Michael J. Kramer works at the intersection of historical scholarship, the arts, digital technology, and cultural criticism. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017). His new research explores the relationship between technology and tradition in the US folk music revival from the early twentieth century to the present; it includes a digital history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which took place on the University of California-Berkeley campus between 1958 and 1970. Future research focuses on the history of arts criticism in the United States and an intellectual history of the anarchist imagination in America. He teaches at Northwestern University, where he co-founded NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory. He also freelances as a dance dramaturg and an editorial consultant. He writes about history, the arts, politics, digital humanities, and other topics for numerous publications and blogs at michaeljkramer.net.

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Writing & Projects

Culture Rover: Promiscuous Cultural Criticism

Issues in Digital History

Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project

The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017)

The Republic of Rock Blog

Unfamiliar Quotations

Photo Journal




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