Michael J. Kramer is a historian, writer, teacher, dramaturg, and editor. His work focuses especially on modern United States cultural and intellectual history and he is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013). He teaches history and American studies at Northwestern University, where he is the co-founder of NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory. He has written for numerous publications and blogs about art, history, politics, and more at Culture Rover.
Michael J. Kramer is a historian, writer, teacher, dramaturg, and editor. His work focuses especially on modern United States cultural and intellectual history. 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. His new book-in-progress, This Machine Kills Fascists: Technology and Culture in the US Folk Music Revival, revises understandings of the folk revival as an anti-modernist movement, arguing instead that it offers a hidden history of people grappling with how to live more humanely in an increasingly technocratic society. A related multimedia project (interactive website; traveling exhibition; illustrated catalogue) focuses on the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which ran on the University of California campus from 1958 to 1970. His next book explores the cultural significance of poet, Lincoln biographer, folklorist, and socialist Carl Sandburg. He has also begun to research the career of Chicago dance critic Ann Barzel, and serves as a consultant to the Chicago Dance History Project, which uses oral history and digital technology to document dance in the city and its Midwest surroundings. He has served as a dramaturg for The Seldoms, a contemporary dance theater ensemble, and been an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the New York Times. He is the co-founder of the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and writes about digital topics at Issues in Digital History. He teaches courses in history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement at Northwestern University and blogs at Culture Rover.
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(Oxford University Press, April 2013).
-promiscuous cultural criticism.
The Republic of Rock Book Blog
-thoughts on rock music, the 1960s, and related topics.
Issues in Digital History
-thoughts on digital history and the digital humanities.