Constantijn Smith is a PhD candidate and Lecturer at the University of Groningen, where he also completed his BA and MA degrees. His doctoral thesis examines the American appropriation of the sinking of Titanic.

American Studies in Europe: Interview with Constantijn Smith, University of Groningen

“No field of study should be mono-disciplinary, and the best way to comprehensively immerse oneself, especially when studying a region and a people, is to approach issues, events and phenomena from different perspectives, and to look for intersections. For example, one cannot simply take (or teach) a class on race without taking into account issues of class and gender. Similarly, since the United States is an immigrant nation with a rich colonial history, traces of which stretch the entire hemisphere, students do not solely study ‘America’, but rather ‘the Americas’.” Continue reading