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Curriculum Vitae

Paul Hirsch, Ph.D.
The Institute for Historical Studies
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
617-680-0030
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EDUCATION

2020    (Expected) Texas Tech University, Graduate Certificate, Digital Humanities and Book History

2013    University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in History

  • Dissertation: Pulp Empire: Comic Books, Culture, and U.S. Policymaking at Home and Abroad, 1941-1955
  • Fields: U.S. and the World, 20th Century U.S. History, 20th Century European History, History of Science and Technology

2007    University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in History

1997    Tufts University, B.A. in History, Minor in Political Science

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2018    Pulp Empire: Comic Books, Culture, and U.S. Policymaking at Home and Abroad, 1941-1965, in press at the University of Chicago Press

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2017    “Rebuilding The American Man: Images of Disability, Amputation, and Prostheses in American Popular Visual Culture, 1945-1955,” Technology & Culture, in process

2016    “Waging War Through the ‘Picture Technique’: American Propaganda Comic Books in Latin America, 1943-1955,” Roundtable for Diplomatic History, under review

2014    “This Is Our Enemy: The Writers’ War Board and Representations of Race in Comic Books, 1942- 1945,” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 83, No. 3 (August 2014), p. 448-486, winner of the 2015 American Historical Association W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for Best First Article

Book Reviews

2018    Review of Afterimages: Photography and U.S. Foreign Policy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016) by Liam Kennedy, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 52, No. 4 (October 2018)

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Department of History, University of Texas, Austin – Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliate

2015-2018       Institute for Historical Studies

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C – Postdoctoral Fellow

2015    Joint Position at the John W. Kluge Center and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation

Humanities and Social Sciences Division, UC Santa Barbara – Postdoctoral Fellow

2014    UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara – Lecturer

2011    War and Society since 1789

2010    Europe since 1945

Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara – Teaching Assistant

2008    The American People, 1917 to the Present

2008    The American People, Sectional Crisis through Progressivism

2007    Great Issues in the History of Public Policy

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2015    American Historical Association W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for Best first article, awarded for “This Is Our Enemy: The Writers’ War Board and Representations of Race in Comic Books, 1942- 1945,” in the Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 83, No. 3 (August 2014), p. 448-486

2015    Library of Congress Kluge Center/Swann Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellow

2014    UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Postdoctoral Fellow

2012    UCSB John Coleman Award for Outstanding Work in U.S. Foreign Relations

2011    History Associates Foundation, Predoctoral Fellowship

2009    Philip and Aida Siff Educational Foundation, Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

2009    Borchard Foundation, European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research

2008    NYU Center for the United States and the Cold War, Predoctoral Fellowship

2006    UCSB Badash Award for Outstanding Work in the History of Science and Technology

2005    Los Alamos Laboratory/National Science Foundation Nonproliferation Fellowship

2003-2008    National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship (NSF IGERT), “Public Policy and the Nuclear Threat,”

 

INVITED TALKS

2017    “An Introduction to Digital History: A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Maps,” Digital Writing and Research Lab, November 2

2016    “Interpreting U.S. Foreign Relations Through Visual Culture,” Intelligence Studies Project Lecture Series, Clements Center for International Security at the University of Texas, Austin, April 11

2015    “Battling America’s Pulp Demons: The Transnational Debate Over American Comic Books and Culture, 1945-1955,” Lecture Series at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, October 5

2015    “Donald Duck’s Atom Bomb: Comic Books and the Uncensored Debate Over Atomic Weapons,” Roundtable on the End of World War II at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, September 25

2013    “Is the 21st Century the Age of Graphic Narrative?” UCSB Arts & Lecture Series, Santa Barbara, CA, April 12

2012    “Andy’s Atomic Adventures: Re-evaluating the Cold War through Commercial and Propaganda Comic Books,” History Associates Lecture Series, Santa Barbara, CA, October 23

2011    “Directions for Delinquents: The Political and Legal Campaign Against Comic Books in the United States, 1945-1955,” UCSB Annual Parents’ Council Meeting, Office of Development, Santa Barbara, CA, April 25

2010    “Disney Diplomacy: The International Cartoon Campaign against Fascism during World War II,” UCSB College of Creative Studies, Santa Barbara, CA, April 17

2009     “There Are No Master Races: Organized Labor’s Program to Promote Tolerance through Comic Books during World War II,” NYU Tamiment Library and the Center for the United States and the Cold War Lecture Series, New York, NY, December 15

 

SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED

2016    “Four-Color Fear: Race and Darkness in Uncensored Comic Books, 1945-1955,” Histories of Darkness and Light: Annual Conference for the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History, University of Texas, Austin, April 22

2013    “This Is Our Enemy: Creating Intercultural Diplomacy at the Writers’ War Board and the Office for Inter-American Affairs, 1942-1945,” National Conference, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Alexandria, VA, June 22-25

2010    “How Boys and Girls Can Help Win the War: The Federal Government’s Appropriation of the Comic Book Medium, 1941-1955,” National Conference, Popular Culture Association of America, St. Louis, MO, March 31-April 3

2005    “Bert the Turtle Says Duck and Cover: Teaching Civil Defense through Children’s Literature,” 1942-1955,” National Conference, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., June 23-25

2005     “Weird Science: Images of Nuclear War and World Government in Commercial Comic Books, 1945-1954,” National Conference, The Center for Cold War Studies and International History, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2-5

 

CHAIRED PANELS

2014    “Socialist and Communist Politics and Discourse,” National Conference, Center for Cold War Studies and International History, Santa Barbara, CA, April 11-13

 

MEDIA OUTREACH AND INTERVIEWS

2015    “War and Superheroes: How The Writer’s War Board Used Comic Books to Spread its Message During World War II,” Interview with Dr. Daniele Turello of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, November 2. Can be accessed at: http://blogs.loc.gov/kluge/2015/11/war-and-superheroes-how-the-writers-war-board-used-comics-to-spread-its-message-in-wwii/?loclr=eaklub

2015    “The Battle Lines Are Drawn,” Interview on Backstory with the American History Guys, National Public Radio (NPR), June 26. Can be accessed at:  http://backstoryradio.org/shows/enemies/

2014    “Historian Paul Hirsch Discusses EC Horror Comics, the FBI, and McCarthyism,” Interview on Santa Barbara Public Radio, KCSB 91.9 FM, May 19

2012    “UCSB Researcher Explores Use Of Comic Books By U.S. Government As Propaganda Tools,” Interview on Los Angeles NPR, KCLU 88.3 FM, November 12. Can be accessed at: http://www.kclu.org/2012/11/13/ucsb-researcher-explores-use-of-comic-books-by-u-s-government-as-propaganda-tools/

2012    “Doctoral Student Hosts Cold War Comic Book Talk,” Interview in Daily Nexus, October 23

2012    “Historian Paul Hirsch Discusses Comic Books and Propaganda,” Interview on Santa Barbara Public Radio, KCSB 91.9 FM, October 22

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACADEMIC SERVICE

2016                Founding Member, Comic Studies Society

2014-present   Peer Reviewer for ImageTEXT: Journal of Interdisciplinary Comic Studies

2013-2014       Research Associate, UCSB Center for Cold War Studies and International History

2005-2013       Mentor and member, UCSB Disabled Students Program

2007                The George Washington University Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

2005                Graduate Coordinator, UCSB Center for Cold War Studies and International History

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Amputee Coalition of America

Center for Cold War Studies and International History

Comics Studies Society

Popular Culture Association

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

 

LANGUAGES

French: intermediate verbal, writing, and reading ability

Russian: basic verbal, writing, and reading ability

 

Hirsch CV Oct 2017 (Downloadable pdf)

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