American Studies

Alexander Benjamin Craghead

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Alexander Benjamin Craghead holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He also completed an MS in Architecture at Berkeley, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Marylhurst University. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, representation, and landscape, and he has written extensively about urban renewal, city planning, transportation technologies and photography. Additionally, he is a curator, photographer, essayist, and public historian whose work has appeared in several regional and national publications, notably Boom: A Journal of California, California History, Railroad […]

Sarah Gold McBride

Sarah Gold McBride (she/her) is a historian who specializes in the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States. Her research and teaching focus on the lives of ordinary Americans: the communities they lived in, the books and newspapers they read, the plays and museums and freak shows they attended, the art and science they created, and the information they found meaningful as they tried to understand race, gender, and national identity. Dr. Gold McBride’s first book, Whiskerology, examines the culture of hair in nineteenth-century America. Whiskerology is under contract with Harvard University Press. A graduate […]

Christine Palmer

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Christine Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed a Master’s in Anthropology at UC Berkeley and an AB in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Palmer’s research and teaching focus on the interplay between race, visual culture, literature, and cultural memory in twentieth-century popular and mass culture. Recent course offerings include: The Teen Age; The Good Life; Going Nuclear! (co-taught with Mark Brilliant, History and American Studies); American Media and Culture since WWII; James Baldwin’s America, 1953-74; The Future Then: Imagining […]

Michael Mark Cohen

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Michael Mark Cohen was born in Denver, Colorado, the child of two public school teachers. He holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University (2004). He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at UCB with a joint appointment in American Studies and African American Studies. His general research and teaching areas cover the cultural and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the Present. Areas of emphasis include racial capitalism and racial formations in the […]