Teaching Faculty

Marcial González - Associate Professor - English

Marcial González received a B.A. in English from Humboldt State University in 1992, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Utah in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 2000. He is the author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification (U Michigan, 2009), and is currently writing a book on representations of migrant farm laborers in Chicana/o literature.  His current research and teaching interests include Chicana/o literature, migrant and immigrant literature, farm labor social movements, and Marxist literary theory. He also recently co-convened a faculty working group entitled “Critical Prison Studies in an Age of Mass Incarceration” at the Townsend Center for the Humanities. Professor González is the recipient of research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Louise Mozingo - Professor & Chair - Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design

Louise Mozingo is Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She is a member of the Graduate Group in Urban Design of the College of Environmental Design and the former Director of the American Studies program of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She was named a Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2017. A former Associate and senior landscape architect for Sasaki Associates, Prof. Mozingo joined the department after a decade of professional practice. In 2009 she became the founding director of a research interdisciplinary team at the College of Environmental Design, the Center for Resource Efficient Communities (CREC) dedicated to supporting resource efficiency goals through environmental planning and urban design. www.crec.berkeley.edu

Mark Peterson - Professor - History

Mark Peterson teaches and writes about colonial America and the American Revolution. His specialty is Boston and New England. He is completing a book for Yale University Press titled The City-State of Boston: A Tragedy in Three Acts, 1630-1865. His earlier works include The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England (Stanford, 1997), as well as numerous articles and essays. He edits a regular column, "Common Reading," in the on-line journal of early American history Common-place.org. Peterson's scholarly interests include the history of ideas about economic life, and the nature of community formation in the early modern Atlantic

Tamara Roberts - Associate Professor - Performance Studies

I am a scholar, teacher, and artist devoted to exploring the aesthetic, political, and spiritual potential of performance. My research investigates the connections between sound and social identities, centering on marginalized histories of popular and folk music in the Americas. Specific interests include: interracial musical collaboration, music of enslaved Africans in the U.S. and Caribbean, intercultural percussion performance, women’s drumming communities, diasporic connections in African American and Afro-Caribbean folkloric traditions, queer and trans popular music making, and the technology and politics of spiritual musical practice. In all, my work engages how music is used to construct individual identities and communities--often of seemingly disparate individuals--while at the same time holding the potential to render our lives more complexly than static labels of race, gender, sexuality, etc. I also work as a composer, sound designer, and performer in music, theater, dance, and film. More details on my website.

Scott Saul - Professor - English

I enjoy writing for both academic and popular audiences. My latest book, BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR (HarperCollins, 2014), offers the first deeply researched account of the great performer's life. More information about me and the book can be found at www.scott-saul.com.

BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR also has a digital companion at www.becomingrichardpryor.com: a fully curated, multi-media website that opens up the biographer's workshop and gives everyone access to the materials I've uncovered — over 200 documents — from Pryor's first two decades in Peoria, Illinois.

My interests run to the great cultural watershed that was modernism in the arts -- whether it took the form of William Carlos Williams's poetry, Charlie Chaplin's films, or Duke Ellington's music -- and to the starburst of creative activity that has followed up to the present. I'm especially interested in the connections between 20th-century artistic movements and 20th-century social movements — or, on the individual level, how particular artists are catalyzed by the history they are living through.

I generally teach courses in 20th-century American literature and cultural history, ranging from "The Culture of the Cold War" and "The Seventies" to "Fictions of Los Angeles," "American Avant-Gardes" and "Race and Performance in the 20th-century U.S.".

I also am host of "Chapter & Verse," a books-and-arts podcast. Please visit www.chapterversepod.com to listen to an episode or find out more about the show.

Jessica Kenyatta Walker - Lecturer - American Studies

Spring 2018:
Wednesday 9:30am-11:00am, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm

Jessica Kenyatta Walker’s research bridges the fields of African American material culture, Black feminist theory, and cultural landscape theory. Her current research project explores the genealogies of Black cultural products like soul food and how their articulations rely on complex figurations and performances of Black womanhood, citizenship, health, domesticity, and racial authenticity. Her work has appeared in the Food and Foodways series at The University of Arkansas Press, Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies, and Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. Jessica was the 2015-16 Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies and American Studies at Kenyon College. She received her PhD in American Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from The University of Maryland, College Park. 
Jon Winet - Visiting Professor - American Studies and History of Art

Visiting Professor Jon Winet is an artist and professor in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Media | Social Practice | Design Area Intermedia Program. He directs Iowa’s Public Digital Arts Faculty Cluster Initiative.

His current research includes “AIDS Quilt Touch,” the digital expression of the 1.4 million square feet AIDS Memorial Quilt; and "Our Las Vegas,” a cultural animation project. He recently directed “Power 2016,” a multimedia journalism project focusing on the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, working with writer and cultural critic David Levi Strauss and photographer Allen Spore.

 He is in early research on the restaging of 1997 and 1998 interactive projects for public screens with fellow Xerox PARC alumni Anne Balsamo, Dale MacDonald, Margaret Crane, Scott Minneman, and with J.D. Beltran.

Recent collaborative media projects, installations and exhibitions have been presented at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY); La Mama Gallery, New York, George Mason University Fine Art Gallery (Fairfax, Virginia); Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR); Detroit Art Market; 2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival (Las Vegas, NV); and the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and American University Museum of Art (Washington, D.C.).

 He serves on the advisory boards of Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Transformer Gallery (Washington, D.C). He also holds a fellowship at Provisions Library in Washington, D.C.

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 - Associate Teaching Professor - American Studies and African American Studies

No Summer 2018 advising hours

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

Richard Hutson is interested in the history of American literature and culture (popular culture, history, film) from the Civil War to the Great Depression, with special interest in the American realist novel. He is working on a project analyzing writings from the cattle trade after the Civil War (histories, novels, diaries, letters, memoirs, autobiographies, films).

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

photo credit: Ida Lødemel Tvedt

Greil Marcus was born in San Francisco and earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from UC Berkeley where he also did graduate work in political science. He has been a rock critic and columnist for Rolling Stone (where he was the first reviews editor, at $30 a week) and other publications, including Creem, the Village Voice, and Art Forum. 

Kathleen Moran - Associate Director - American Studies


Wednesday, 6/20, 11-1
Wednesday, 6/28, 11-1
Wednesday, 7/5, 11-1
Wednesday, 7/11, 11-1
Wednesday, 7/25, 11-1

Also available by appointment.


Kathleen Moran is Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the American Studies Program, an interdisciplinary major which draws on courses and faculty from over 20 departments in Letters and Sciences and in the Professional Schools and Colleges at UCB.  Among other topics, she has taught American Studies courses on the 1980’s, 1939, advertising, theme parks, Los Angeles, and Food in American Culture.  She also teaches various versions of “Discovery” Courses for the College of Letters and Sciences—most recently on “Hollywood” the place, the industry and the fantasy.

Moran did her undergraduate work in Philosophy and Political Science and received her Ph.D. in Political Theory from UC Berkeley.  She served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies from 1985 to 1995, and was one of the founders and first Directors of American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Moran has been involved in numerous efforts to improve undergraduate teaching, and in l994 she received Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award, considered the highest honor the faculty can bestow on one of its members. 

Moran has written about 19th and 20th century American political thought, and her research during the last decade has been focused on consumerism and American popular culture. 

Genaro Padilla - Professor - English

Genaro Padilla recently published a study of a 17th century Spanish colonial epic titled The Daring Flight of My Pen: Cultural Politics and Gaspar Perez de Villagra's La Historia de la Nueva Mexico, 1610 (University of New Mexico Press) that provides a reading of a 12,000 line poem within a context that considers the problematics of contemporary cultural representations of the first encounter between Spain and indigenous people in what is now the state of New Mexico.


Christine Palmer - Lecturer - American Studies

No Summer 2018 advising hours

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, Native American Studies

Beth H. Piatote's current book project, building on her recent monograph Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship and Law in Native American Literature (Yale 2013), explores the ways in which Native American writers have drawn upon sensory representations such as sound and synesthesia to produce a distinct legal imaginary that contests settler-colonial incursion and affirms indigenous politics and aesthetics.

Leigh Raiford - Associate Professor - African American Studies

Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1994 and her PhD from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and American Studies in 2003. Before arriving at UC Berkeley in 2004, Raiford was the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies.

Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and is co-editor with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Quarterly, History and Theory, English Language Notes, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art; as well as the edited collection Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (Harry N. Abrams Press, 2003), a history of race and photography in the United States.

Christine Rosen - Associate Professor - Haas Business and Public Policy Group

Current Research and Interests

  • History of business and the environment
  • Business history
  • Green chemistry and sustainable product design from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Sustainable business strategies
  • Book project: Mindsets and Movements: A History of America’s Early Struggles with Industrial Pollution, 1840 – 1900 (working title)
Alex Saragoza - Associate Professor - Ethnic Studies

Bio & Research Interests

Reaganism and its repercussions for Mexicans in the USA; research being conducted at the Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, Calif. Initial research report presented at the conference of Latin American Studies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2009. Tourism as a means to examine changes in the national imaginary of Mexico and Cuba in the neoliberal era; research being conducted on tourist development on the Pacific region of Mexico and on Havana, Cuba. Essay on tourist development in Baja California to appear this fall in a collection titled Holiday Encounters (Duke University Press).

Andrew Shanken - 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

Shannon Steen writes and teaches about race and performance, primarily in the intersection of the African American and Asian American worlds.  She is the author most recently of Racial Geometries: The Black Atlantic, Asian Pacific, and American Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; part of the Studies in International Performance Series), and is co-editor of AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics (New York University Press, 2006).  She has published articles in Theater Journal as well as Essays in Theater/Études Théâtrales.  She is currently at work on her new project ReOrientations: California and the Performance of Cultural Location.  Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, she taught for the M.F.A. acting program at A.C.T. in San Francisco, and in the English Department at Northwestern University.

Hertha D. Sweet Wong - Associate Professor - English and Chair of Art Practice

Hertha D. Sweet Wong is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of English and Chair of Art Practice. She writes about and teaches autobiography, Native American literatures, ethnic American literatures, and visual studies. Her book, entitled Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text, is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press. Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, she argues that grappling with the breakdown of identity and representation, late 20th-century writers and artists experiment with innovative interart autobiographical forms in an attempt to challenge and convey ever contingent and shifting identities.  The project examines the vexed topic of late 20th-century American subjectivity, shaped by history, culture, place, and community, as it is represented in a variety of image-text forms: story quilts, artists' books, comic books, experimental autobiographies, word paintings, illustrated memoirs, and photo-auto/biographies. Such visual-verbal self-narrations provide a formal interart focus for examining questions about the possibilities of self-representation and self-narration, the boundaries of life writing, and the relationship between image and text.

She is also the author of Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography (Oxford UP, 1992) as well as numerous articles on Native American literatures, autobiography, visual culture, and environmental non-fiction. She is editor of Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”: A Casebook (Oxford UP, 2000).  With Jana Sequoya Magdaleno and Lauren Stuart Muller, she is co-editor of Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women (Oxford UP, 2008) and with John Elder, co-editor of Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from around the World (Beacon, 1994).