Michael J. Kramer is an assistant professor in the Department of History at SUNY Brockport. He specializes in modern US cultural and intellectual history, transnational history, and public and digital history. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is currently writing a book about technology and tradition in the US folk music movement, This Machine Kills Fascists: What the Folk Music Revival Can Teach Us About the Digital Age. He is also at work on a digital public history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival and the Sixties Folk Music Revival on the US West Coast. In addition to experience as an editor, museum professional, and dance dramaturg, he has written numerous essays and articles for publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, First of the Month, The National Memo, The Point, Theater, Newsday, and US Intellectual History Book Reviews. Kramer blogs at Culture Rover and Issues in Digital History. More information about his research, teaching, and public scholarship can be found at his website, michaeljkramer.net.
Writing & Projects
- This Machine Kills Fascists: What the Folk Music Revival Can Teach Us About the Digital Age
- A study of folk revival engagements with technology across the long twentieth century, currently in progress.
- The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
- Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017.
- Shifting our understanding of the 1960s counterculture, consumerism, American empire, global youth culture, and the nature of democratic citizenship, this book uses new archival sources to reveal how rock music sparked surprising political engagements in its trans-Pacific circulation between San Francisco, the epicenter of the hippie movement, and Vietnam, where the music traveled deep into the theater of war.
Digital & Public History Projects
- Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project
- A multimodal public history of the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, 1958-1970. The project features a digitized repository of over 50,000 artifacts, a multimedia historical narrative, a podcast series, a gallery exhibition, a print catalog, events, and more. It reveals understudied aspects of the folk music revival on the West Coast of the United States that were quite distinctive yet also increasingly linked to an emerging national and international folk revival network.
- Related digital humanities data and culture mapping project: Revising Humbead’s Revised Map of the World.
- Culture Rover: Promiscuous Cultural Criticism
- Glitching for Historical Inquiry
- A digital humanities project to develop new modes of close reading through computational “deformance” of images and sound.
- Issues in Digital History
- Blog on topics in digital history.
- Atlantic World Forum
- An annual digital roundtable and seminar featuring international scholars collaborating and writing in multimedia formats about topics in transatlantic cultural history.