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, This Machine Kills Fascists, explores the relationship between technology and tradition in the US folk music movement 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, deep mapping, and models for global digital humanities collaboration. He teaches history, American studies, and digital humanities at Middlebury College, where he is Acting Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. In the fall of 2019, he begins an appointment as Assistant Professor in the History Department at SUNY Brockport, outside Rochester, New York.
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. He has also worked as an editor at the website of the New York Times and in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as well as served as a dance and theater dramaturg. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, First of the Month,The National Memo, The Point, Theater, and Newsday, and he blogs at Culture Rover and Issues in Digital History. His website is michaeljkramer.net.