Michael J. Kramer is a historian and digital humanities scholar who also works as a cultural critic, arts journalist, dramaturg, and editor. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press). He teaches at Northwestern University and blogs at michaeljkramer.net.
Michael J. Kramer is a historian and digital humanities scholar who also works as a cultural critic, arts journalist, dramaturg, and editor. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017). His new book-in-progress, “This Machine Kills Fascists”: Technology and Tradition in the US Folk Music Revival, revises understandings of the folk revival as an antimodernist movement, arguing instead that it offers a hidden history of people attempting to live more humanely in a technological society. Part of the project includes an online multimedia history of the Berkeley Folk Music Festival. He is the co-founder of NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and teaches twentieth-century US and transnational history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement at Northwestern. Kramer is on the advisory board for Dancing on the Third Coast: The Chicago Dance History Project, a digital project about dance in the Windy City, and he is on the editorial board of Transculture: Transatlantic Cultural History, 1800-present, a digital exploration of cultural circulation around the Atlantic World. As an editor, he worked in the Department of Design, Publishing and New Media at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at the website of the New York Times. As a dramaturg, Kramer has served as historian-in-residence for The Seldoms, a dance company based in Chicago. As a journalist he has written for numerous publications. He blogs about digital topics at Issues in Digital History and the arts, culture, history, politics, and more at Culture Rover.
(Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2016)