American Studies

Christine Palmer

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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: 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 […]

Andrew Shanken

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Andrew Shanken is Professor in the Departments of Architecture and American Studies, U.C. Berkeley, and director of American Studies. He is interested in architectural and urban diagrams, unbuilt and paper architecture, the architectural future, international expositions, themed landscapes, heritage and conservation planning; and keywords in architecture and American culture. He is also interested in historiography, particularly of architectural history, and the intersection of popular culture and architecture. His first book, 194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Homefront (U. Minnesota Press, 2009), examines anticipatory designs for postwar architecture and cities created during World […]