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Joshua Brown <email@example.com>
American Social History Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York
|Address:||American Social History Project
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7301.09
New York, New York 10016
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Art and Art History
Ethnic History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
Executive Director, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Co-director, New Media Lab, Graduate Center, CUNY
Creative Director, ASHP/CML, 1981-98
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1993. "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper: The Pictorial Press and the Representation of America, 1855-1889."
Master of Arts in American History, Columbia Univ., 1976. Master's Thesis: "The 'Dead Rabbit'-Bowery Boy Riot: An Analysis of the Antebellum N.Y. Gang."
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, City College of N.Y., 1975.
Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (University of California Press, forthcoming 2002). [To be published simultaneously in electronic format as part of the American Council of Learned Societies’ History E-Book Project.]
visual editor, Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society (Pantheon, 1990, 1992; new edition, Worth, 2000)
"'A Spectator of Life--A Reverential, Enthusiastic, Emotional Spectator,'" American Quarterly (1997)
"Reconstructing Representation: Social Types, Readers, and the Pictorial Press, 1865-1877," Radical History Review (1996)
visual editor, America's Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry into the Civil War and Reconstruction (New Press, 1996)
co-editor, History from South Africa: Alternative Visions and Practices (1991)
"Of Mice and Memory," Oral History Review (1988)
"Visualizing the Nineteenth Century: Notes on Making a Social History Documentary Film," Radical History Review (1987)
Selected art publications:
Cover art, New Labor Forum (Fall/Winter 2000).
Logo, The Gotham Center for New York City History, Graduate Center, CUNY. 1999.
Cover photo, Judy Hilkey, Character is Capital: Success Manuals and Manhood in Gilded Age America (University of North Carolina Press, 1997).
Masthead, SAWSJ Links, newsletter of Scholars, Artists and Writers for Social Justice, 1997.
Comic strip review of recent New York historical fiction, Radical History Review (1995).
Comic strip, "The Pueblo Uprising of 1680," Scholastic Search Magazine (1993).
Maps and diagrams, David Halle, Inside Culture: Art and Class in the American Home (University of Chicago Press, 1993).
Comic strip, "Adventures in the Skin Trade," Radical History Review (1984-89).
Design, The Africa Fund, 1987 Annual Report, American Committee on Africa, 1988.
Cover design, American Quarterly, journal of the American Studies Association
Cartoons, Labor Against Apartheid, newsletter of the New York Area Labor Committee Against Apartheid [also distributed by Impact Visuals] (1987-90).
co-executive producer/co-director, Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs and Empire (1995)
producer/co-director/art director/writer, Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl (1993)
producer/art director/co-writer, A House Divided (1990)
art director/co-writer, 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation (1985).
Selected digital media:
2002 The Hungry Eye [excerpt of an illustrated novel about 19th century New York], Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life (http://www.common-place.org) (January-May 2002).
"The Past Impaneled," Common-place, 1:3 (April 2001) – http://www.common-place.org (interactive Web review)
co-producer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (CD-ROM, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001).
executive producer, The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum American Society and Culture – http://web.gc.cuny.edu/ashp/lost museum (Web site, 2000-present).
creative director, History Matters: The U.S. History Survey on the Web – http://historymatters.gmu.edu (Web site, 1998-present)
co-author, Who Built America? From the Great War of 1914 to the Dawn of the Atomic Age (CD-ROM, Worth, 2000)
visual editor, Who Built America? From the Centennial Celebration of 1876 to the Great War of 1914 (CD-ROM, Voyager, 1993)
Work in progress:
co-director, Virtual New York, a gateway Web site on New York City history, including the digitization and annotation of Old York Library collection now housed at
The Graduate Center, CUNY.
writer/co-director, Gay New York, feature-length documentary based on George Chauncey’s book (planning grant from New York Council for the Humanities).
guest curator, Whose Eye Is It, Anyway? William F. Cone, Commercial Photographer, and the People and Places of Newark, 1895-1966, New Jersey Historical Soc. exhibit.
member of delegation, Assn of American Publishers International Freedom to Publish Committee, Jakarta, Indonesia. Participated in "Experiments in Freedom" seminar with Indonesian writers and interviewed publishers, writers, scholars, and jurists about censorship and free expression, 1996.
Instructor, workshop on educational comic books, South African Council for Higher Education Development. Ran two-day workshop for largest anti-apartheid education program in South Africa on comic-book techniques in teaching
history and literacy, 1990.
Instructor, History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Taught historians, trade unionists, community activists, and alternative educators techniques of audio-visual presentation in a series of workshops, and advised production of a pilot slide/tape production, funded by the Ford Foundation, 1986.
Selected grants and awards:
Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New York Award for Innovative Use of Archives, for The Lost Museum Web site, 2000.
National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Citation for History Matters Web site, 1999.
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 1997
American Historical Association James Harvey Robinson Prize for Who Built America? CD-ROM, 1994
Columbia University Bancroft Dissertation Award, 1993
American Historical Association John E. O'Connor Award, Chicago Film Festival Silver
Hugo for Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, 1993 Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 1992