Cultural Studies Program

Welcome to the Cultural Studies Website

Cultural Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary academic field that seeks to understand, critique, and transform cultural phenomena. It draws on a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to scrutinize questions of identity, race, gender, class, and community as well as to examine how these areas manifest themselves in different cultural practices; also addressed is the meaning assigned to these variables. By examining the link between power and discourse, cultural studies deals with the representation of these identities, for representation is the vehicle through which knowledge of cultures is acquired. Cultural Studies is considered as the next generation of area studies for those who – instead of focusing on a specific geographical area­-- wish to study the global cultural phenomena with a set of theoretical tools.­

Recent News

CST Events

Upcoming Events:
Bolivia Symposium April 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM Dougherty Hall, West Lounge.

Dr. Abel Lanza Antequera, Professor. of Economics,Universidad Pública de El Alto and Treasurer, Municipal Government, El Alto, Bolivia.

Dr. Josefa Salmón, Rev. Guy Lemieux Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies. Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.
Linda Farthing, co‐author with Prof. Ben Kohl of Evo’s Bolivia. Continuity and Change. in addition to other books.

Teresa Camacho Hull, painter, sculptor, owner of Ars.Natura.Uta  Art Center, Achocalla, Bolivia


Congratulations to the two CST major for obtaining the Fulbright fellowship. Savannah Trifiro will teach English in Indonesia and Brigid connolly in Costa Rica.


Congratulations to Grace Lassiter for a summer with the World Health organization in Venice, Italy


At the Villanova Major's Fair there was intense interest for the Cultural Studies major.

Cultural Studies Week was a Success! It celebrated Food Justice: October 20-23, 2014

CST Week

Congratulations to  our CST major, Karolina Wolnicki, the recipient of the prestigious Boren scholarship for international study and spent the year (2013-14) in Brazil and she obtained an extension for one more semester. She is now in Salvador de Bahía (Brazil) studying at the Universidade Católica do Salvador


Contact Information

Dr. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
SAC 341
Phone: (610) 519-3069

Associate Director:
Dr. Karyn Hollis
SAC 458
Phone: (610) 519-7872

Administrative Assistant:
Ms. Joyce Harden
Villanova University
Office: SAC 277

Phone: (610) 519-4640

Welcome from the Director

Silvia Nagy Zekmi

"[These new programs] will give our students an edge to compete in an increasingly tight market for graduate programs and other forms of intellectual engagements or employment."

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
Director - Cultural Studies Department


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What is Cultural Studies

Stuart Hall

“What [do] cultural changes amount to? [Are] there new emergent cultural forces and tendencies? Above all, how [are] these historical processes to be qualitatively undestood and assessed?

Cultural Studies [is] a set of disciplines addressing relevant issues about contemporary society.”

Stuart Hall, cultural theorist, 
founding figure of British Cultural Studies.