Transnational Americas Studies

This concentration draws connections between migration, identity, culture and economy with a focus on the links that radiate from California to the North American West, the Americas, and their Pacific and Atlantic connections. Research within this theme may encompass any part of the Americas, the Pacific Rim, or the Atlantic World, and may include archaeological, historical and contemporary contexts. We investigate the intersections of race, gender, class, space and cultural production as they dovetail with contests over belonging, boundaries, nations, polities, and citizenship. Rather than a fringe area, Merced and the Central Valley have been critical nodes in layered and overlapping human migrations and interrelated economic, spatial, and cultural transformations during pre-colonial times and since the nineteenth century. UC Merced offers an ideal vantage from which to explore in multidisciplinary ways notions of intersection, power, history, language, migration and movement within California and the Americas, and throughout the Pacific and Atlantic worlds.

Graduate Division

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343


Graduate Group

Graduate Group Chair: Anne Zanzucchi
(209) 228-4173
Graduate Group Chair: Robin DeLugan
(209) 228-4032
Graduate Group Coordinator: Mitch Ylarregui
Phone: (209) 228-4105

Additional Resources

Graduate Resource Center
Graduate Peer Mentor Program
Writing Services
Grad Student Association
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