Michael J. Kramer
20th-Century U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History, American Studies, Digital History, Digital Humanities, Civic Engagement
Office: Harris Hall #212
Michael J. Kramer (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 2006) holds a visiting assistant professorship at Northwestern University, where he teaches history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement, and he is an editor in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His book, The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and he has written about history, art, culture, and politics for numerous publications. He is the co-founder of the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and is currently developing a multimedia project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival (1958-1970). He is in the early stages of a book on the poet, folklorist, Lincoln biographer, and socialist Carl Sandburg and is also developing a set of essays on the history of size and "scale" in American thought and culture. Additionally, he is involved with the Chicago Dance History Project, an oral history and archival digital documentation of dance in the Chicago region, and he is the dramaturg for The Seldoms Contemporary Dance Company. He graduated from Columbia University and received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He blogs about art, culture, and politics at Culture Rover.