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Barry Shank, Professor

Department of Comparative Studies: http://comparativestudies.osu.edu/

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434 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: shank.46@osu.edu
Phone: 614-247-6186
Fax: 614-292-6707


Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

General Background:
Teaching and Research

American Studies, cultural theory, U.S. cultural history, U.S. popular culture, popular music, capitalism and sentiment.

Trained in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, Barry Shank pursues research in the political agency of music, commercial popular culture and cultural history. His courses provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to investigate the economic and social determinants that shape everyday life and popular pleasure while his graduate courses focus on the complex of theoretical and methodological tools that lay at the heart of interdisciplinary work. His books include A Token of My Affection: Greeting Cards and American Business Culture, (Columbia University Press, 2004) and Dissonant Identities: The Rock'n'Roll Scene in Austin, Texas (Wesleyan University Press, 1994) The Popular Music Studies Reader (Routledge, 2005)(edited with Andy Bennett and Jason Toynbee), and American Studies: A New Anthology (Wiley/Blackwell, 2009)(edited with Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines and Penny Von Eschen). He has published in such journals as American Studies, boundary 2, and Radical History Review, and he has served on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Popular Music.

His current book project is Silence, Noise, Beauty: The Political Agency of Music, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

American Studies
Democratic Theory
Critical and Cultural Theory

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