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Director of the Gender Institute
University at Buffalo
U.S. cultural and intellectual history; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; 19th-century American literature; U.S.-Latinx literature; history of astrology
Carrie Tirado Bramen is an expert on the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. She can speak to media about a broad range of issues in these areas, including topics relating to feminism (such as #MeToo), gender studies and critical race studies.
Bramen’s work as a scholar has focused, in part, on understanding the culture of the United States and the history of “American exceptionalism.” She is author of two books published by Harvard University Press: “American Niceness: A Cultural History,” and “The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness.”
She has also researched and written extensively on a variety of other topics, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, the history of religion in the U.S., and the cultural history of astrology.
Bramen has served as director of the UB Gender Institute, a university-wide research center that promotes research and teaching related to women, gender and sexuality. The institute supports scholarship on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion and place.
Bramen can respond to interview requests in English. She can also respond in writing to questions in Spanish.
Carrie Tirado Bramen, PhD
Director of the Gender Institute, University at Buffalo
Professor of English, University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences