Professor of American Studies


Susan Smulyan is Professor, Department of American Studies, at Brown University and recently stepped down as the Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.  She is the author of Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting and Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century, and co-editor (with Kathy Franz, NMAH, Smithsonian) of Major Problems in American Popular Culture. Most recently, she edited a collection, Doing Public Humanities (Routledge, 2020) which features essays by scholar/practitioners writing case studies from disruptive events to websites, from tours to exhibits, from after school arts programs to archives, giving readers a wide-ranging look at the interdisciplinary practice of public humanities

She has regularly taught courses in public humanities, including the Methods in Public Humanities class, as well as courses in American cultural history, American advertising, and the public sphere.  As Director of the Center for Public Humanities, she ran an MA Program in Public Humanities and collaborated with a range of community partners on projects including Rhode Tour, a set of stories about Rhode Island.  She is a past board chair of New Urban Arts, a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Professor Smulyan has held appointments and fellowships at Fudan University, Shanghai; University of Melbourne; the Australian National Film and Sound Archives; and the Advertising Education Foundation; and received grants from the National Science Foundation; and the American Studies Association.


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