Biographical Sketch

Catherine A. Stewart is professor of history at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she teaches courses in late nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. social and cultural history, such as The Documentary Imagination during the Great Depression, Public Memory and Public History, Work and Leisure in Modern America, Reel History: The Cold War and American Film, and African American Autobiography. Her research interests include the Federal Writers’ Ex-Slave Project, Zora Neale Hurston, public memory, and the politics of textual and visual representation. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999. She has presented her work at the Northeast Modern Languages Association, the American Association for the History of Medicine, and the University of Houston’s Black History Workshop. Most recently, her work on African Americans’ blues narratives, psychoanalysis, and the Lafargue Clinic appeared in American Quarterly. She is completing her first book project, “Telling Histories: The Federal Writers’ Ex-Slave Project, Race, and Folk Culture during the New Deal,” which examines how 1930s debates over pluralism, race, and the legacy of slavery shaped representations of African American identity in the Ex-Slave Narratives. Currently, she is serving as Chair of the History Department; she has also served as Chair of the Ethnic Studies Program at Cornell College.

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