Core Faculty

Maura Jane Farrelly
Maura Jane Farrelly
Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies
Undergraduate Advising Head, American Studies
Office Hours: By appointment

Maura Jane Farrelly, a scholar of colonial and early-American history, is the author of "Anti-Catholicism in America, 1620-1860" (Cambridge University Press). Her current research project, "Compliments of Hamilton and Sargent: A Story of Mystery and Tragedy and the Closing of the American Frontier," uses the lives of three people in Wyoming at the turn of the 20th century to explore the right to be forgotten.

Daniel Breen
Daniel Breen
Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies
781-736-3024 Brown, 322a
Office Hours: By appointment

Daniel Breen is an expert on American law and the history of the early Republic. He teaches courses in American studies and legal studies, including The Legal Boundaries of Public and Private Life; Louis Brandeis: Law, Business and Politics; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Constitutional Debates.

Thomas Doherty
Thomas Doherty
Professor of American Studies
781-736-3032 Brown, 310
Office Hours: By appointment

Thomas Doherty's special interest is American film and culture. As a Fulbright scholar, he has lectured in New Zealand, South Korea, Albania and the Netherlands. His most recent book is "Little Lindy Is Kidnapped: How the Media Covered the Crime of the Century" (Columbia University Press, 2019).

Leah Gordon
Leah Gordon
Harry S. Levitan Director of Education
Associate Professor of Education
781-736-2001 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 217

Leah Gordon holds a joint PhD in history and education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has particular interests in the history of education, intellectual history, the relationship between social science and social policy, and ideas about race, class and inequality in modern America. Gordon's first book, "From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America" (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), received the 2016 Linda Eisenmann Prize from the History of Education Society. Gordon is currently working on "Imagining Opportunity: Education and Equality in Modern America" (under contract with the University of Chicago Press), a history of the idea that schooling can equalize the social and economic structure. She has received awards and fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the American Council of Learned Societies and Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

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Rosalind E. W. Kabrhel, JD
Chair of Legal Studies
Associate Professor of the Practice in Legal Studies
781-736-3027 Brown, 322

Expertise: Attorney. Anti-discrimination law and policy, civil rights, litigation, criminal justice and prison reform, juvenile justice, wrongful convictions, institutional investigations and policy analysis and reform.

Jonathan Krasner
Jonathan Krasner
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research
781-736-2372 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 123
Office Hours: Monday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and by appointment

Jonathan Krasner's research interests include American Jewish history, the history of American Jewish education, and Jewish gender and sexuality studies. His current projects include a volume on Hebrew at Jewish residential summer camps (with Sarah Benor and Sharon Avni), which is forthcoming in 2020, and a history of Jewish day schools in North America.

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Neil Swidey
Journalism Program Director
Professor of the Practice
781-736-3004 Brown, 314

Neil Swidey is a bestselling author, magazine writer and multimedia journalist. Now editor-at-large of the Boston Globe Magazine, Swidey has been a National Magazine Award finalist, an Edward R. Murrow Award winner, an Emmy Award Nominee (New England), and an eight-time winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has won many other national awards, and has been featured in "The Best American Science Writing," "The Best American Crime Writing" and "The Best American Political Writing."

Jerome Tharaud
Jerome Tharaud
Assistant Professor of English
781-736-2140 Rabb 138

Professor Tharaud teaches courses on American literature and culture from the colonial through the contemporary periods. His book, "Apocalyptic Geographies: Religion, Media, and the American Landscape" (Princeton University Press, 2020) explores how 19th-century Americans used the landscape to help understand spiritual life, from the state of their souls to the fate of the globe. His next book project, "Western Salvage: Scarcity and Adaptation in the Modern American West," examines Western literature and art in order to think about how human cultures have adapted to conditions of scarcity (both in terms of material resources like water as well as cultural resources like information), and what lessons that history might offer us for living in an age of climate crisis.

Affiliated Faculty

john burt
John Burt
Paul E. Prosswimmer Professor of American Literature
781-736-2158 Rabb 141
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Brandon Callender
Assistant Professor of English
781-736-3042 Rabb Graduate Center, 130
james mandrell
James Mandrell
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature and Film Studies
Director, University Writing Program
781-736-3215 Rabb Graduate Center 130
Office Hours: By appointment


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Mark Feeney
Lecturer in American Studies
Brown Social Science Center, 326
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5pm, and by appointment
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Jonathan Schroeder
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies
Brown Social Science Center, 321
Office Hours: Thursdays: 1:00-2:30pm

Faculty Emeriti

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Joyce Antler
Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture
Professor Emerita of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Jacob Cohen
Professor Emeritus of American Studies
Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue
Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies (on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund)
Richard Gaskins
Richard Gaskins
Joseph M. Proskauer Professor of Law and Social Welfare
Eileen McNamara
Eileen McNamara
Emerita Professor of the Practice of Journalism
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Stephen J. Whitfield
Max Richter Professor Emeritus of American Civilization