Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Ronald J. Zboray has been the Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies since January 2013 and a Professor of Communication at Pitt since September 2001.  Before this he was an Associate Professor of History (U.S. Intellectual and Cultural) at Georgia State University, an Assistant of History (U.S. Social and Economic) at the University of Texas at Arlington, and fulltime coeditor of the NEH-funded Emma Goldman Papers: Microfilm Edition at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California at Berkeley.  He received his PhD in American Civilization (U.S. social and cultural history; early American literature; and American silent film) in 1984 from New York University, where he worked under Kenneth Silverman, Thomas Bender, Richard Sennett, William K. Everson, and Ralph Ellison.  His books include A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public (Oxford University Press 1993) and, with Mary Saracino Zboray, A Handbook for the Study of Book History in the United States (Library of Congress, Center for the Book 2000), Literary Dollars and Social Sense: A People’s History of the Mass Market Book (Routledge 2005), Everyday Ideas: Socioliterary Experience Among Antebellum New Englanders (University of Tennessee Press 2006), and Voices without Votes: Women and Politics in Antebellum New England (University Press of New England 2010). They are co-editors of US Popular Print Culture to 1860, vol. 5 of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture (Oxford University Press 2019), covering developments in the U.S. to the Civil War, and have embarked on a multivolume project, funded with a full-year National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2012, The Bullet in the Book, on popular reception of print media across social difference during the American Civil War. They have nearly completed the first volume, Volumes that Save Civil War Soldiers' Lives.  A foretaste of that volume appears in “‘Saved by a Testament’: Books as Shields among Union and Confederate Soldiers,” War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era, ed. Joan Cashin (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018), 75-98. They are now working on another book project, Armless in Civil War America: Disability, Visibility, and Viability, which they have previewed in “Recovering Disabled Veterans in Civil War Newspapers: Creating Heroic Disability,”  Journalism History 45.1 (April 2019), 1-23. 

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