American Studies

David H. Miller

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David H. Miller is a musicologist and performing musician, with a B.A. in music from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in musicology from Cornell University. David‘s research focuses on modernist music, particularly that of Anton Webern, and its performance and reception in the United States. He has published in the Journal of Musicology and Analitica, with forthcoming articles in the Indiana Theory Review, Transposition, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Additionally, David is currently working on a book project centered around Hans and Rosaleen Moldenhauer, two musicians from Spokane, WA who built a massive collection of modernist music manuscripts during the 1960s and […]

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 […]

Bryan Wagner

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Bryan Wagner is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has secondary interests in legal history and vernacular culture. His books include Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009), The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2017), The Wild Tchoupitoulas (33 1/3 Series, Bloomsbury, 2019), and The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the […]

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 […]

Beth H. Piatote

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Beth Piatote is a scholar of Native American/Indigenous literature and law; a creative writer of fiction, poetry, plays, and essays; and an Indigenous language revitalization activist/healer, specializing in Nez Perce language and literature. She is the author of two books: Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature (Yale, 2013), which won an MLA award; and The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint, 2019), which was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and shortlisted for the California Independent Booksellers Association “Golden Poppy” Award. Her […]

Leigh Raiford

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Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she teaches, researches, writes and curates about race, gender, justice and visuality. She is the inaugural director of the Black Studies Collaboratory, a three year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Raiford received her PhD from Yale University’s joint program in African American Studies and American Studies in 2003. Before arriving […]

Christine Rosen

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Christine M. Rosen is an Associate Professor of Business & Public Policy in Haas. She earned a BA in History from Wellesley College, and completed an MA and PhD in History at Harvard University. An expert on the history of American business and leadership of anti-pollution movements and the current struggle to transition to clean energy. Rosen’s current research and interests include: history of business and the environment; business history; green chemistry and sustainable product design from an interdisciplinary perspective; sustainable business strategies. The working title of her current book […]

Andrew Shanken

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Andrew Shanken is Professor in the Departments of Architecture and American Studies, U.C. Berkeley, and director of American Studies. He is interested in architectural and urban diagrams, unbuilt and paper architecture, the architectural future, international expositions, themed landscapes, heritage and conservation planning; and keywords in architecture and American culture. He is also interested in historiography, particularly of architectural history, and the intersection of popular culture and architecture. His first book, 194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Homefront (U. Minnesota Press, 2009), examines anticipatory designs for postwar architecture and cities created during World […]