About CSUS

Centre for the Study of the United States

The Centre for the Study of the United States (CSUS) represents the largest collection of U.S.-focused scholars in Canada, as well as the greatest concentration of U.S. expertise in Canada’s history. With over 66 faculty affiliates, we have an unprecedented strength in U.S. expertise and in American Studies, both institutionally and nationally. CSUS and American Studies bridge the social sciences and the humanities in three major areas of activity: undergraduate teaching, research, and programming for the University community and beyond.

Housed in the Munk School of Global Affairs, CSUS was established in 1999 to build and promote the University’s resources in American Studies and U.S.-focused research and teaching. Our vision is to build on its position as the nation’s premier site of interdisciplinary U.S.-focused research, teaching, and public programming. We bridge the social sciences and the humanities in our work, as well as collaborate closely with scholars in law, business, and public policy. In addition to bridging the social sciences and the humanities, we balance a focus on the U.S. as an object of study with transnational, comparative, and international approaches.

In addition to its vibrant interdisciplinary undergraduate program in American Studies, the Centre boasts many exciting activities such as our graduate student research colloquium; scholarly research talks by academics from all over the world (including our F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Distinguished Speaker Series); the F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies, who spends three weeks on campus and teaches an intensive ‘sprint’ course each year; internships and fellowships; and at least one annual conference. Our undergraduate students also produce a journal of undergraduate research, published annually. For more information about these activities, please navigate the menu bars to your left.

How To Donate to CSUS

If you would like to make a charitable donation to the Centre for the Study of the United States and/or American Studies Program, please go to the following link for additional information:


How To Find Us

The Centre for the Study of the United States is located in the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the corner of Devonshire Place and Hoskin Avenue.

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1 Devonshire Place, Room 327N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7   Canada
phone: (416) 946-8972
email: csus@utoronto.ca
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Twitter: @CSUSUofT


Robert Vipond
Director, Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies Undergraduate Program (to June 30, 2018)
Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto
Ph.D.: Harvard University

Prof. Vipond is interested in political development, especially in Canada and the U.S. This approach spans a variety of subject areas: federalism (Liberty and Community); constitutional theory (“Rights Talk in Canada in the Late Nineteenth Century”); ideational diffusion (“The Civil Rights Movement Comes to Winnipeg”); healthcare (“The Virus of Consumerism”); and the discipline of political science (The Comparative Turn). His new book, Making a Global City: Diversity, Community, and Ideas of Citizenship in a Toronto School, 1920-1990, explores changing ideas of citizenship through the history of a Toronto public school. Research interests include: Constitutionalism; Federalism; Canadian and American Politics; and Political Thought.

Stella Kyriakakis
Events and Program Coordinator
Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies Undergraduate Program
csus@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8972

Stella Kyriakakis is the Events and Program Coordinator for the Centre for the Study of the United States and the American Studies Undergraduate program. She is also the Coordinator for the Fellowship in Global Journalism program at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Stella is the former administrator of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, the Latin American Studies Program, and Executive Assistant to the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, at the University of Toronto. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Specialist degree from the University of Toronto. She has over 20 years experience as a Director/Senior Manager in artist-run centres and film organizations, including Manager of Operations of Graphic Pictures Inc. (documentary films); Director of Art Metropole (one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres); Programs and Publications Coordinator at Gallery TPW/Toronto Photographers Workshop; and Director of the Photon League of Holographers (artist-run centre). Currently, Stella freelances as a copy editor of art publications for various organizations including YYZBooks, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walker Art Center, and edits for various journals and freelance curators internationally.

Alexandra Rahr
CSUS Bissell-Heyd Lecturer (to July 31, 2017)
Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies Undergraduate Program;
Ph.D.: University of Toronto

Dr. Rahr will serve as the first Bissell-Heyd Lecturer in American Studies at CSUS. Dr. Rahr completed her Ph.D. in the Department of English at the U of T. Her dissertation, written under the direction of Professor Andrea Most, examined the genealogy of disaster narratives in American literature and makes a landmark contribution to the growing field of environmental humanities. The newly-created Lectureship position provides stability and continuity in our teaching of American Studies at CSUS. In 2016-17, Dr. Rahr will teach the two core courses in American Studies, as well as two more specialized and thematic courses, one on protest, the other on disasters.

Sara Hughes
CSUS Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science (UTM)

Professor Hughes works on questions of urban politics and climate change in North America.

Jooyoung Lee
CSUS Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Professor Lee studies gun violence, health disparities, and urban poverty in the U.S.

Governance Structure

The program committee consists of Americanist faculty members from the University of Toronto who meet with the Director twice per year to discuss CSUS programming and the undergraduate American Studies program. The composition of the committee is determined by the Director of CSUS. For the academic year 2016-17, members of the Program Committee included the following faculty members:
Kass Banning (Cinema Studies); Jordan Bear (History of Art); Carol Chin (History/International Relations); Matt Farish (Geography); Linda White (Political Science); and Lisa Yoneyama (Asian Institute/Women and Gender Studies); Student Rep: Samantha Odrowaz-Sekely.

The CSUS Director reports to the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, Prof. Randall Hansen (as of June 1, 2017).

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