Teaching Faculty

Marcial Gonzalez - Associate Professor - English
Louise Mozingo - Professor & Chair - Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design
Mark Peterson - Professor - History
Tamara Roberts - Associate Professor - Performance Studies
Scott Saul - Professor - English
Mark Brilliant - Associate Professor - History and American Studies

Born in New York City and raised in Denver, Colorado, Mark Brilliant received his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1989. He then taught social studies at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York from 1990 through 1994, after which he headed to Stanford University, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 2002. Following Stanford, he spent two years at Yale University, the first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders and the second as a lecturer in the history department. He then came to the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 as an assistant professor in history and American studies. In 2010, Oxford University Press published his first book,The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978. It won the Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History and received honorable mention from the Organization ofAmerican Historians for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. He is currently working on book entitled From School Bus to Google Bus: A New Politics, a New Economy, and a New Gilded Age, which examines the relationship between the new (post-industrial, high technology) economy and the new (post-New Deal, post-Great Society, bipartisan neoliberal) politics from the late 1960s through the late 1980s and how they contributed to the rise of the New (or Second) Gilded Age, as it would come to known. Its title alludes to two very different types of buses that represented two very different, but similarly fraught, symbols of their respective heydays that embody two very different conceptions of state capacity and social vision. Its chapters explore the transformations in political economy--and their frequent intersection with public education--that serve as the historical bridge connecting the demise of the school bus to the rise of the Google bus.

Michael Cohen - Senate Lecturer - American Studies and African American Studies

Monday, 12-2
May 22 through June 26 (except for May 29- holiday)

Michael Mark Cohen is Associate Teaching Professor of American Studies and African American Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2004. His writings have appeared in Social Text, International Review of Social History, Radical History Review and Gawker.com. 

David Henkin - Professor - History

David Henkin is Professor of History at Berkeley, where he teaches primarily about popular culture and everyday life in the United States during the nineteenth century. His books include City Reading (1998), The Postal Age (2006), and (with Rebecca McLennan) Becoming America (2014).  He is currently engaged in a study of seven-day rhythms in U.S. history.

Richard Hutson - Professor Emeritus - English
Michel S. Laguerre - Professor and Director - Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology

Michel S. Laguerre, Ph.D., Social Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Professor and Director of the Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting scholar in the anthropology department at Harvard University in 1991-2 and in the program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001-2.

In 1994-5, he held at UC Berkeley the Barbara Weinstock Lectureship on the Morals of Trade. He has published several books including American Odyssey (Cornell University Press, 1984), Urban Poverty in the Caribbean: French Martinique as a Social Laboratory (Macmillan, 1990), The Military and Society in Haiti (University of Tennessee Press, 1993), The Informal City (Macmillan, 1994), Minoritized Space: An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 1999), Diasporic Citizenship: Haitian Americans in Transnational America (Macmillan, 1998), The Global Ethnopolis: Chinatown, Japantown and Manilatown in American Society (Macmillan Press, 2000), Urban Multiculturalism and Globalization in New York City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), The Digital City: The American Metropolis and Information Technology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Diaspora, Politics, and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), Global Neighborhoods: Jewish Quarters in Paris, Berlin, and London (State University of New York Press, 2008), Network Governance of Global Religions: Jerusalem, Rome, and Mecca (Routledge, 2011), Parliament and Diaspora in Europe (NYU European Studies Series, 2013), and The Multisite Nation: Crossborder Organizations, Transfrontier Infrastructures, and Global Digital Public Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

His areas of academic interest include contemporary social theory, information technology, cosmonational diaspora politics, globalization, and global metropolitan studies. His new volume entitled The Postdiaspora Condition is forthcoming.

Margaretta Lovell - Professor - History of Art

Margaretta M. Lovell, the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale and specializes in American and British art, architecture, design, and literature. She is also affiliated with the American Studies and Folklore Programs, and teaches courses on the American Forest, the American House, American Food, the Berkeley Campus, Collecting, Folk Art, and the Arts and Crafts Movement as well as more broad-brush surveys. Her books include prizewinners Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America and A Visitable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists and Writers. She is currently working on a book on the global links of antebellum New England focused on landscape painter Fitz H. Lane. Awards include fellowships, residencies, and grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Terra Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has two daughters, one a physician and the other a biologist.

Greil Marcus - Visiting Professor - American Studies

Thursday, 2:15-3:15pm

photo credit: Ida Lødemel Tvedt

Kathleen Moran - Associate Director - American Studies

Wednesday, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
July 5 through 26

Genaro Padilla - Professor - English
Christine Palmer - Senior Lecturer - American Studies

No summer hours until early August (days and times TBA)

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 a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.  Her research focuses on the interplay between race, visual culture, literature, and cultural memory in twentieth century popular and mass culture.  Recent course offerings include: America, Song by Song; America at Play; The Teen Age; At Home in America; Rebels and Revolutionaries; American Folklore; Frontiers in American History and Culture; The Road in American Culture; The Atomic Age; Research and Writing in American Studies; and The Harlem Renaissance.

Beth H. Piatote - Associate Professor - Ethnic Studies Department, Native American Studies
Leigh Raiford - Associate Professor - African American Studies
Christine Rosen - Associate Professor - Haas Business and Public Policy Group
Alex Saragoza - Associate Professor - Ethnic Studies
Andrew Shanken - Associate Professor - Architecture

Andrew Shanken has taught at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oberlin College. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, U.C. Berkeley, where he teaches courses in architectural history and American Studies. His book, 194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Homefront, examines anticipatory designs for postwar architecture and cities created during World War II. A second book, Into the Void Pacific: Building the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair came out in 2015. He has published widely on the topic of architecture and memory, including "Planning Memory: The Rise of Living Memorials in the United States during World War II,” which won the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize in Art History. A current project called “The Everyday Life of Memorials," examines memorials as part of the ordinary urban environment. His wider academic interests include the unbuilt and paper architecture, visionary architecture and expositions, themed landscapes, heritage and conservation planning; traditions of representation in twentieth-century architecture and planning; keywords in architecture and American culture; and consumer culture and architecture. He is also interested in historiography, particularly of architectural history, and the intersection of popular culture and architecture.

Shannon Steen - Associate Professor - Theater, Dance & Performance Studies
Hertha D. Sweet Wong - Associate Professor - English and Chair of Art Practice