American Studies

Christine Palmer Associate Director - American Studies

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Prof. Palmer will be available for remote advising during the summer. Appointments will open in June.

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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: 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; Imagining the Future; Everyday America; The Teen Age; America, Song by Song (co-taught with Greil Marcus and Kathleen Moran); America at Play; Rebels and Revolutionaries; and The Road in American Culture.

Future course offerings will include: Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Imagining an American Future; James Baldwin’s America, 1953-74; Growing Up: Childhood in American History and Culture (co-taught with Mark Brilliant); and The Good Life (co-taught with Chiyuma Elliott).