Jack Hamilton joined the Media Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014 and has a joint appointment with the American Studies program. He is a cultural historian who studies sound, media, and popular culture. His current book project, forthcoming from Harvard University Press, focuses on the transatlantic interplay of popular music and racial thought during the 1960s, and explores how rock and roll music moved from an interracial form to being widely understood as a "white" one by the end of the decade.
Marlene L. Daut specializes in early and nineteenth-century American and Caribbean literary and cultural studies. Her book, Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (Liverpool University Press), examines the connection between 18th- and 19th-century scientific debates about race and the Haitian Revolution in U.S. American, Haitian, and European colonial literatures.
David Singerman is a historian of science, technology, the environment, and American capitalism. He received his PhD in 2014 from MIT's program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, where his research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. David's dissertation, "Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930," was awarded prizes in 2015 for the best dissertation in business history in both the U.S.
Lisa Goff joined the American Studies faculty in the fall of 2012 and has a joint appointment with the Department of English. A cultural historian who studies the American landscape, she teaches classes in cultural landscapes, public history, theories and methods of American Studies, the history of journalism, and gender and social media. She recently launched a new digital history project, Take Back the Archive, dedicated to the history of sexual violence at the university.
Anna Brickhouse joined the UVA faculty in 2005 and currently serves as Director of the Program in American Studies. She teaches and writes about nineteenth-century U.S. literature, and literary cultures of the Americas more broadly. Her first book, Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere (Cambridge 2004), was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools as well as Honorable Mention for the ASA’s Laura Romero prize.
Lawrie Balfour is a political theorist who studies race, gender, democracy, and literature with a focus on African American political thought. She is especially interested in investigating the relationship between the legacies of slavery and democratic possibilities in the U.S. The author of two books—The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell) and Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford)—she is currently writing a book about reparations.