American Studies

Shannon Steen

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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 […]

Hertha D. Sweet Wong

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Hertha D. Sweet Wong is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities. She writes about and teaches autobiography, Native American literatures, ethnic American literatures, and visual studies. Her most recent book is Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, she argues that grappling with the breakdown of identity and representation, late twentieth-century writers and artists experiment with innovative interart autobiographical forms in an attempt to challenge and convey ever […]

David Henkin

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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.

Margaretta Lovell

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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 scholarship has been supported by fellowships, residencies, and research grants from […]

Kathleen Moran

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Kathleen Moran is Senior Continuing Lecturer, Emerita in 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 1980s, 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 […]

Louise Mozingo

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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. 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 […]

Scott Saul

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Scott Saul enjoys writing for both academic and popular audiences. His latest book, Becoming Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, 2014), offers the first deeply researched account of the great performer’s life. More information about the book can be found at Becoming Richard Pryor also has a digital companion at a fully curated, multi-media website that opens up the biographer’s workshop and gives everyone access to the materials Saul has uncovered, over 200 documents from Pryor’s first two decades in Peoria, Illinois. Saul’s interests run to the great cultural watershed that […]

Mark Brilliant

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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 […]

Michael Mark Cohen

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Michael Mark Cohen was born in Denver, Colorado, the child of two public school teachers. He holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University (2004). He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at UCB with a joint appointment in American Studies and African American Studies. His general research and teaching areas cover the cultural and political history of the United States from the Civil War to the Present. Areas of emphasis include racial capitalism and racial formations in the […]