Alicia Barber, Ph.D., is a writer, historian, and founder of the historical consulting firm Stories in Place. Specializing in the U.S. West, American Cities, and Public History, she collaborates frequently with government agencies, museums, artists, architects, and community groups to create dynamic public history projects about Nevada and its people. For a decade, she taught at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she directed the University of Nevada Oral History Program (UNOHP) from 2009-2013 and steered the creation of the UNOHP’s online database, which launched in May 2013.
Patricia Bradley is now Professor Emerita at Temple University, Philadelphia, after a twenty-year career of teaching, scholarship and administration in the School of Communication. Her books are, Slavery, Propaganda and the American Revolution, Mass Media and the Making of American Feminism, 1963-1975, Women and the Press, and The Making of American Culture, 1900-1920. She makes her home in Sonoma, Ca.
Cynthia Brandimarte holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked at several Texas museums before joining Texas State Parks where she served as historian and Director of its Cultural Resources Program. During the 1990s, she established a Public History graduate program at Texas State University in San Marcos. Continuing to teach adjunct, she rejoined TPWD as Director of the Historic Sites & Structures Program where she works with interdisciplinary teams of architects, planners, curators, biologists, and interpreters. Her books, Inside Texas: Culture, Identity, and Houses, 1878-1920, and Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, have won numerous awards and her articles on cultural history have appeared in the Missouri Historical Review, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture on whose editorial board she currently serves.
Bill Bush graduated with his Ph.D. in American Studies in 2004. While at UT, he taught “Cultural History of American Teenagers” to some of the first undergraduate students to be admitted under the state’s Top 10% law. He has published two books: Who Gets a Childhood?: Race and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century Texas (University of Georgia, 2010); and, Circuit Riders for Mental Health (Texas A&M University, 2016). He is co-editing a volume, Ages of Anxiety: Youth and Governance in Global Perspective, will be published in 2017 by NYU Press. He is currently Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Arts & Humanities at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, a startup campus on the South Side of San Antonio.
Francine Carraro has 22 years of experience as executive director of The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine: and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Shewas also a tenured full professor of art history at Texas State University. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in American Studies from the The University of Texas at Austin; an M.F.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas; and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hendrix College, Arkansas.
Tim Davis is a historian for the U.S. National Park Service. His writings on parks, parkways, and other aspects of the American landscape have appeared in numerous publications including Landscape Journal, Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, and America’s National Park Roads and Parkways: Drawings from the Historic American Engineering Record. He has also taught courses on landscape history, theory, and preservation at the University of Texas, the University of Maryland, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. He received his bachelor’s degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Joel Dinerstein is the author and curator of American Cool, an acclaimed photography and popular culture exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in 2014. He is also the author of an award-winning cultural study of jazz and industrialization, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture Between the World Wars (2003) and the forthcoming cultural history of cool, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (University of Chicago, April 2017). He is an associate professor in the Department of English at Tulane University and its former Director of American Studies. He was the founding Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and served as the James H. Clark Chair of American Civilization. He has also been a consultant on jazz and popular music for Putumayo Records, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and the NEH.
Dr. Stephen Enniss is Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Before his appointment in 2013 he held the post of Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the management of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the largest early modern English collection in North America. Enniss did his undergraduate studies at Davidson College, followed by a library degree from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. He previously served as Director of Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where he was responsible for many major acquisitions, among them the archive of the late Poet Laureate of Britain Ted Hughes, the papers of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, and the archive of Salman Rushdie. Enniss was the principal negotiator of the gift of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a 75,000-volume English language poetry library believed to be among the largest ever assembled by a single collector. In 2002–2003 he held a Leverhulme Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. In 2005 he co-curated the Grolier Club exhibition “No Other Appetite”: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry. He is the recent author of a critical biography of contemporary Irish poet Derek Mahon.
Dwonna Naomi Goldstone received her PhD in American Studies in 2001, and she is a professor of English and coordinator of the African American Studies program at Austin Peay State University. Her dissertation and her book–“Integrating the Forty Acres”–tells the story of racial integration at UT from 1950 to the present. Dwonna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four dogs–Satchel Paige, Butterfly McQueen, Lena Horne, and Ernie Banks–and she spends too much time counseling her students and not enough time writing, though she does have a blog: dwonnaknowwhatithink.com.
Frank H. Goodyear is the co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. Previously a curator of photographs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, he is the author of Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief (2003); Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer (2008); Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845 1924 (2009); A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur’s 1883 Expedition (2013); and, with Joel Dinerstein, American Cool (2014). His current research project concerns photography’s influence on the art of Winslow Homer.
Matt Hedstrom is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at the University of Virginia, and Director of Graduate Studies in Religious Studies at UVA. His 2013 book Rise of Liberal Religion won the Brewer Prize from the American Society for Church History. Before coming to UVA he held postdocs at Valparaiso University and Princeton University.
Dr. Benita Heiskanen is Director of the John Morton Center for North American Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She is the author of The Urban Geography of Boxing: Race, Class, and Gender in the Ring (New York: Routledge, 2012). She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and has since then worked in Ireland, Denmark, and Finland.
Laura Hernández-Ehrisman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of University Studies at St. Edward’s University. She is also serving as the Coordinator for a course called “The American Experience,” a required general education course that is an interdisciplinary survey of American history, with an emphasis on the construction of social identities and marginalized communities. She was part of the committee that recently revised the St. Edward’s University general education curriculum.”
My interest in cultural intersections and public history emerged from early consulting work with educators about school desegregation and Title IX; after finishing the AMS Ph.D., I was director of research for the Handbook of Texas, for which I oversaw the inclusion of women and people of color into the Handbook‘s new edition. I’ve taught women’s history at St. Edwards U. and written or edited books and a number of essays about women’s history, political correctness, and the crossroads between history and literature. I am currently a founding board member of the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History; a general editor of the TAMU Press book series, “Women in Texas History”; the book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly; and have a forthcoming article about the emergence of Texas women’s history from the mythic restrictions of Texas history; I’m married to Al King, an historian, and we live in Austin.
Katherine Feo Kelly is the Senior Director of editorial and brand strategy at Interfolio, a higher education technology company based in Washington DC. Before Interfolio, she was the associate producer of academic and cultural content at ESPN’s Longhorn Network. She received her doctorate in 2013 with an emphasis on design history and 20th-century material consumption.
Carly A. Kocurek is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies and Director of Digital Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and Brenda Laurel: Pioneering Games for Girls (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017), and a developer of serious and educational games, including Choice: Texas, which Paste Magazine called “one of the best games of 2014.”
Charles D. Kupfer is Associate Professor of American Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. He is the author of three books: We Felt the Flames: Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, America’s Story (2004, Sgt. Kirkland’s Press); Indomitable Will: Turning Defeat into Victory from Pearl Harbor to Midway (2012, Bloomsbury); Something Magic: The Baltimore Orioles, 1979-1983 (McFarland, 2016). His interests include Intellectual History, Journalism History, Military/Diplomatic History, Environmental Studies, Sports and Cultural history. He is currently working on books about the arrival of major professional sports in Texas and on General Jonathan Wainwright.
Angie Maxwell (AMST Ph.D. 2008) is the Director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and is the Diane D. Blair Associate Professor of Southern Studies in the Political Science Department at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is the author of The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) which won the V. O. Key Award for Best Book in Southern Politics and the C. Hugh Holman Honorable Mention for Best Book in Southern Literary Criticism. She is currently working on a new book, entitled The Long Southern Strategy, for Oxford University Press.
Maurie McInnis began her appointment as executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin on July 1, 2016. Previously, she served as vice provost for academic affairs and professor of art history at the University of Virginia (UVA). In addition to her role as provost, McInnis has dual faculty appointments in the Department of American Studies and the Department of Art and Art History. She also holds the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities. McInnis is a renowned scholar in the cultural history of American art in the colonial and antebellum south. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between politics and art in early America. She has published extensively on American art history, including four books that earned six awards. Her most recent book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as the Library of Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction. Expanding on the material she discussed in the book, McInnis curatedTo Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade at the Library of Virginia (2015). The exhibition was the most visited showing in the history of the Library of Virginia.
Over thirty years of leading museums has made me ever more appreciative of interdisciplinary American Studies approaches to new topics. Ranch women,cowboy poets, instrument makers, adoberos, iron lung survivors, archivists,presidents, photographers, painters, sculptors, lions and tigers and bears—and oh,yes, tourists. What an expansive world to study! Now back in Austin and embarked on a new venture, Museum Core Consulting LLC.
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Jason Mellard is the Assistant Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, where he also teaches in the Department of History. He is the author of Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture, published by UT Press in 2013.
Raymund A. Paredes is Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and CEO of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dr. Paredes spent most of his academic career at UCLA where for 30 years he taught as an English professor and served for ten years as vice chancellor for academic development. In addition, he served as special assistant to the president of the University of California System in outreach efforts to improve access to higher education for students from educationally disadvantaged communities. Dr. Paredes has served on the national board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters; he also served as a trustee of The College Board and Mercy College of New York, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust. He currently serves on the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In 2007, he was named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.
Maureen Reed, who earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at University of Texas in 2001, teaches writing and serves as the Faculty Liaison for the College Advising Center at Lewis & Clark College. In this capacity, she works with students and faculty advisors to help ensure students’ success at navigating their educational journeys. Before teaching at Lewis & Clark, she taught American Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Portland State University, and (as a Fulbright Lecturer) at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She is the author of A Woman’s Place: Women Writing New Mexico(2004) and continues to teach and write about identity, mobility, and memoir.
Donn Rogosin has had a multifaceted career as a writer, producer, network executive, and head of independent production company: Donn Rogosin Productions. His public television work includes the documentaries, Pearl Buck the Woman Who Embraced the World (1992), There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace (1982), and Satchel Paige: Defying Time. (2008). He produced for the PBS system Fiesta Mexicana, (2007) How to Learn Any Language, (2008) and supervised The Spirit of Brazil (2010). As Vice President of Content Development for WLIW/WNET he brought many programs to public television including Classic American Cars of Cuba, Mariachi Spirit of Mexico, (with Placido Domingo,) He has also served as the President and General Manager of PBS station’s WSWP in West Virginia and WMHT in Albany New York.
Danielle Brune Sigler is Associate Director for Scholarly Programs at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the Ransom Center in 2006, she taught American literature at the University of North Texas and religious studies at Austin College. Sigler is co-editor of the anthology The New Black Gods (Indiana University Press, 2009) and her work has appeared on the New York Times Disunion blog and The Daily Beast. At the Ransom Center, she has curated exhibitions on literary censorship during the interwar years, the King James Bible, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Jonathan Silverman is an associate professor of English and co-director of American Studies at UMass Lowell. He is the author of Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), the co-author of The World Is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking about Culture and Its Contexts, and the co-editor of Remaking the American College Campus (McFarland, 2017). He has served as the Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway.
Carolyn Thomas is Professor of American Studies and Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of two books (Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda, 2010 and The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built The Modern American, 2003), two co-edited volumes Re-Wiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (2007) and Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History (2012)and roughly twenty articles on technology, food, health, and consumption in the U.S. Her individual research has received funding from the Hagley Center for Business and Industry, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the UC Humanities Research Institute. As director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute (2007-2012) she served as a principle investigator for major collaborative grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. In 2011 her history of artificial sweetener in the United States, Empty Pleasures, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and was designated a CHOICE outstanding academic book. She is also the former recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring at UC Davis.
Phil Tiemeyer graduated from UT American Studies in 2007 and began his teaching career at Philadelphia University, during which time he spent two years in-residence at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This Fall, he moved to the History Department of Kansas State University, where he is conducting research on global aviation, feminism, and queer rights for his book, Aerial Ambassadors: National Airlines and US Power in the Jet Age. His first book, Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants (2013), was awarded the John Boswell Prize for best monograph in LGBTQ History and was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
Jan Todd (Ph.D. in 1995), is the co-founder of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas at Austin, which she also co-directs with her husband Terry Todd. Together, she and Terry built the archival collections housed at the Stark Center and personally raised more than $10M to build, and operate, the combination museum/research library that opened in 2008 in the North End Zone of the UT football stadium. Todd teaches in the Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Education where she runs the doctoral program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies, directs Sport Management, and holds the Roy J. McLean Fellowship in Sport History. She has been inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology–the highest honor in her discipline–and was recently elected President of the North American Society for Sport History.
Council Member Kathie Tovo was elected to the Austin City Council on June 18, 2011. Prior to taking office, she taught writing and interdisciplinary studies at the college level and worked at Humanities Texas, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry from the University of California Press, published in 2011. He has written two previous books: Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn Thomas) the collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, Slate.com, openDemocracy.net, BookForum, Columbia Journalism Review, Washington Post, Esquire.com, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Vaidhyanathan has also taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Amsterdam. He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.
David Wharton is Director of Documentary Projects at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is the author of three books of photographs: The Soul of a Small Texas Town: Photographs, Memories, and History from McDade (2000), Small Town South (2013), and The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South (2016). His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and in group exhibitions in Europe and Latin America. His research interests include the rural and small-town South (especially the social and cultural landscapes of such places), the region’s many approaches to spirituality, and tourism in the South.
Allison Wright is the managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She also serves as president of the nonprofit literary organization Writer House and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Overseas Press Club. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.