American Studies

Christine Palmer

Associate Director - American Studies

Office Hours

Spring 2024

Drop-in in-person meetings (253 Evans):

  • Thursdays, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Virtual meetings by appointment (via Zoom):

If you need to make a different arrangement, please email
Summer 2024
Office hours in July: TBA. Please back here in June.

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: Going Nuclear! (co-taught with Mark Brilliant); American Media and Culture since WWII; James Baldwin’s America, 1953-74; The Future Then: Imagining American Tomorrows; “I’ll Be There for You”: Friendship in America (co-taught with Sarah Gold McBride); Love, American Style; Explosive Ideologies: American Culture in the Atomic Age; At Home in America (co-taught with Kathleen Moran); Harlem Renaissance (co-taught with Bryan Wagner); Frontiers in American History and Culture (co-taught with Mark Brilliant); Standing in a Crooked Room Speaking God’s Language: Memory, Creation, and Fiction (honors seminar); Everyday America; The Teen Age; America, Song by Song (co-taught with Greil Marcus and Kathleen Moran); America at Play; and Rebels and Revolutionaries (honors seminar).

Spring 2024 course offerings: The Teen Age and The Good Life

Future course offerings will include: Culture and Society in Classical Hollywood Cinema (co-taught with Bryan Wagner).

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