld and contributors Joshua Kucera and Steve McDonald. Also Robert Litwak discusses nuclear proliferation threats to United States and global security. more

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

Event //
April 04, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
McGill University Professor of History Gil Troy leads on expert panel on his latest book, "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism" which explores the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. more

American Muslim Local Officials: Challenges and Opportunities

Event //
March 13, 2013 // 1:30pm5:00pm
When Washingtonians think of U.S. Muslim officials, the names of Representatives Keith Ellison and André Carson come to mind. What may be of greater interest to many people outside the Beltway, however, is the increasing number of local Muslim officials. Join us for a program in which Muslim mayors, city council members and judges will discuss the particular challenges and opportunities facing them today as they seek appointment or election and carry out their responsibilities once in office. more

Educating for Democracy: The Taube Discussion Series on Teaching American Values

Publication //
Mar 05, 2013
What are core American values, and how should they be taught in the nation's classrooms? Four lectures on the subject were presented by the Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, Dr. Donna E. Shalala, Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky, and Prof. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. The lightly edited version of their talks provides thoughts about both basic values and the approaches most likely to be successful with K-12 students. more