Michael J. Kramer works at the intersection of historical scholarship, cultural criticism, the arts, and digital technology. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017). His current book project explores the relationship between technology and tradition in the US folk music revival from the early twentieth century to the present. It is linked to a digital history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which took place annually on the University of California campus between 1958 and 1970, and Kramer is also is engaged in more technical digital history research on image sonification for historical interpretation, machine-learning sound analysis software, and the design of the digital essay. He teaches history and American studies at Middlebury College, where he is Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts. He previously taught at Northwestern University, where he co-founded NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory, and helped to design the Graduate Engagement Opportunities program at Northwestern’s Center for Civic Engagement. Additionally, he works as a dance dramaturg and editor, writes for numerous publications, and blogs at michaeljkramer.net.
Writing & Projects
The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017)