Research and Teaching

David Aday
David Aday received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas. He specializes in criminology and his work centers on arrangements and consequences of social control. He teaches a graduate/undegraduate seminar in crime and justice in America.
Timothy Barnard
Organized panel: “Anarchists in New York, Tarzan in Berlin, Hemingway at the Bullring:
Foreign Makings of America, 1880-1920s.” Paper: “Spain's Modern Spectacle of Tradition: The Cultural Contradictions of Bullfighting and American Spectatorship Abroad."
Chandos M. Brown
Chandos M. Brown received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University (1987). He specializes in American intellectual and cultural history, literature, history of science, and the history of medicine from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. He is author of Benjamin Silliman: A Life in the Young Republic (Princeton, 1989), which won the Forum on the History of Science in America's prize for "best" book in 1990, and of articles on science and gender in the early republic. He is currently at work on a collection of essays that examine the construction of social identity in antebellum America within the transforming contexts of law, medicine and science.
Maureen Fitzgerald
Maureen Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, has an MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American History, with special emphasis on women, religion, and immigration history. She authored an introduction to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Woman’s Bible (Northeastern University Press, 1993) and is author of the forthcoming Habits of Compassion: Irish-Catholic Nuns and the Origins of the Welfare System (University of Illinois Press). She teaches graduate courses on American religious history, with special emphasis on immigration, race, and religious radicalism. She also teaches courses on African-American Religion, Immigration and Religion, the two-semester survey of American religious history, and freshman seminars on women and religion in America, and God and the Protest Novel. She is currently researching and writing on the historical process of secularization in 20th century America, with emphasis on the body, work, and the transformation of categories of soul and self. She is also the current Director of the American Studies Program.

Grey Gundaker
Grey Gundaker received an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Yale University. She is the author of Signs of Diaspora / Diaspora of Signs: Literacy, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America, and (with Judith McWillie) No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yards (forthcoming); and editor of Keep Your Head to the Sky: Interpreting African American Home Ground. Her teaching interests include material culture, religion, arts, and education in the African diaspora; West and Central African arts and religions; the Applachian south; as well asl theory and method in cultural studies and anthropology. Her research investigates literacy and self-publication in African America; and sacred landscape in African and the diaspora.
Arthur Knight
African Americans and U.S. Cinema (and Popular and Mass Cultures more generally); Film and Music; Reception Study
Charlie McGovern
Prof Charlie McGovern was educated at Swarthmore College and Harvard University.  HIs interests include  modern American history, 20th century  popular culture; popular music; the culture of American capitalism, especially consumerism; formations of American nationalism and transnationalism, citizenship, race and ethnicity;  history of American media, oral history, and modern material culture. He has written Sold American: Consumption, and Citizenship, 1890-1945 (University of North Carolina Press,  2006).  He co-edited the collection Getting and Spending: Twentieth Century European and American Consumer Societies (Cambridge University Press, 1998).  He is at work now on a book tentatively titled Only in America: Race, Citizenship and Popular Music, 1930-1977. He has written essays on the politics of folk and popular culture, the electric guitar, Woody Guthrie, advertising, and other subjects.  Before coming to William and Mary in 2003, he was a curator of American culture at the National Museum of American HIstory, Smithsonian Institution, where he curated or co-curated many exhibits, most notably Rock & Soul: Social Crossroads (2000 - ) and "This is Your Childhood, Charlie Brown": Children and American Culture 1945-1970.  He co-edits a new series for Duke University Press, Refiguring American Music   
Leisa Meyer
Gender and sexuality studies/history, U.S. women's history, popular culture, and cultural history.

Robert Scholnick
Robert Scholnick specializes in American literature, literature and science, and history of the book. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He recently edited American Literature and Science (1992). The founding president of the Research Society for American Periodicals, he has published widely on nineteenth-century American periodicals. He is currently investigating the reception of evolutionary theory in Britain and America is the decades before Darwin. He is the founding director of William & Mary's American Studies program.
Alan Wallach
Alan Wallach received his Ph.D. in art history in 1973 from Columbia University. His research interests include nineteenth-and twentiety-century American art, the history of art institutionsin the United States, and the historiography of the history of American art. An early advocate of the "new art history" and critical museum studies, he is the author of "Thomas Cole and the Aristocracy" (Arts Magazine 1981; republished in Reading American Art, Yale, 1998), and co-author with Carol Duncan of "The Museum of Modern Art as Late Capitalist Ritual" (Marxist Perspectives 1978) and "The Universal Survey Museum" (Art History 1980). In 1994, he was co-curator with William Truettner of Thomas Cole: Landscape into History which was seen at the National Museum of American Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Brooklyn Museum. He was also co-editor with Truettner of the accompanying catalogue (Yale University Press and the National Museum of American Art) and author of the catalogue's principal essay, "Thomas Cole and the Course of American Empire." In 1998 his book Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States was published by University of Massachusetts Press. Since then he has written essays on a range of topics including the Norman Rockwell Museum, the art historian Oliver Larkin, and Thomas Cole's River in the Catskills as antipastoral (Art Bulletin, June 2002). He is currently working on a book on landscapee and vision in the Early Republic. From 1996 to 2000, Wallach was an elected member of the board of directors of the College Art Association. He was a member of the American Quarterly's Board of Managing Editors from 2000-2003.
M. Lynn Weiss
M. Lynn Weiss, Associate Professor of English and American Literature, received her doctorate from Brandeis University in 1992. Weiss is the author of Gertrude Stein, Richard Wright: The Poetics and Politics of Modernism (1998), has written introductions to, The Jew of Seville and The Fortune Teller by Victor Séjour, (2000) and wrote the introduction and edited, Creole Echoes: The Francophone Poetry of Nineteenth-Century Louisiana(2003). Offers courses on African America literature, American ethnic literature. Interests include race, ethnicity, transnationalism, multilingualism.