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Ph.D., Modern Thought & Literature, Stanford, 1994
M.A., Critical Theory, University of Sussex, 1988
B.A. (Honors), English with a minor in Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1987; Somerville College, Oxford (1984-1985).
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 Latino/a cultural studies, travel writing and American Pluralism.
She is the author of American Niceness: A Cultural History (Harvard UP, Fall 2017), a study of the role niceness has played in configuring a democratic personality that is free from Old World snobbery. From Native American hospitality to 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,” is forthcoming in Public Culture (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.
She is currently working on a book about the semiotics of the nineteenth-century sky.
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.
nineteenth-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, cultural history, critical race theory, transatlantic & intellectual history