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“I want to historicize the American Dream for students who are living it.”
Louis Masur is a Professor in the Department of American Studies
Professor
Department of American Studies
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Professor Masur's Story

What exactly the “American Dream” is all about?

It’s a topic that Louis Masur, professor in the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of American Studies at Rutgers, has always thought was so important he developed a signature course to explore the question.

The class has about 170 students and is ethnically and economically diverse, with many immigrants, children of immigrants and some foreign students.

“We’re not just asking, ‘What is the American Dream?’” Masur said. “We’re asking, ‘What is America?’ I want to historicize the American Dream for students who are living it. I want them to engage the world critically instead of passively; I want them to think critically and write analytically.”

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