In conversation: Robert Stepto on four decades of teaching at Yale

December 4, 2015

Since 1974, Robert Stepto has taught legions of Yale students in the fields of African American studies, American studies, and English. In October, his distinguished career and his influence on his students — both graduate and undergraduate — were celebrated with a festschrift held in his honor.

Among the numerous positions that Stepto has held in his 40 years here at Yale are: director of graduate studies (DGS) for American studies; chair of theater studies; and chair, DGS, and director of undergraduate studies (DUG) for African American studies. In fact, he was the inaugural DUG for African American studies, a post that was established after the M.A. degree was created in 1978.

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