Michael J. Kramer is a historian, cultural critic, dramaturg, and editor. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013). His new research focuses on the history of technology in the US folk music revival. He is also at work on a set of essays about intellectuals and the counterculture and a history of arts criticism in America. He teaches history, American studies, civic engagement, and digital humanities at Northwestern University, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor. Co-founder of NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory, he blogs about digital topics at Issues in Digital History. Since 2012, Kramer has served as dramaturg and historian-in-residence for The Seldoms, a dance company based in Chicago. He is also on the advisory board for Dancing on the Third Coast: The Chicago Dance History ProjectKramer has written for numerous publications and blogs about art, culture, history, politics, and more at Culture Rover.

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Culture Rover – Promiscuous Cultural Criticism

The Republic of Rock Book Blog

Issues in Digital History

Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project Blog


The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture 

(Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2016)


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