Dr. Paul Hirsch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin. He is finalizing his book, Pulp Empire: Comic Books, Culture, and U.S. Policymaking at Home and Abroad, for the University of Chicago Press.
Since receiving his Ph.D. in History he has translated his scholarship into practice through an expansive digital mapping project based on his book, and published portions of his work in professional journals. His article in the Pacific Historical Review received the American Historical Association’s Jackson Prize for best first scholarly publication. He has also earned long-term support from organizations including the National Science Foundation, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and New York University’s Center for the U.S. and the Cold War.
Dr. Hirsch has achieved these goals while navigating the world as an amputee, and this experience inspires his current research. This website provides a snapshot of his research interests, published work, and digital mapping project of America’s “Pulp Empire.” He welcomes the opportunity to correspond with others interested in cultural and diplomatic history, and invites you to email him here.