nineteenth-century American literature, U.S. Latinx literature, the transatlantic 19c, cultural history, feminist and gender studies, critical race studies, and intellectual history
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The recipient of three teaching awards including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Carrie Tirado Bramen teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature, American 1890s, US Latinx cultural studies, travel writing and creative nonfiction.
She is the author of American Niceness: A Cultural History (Harvard UP 2017), a study of the role niceness has played in configuring a democratic personality that is apparently free from Old World snobbery. From Native American hospitality to feminine niceness and the creation of the personable Jesus, this cultural history of the United States demonstrates the centrality of sociality for thinking about national and political cultures. Her essay, “Niceness in a Neoliberal Age,” appears in Public Culture (May 2018).
Her first book, The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness (Harvard UP 2000), was co-winner of the Thomas J. Wilson prize for best first book published by Harvard University Press.
Bramen has written for the Washington Post, The Conversation, the Black Agenda Report, and the Political Theology Network.
She is currently working on two projects: one an essay entitled “The Psychic Wounds of Misogyny: From Suffrage Literature to Online Harassment” and the second, a book-length cultural history of astrology.
In 2017, she was appointed Director of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at the University at Buffalo (aka the UB Gender Institute). https://www.buffalo.edu/genderin.html
From 2007-2013, she served as Executive Director of the UB Humanities Institute.
She was elected Program Chair of C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2016-2018). https://www.c19society.org/conference
She has received fellowships from the Charles Warren Fellowship at Harvard, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Anne LaBastille Writer-in-Residency at the Adirondack Center for Writing.
Syndicate Network: Book Forum on Kathryn Lofton’s Consuming Religion (Chicago UP 2017). Response from Carrie Tirado Bramen, “Varieties of Religious Experience from Justin Bieber to Beyoncé.”
“Happy Birthday, Mr. Clemens: How Buffalo defined Mark Twain’s Legacy.” Interview with Carrie Tirado Bramen on WBFO.
Black Agenda Report Book Forum: Suzy Hansen's "Notes on a Foreign Country" and Carrie Bramen's "American Niceness"
Carrie Tirado Bramen, “In the DACA debate, which version of America—nice or nasty—will prevail?” The Conversation (February 13, 2018)
Carrie Tirado Bramen, “Americans have always been nice. But is it just a sham?” Washington Post (June 30, 2017)
Thinking Aloud Podcast: Marcus Smith speaks with Carrie Tirado Bramen, a professor of English who has written a cultural history of American niceness. Join them as they discuss the often contradictory nature of national stereotypes.—Original airdate: 10/9/2017 http://www.classical89.org/thinkingaloud/archive/episode/?id=10/9/2017
Bramen named director of UB Gender Institute