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Nicholas K. Bromell

Affiliated Scholar

Nicholas K. Bromell (Ph.D. Stanford 1987) is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His fields of expertise include American popular culture and American intellectual history. A former editor of The Boston Review, Bromell has long been committed to making cutting-edge scholarship in the humanities accessible and available to a broader public audience. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Quarterly, American Music, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Fortune, Harper’s, The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Sewanee Review, Tikkun, Exquisite Corpse, Salon, and other publications. A former Fulbright Scholar and President of the New England American Studies Association, he is the founder and coordinator of the History and Democracy Project, a collaborative effort by historians and cultural studies scholars to develop historical resources and cultural legitimation for progressive public policy.

Major Works:


  • By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum America (Chicago: 1992).
  • Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s (Chicago: 2000).

Recent Articles and Essays

  • “Postwar Liberalism as a Usable Past? The Rewards and Risks of Historical Revisionism,” American Quarterly Vol. 59, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 179 – 190.
  • “Scooter and Me,” The American Scholar Vol. 76, Number 1 (Winter 2007), pp. 56 – 68.
  • “Freedom Reigns,” The Boston Review Vol. 31, No. 2 (March/April 2006), pp. 32-35.
  • “Summa Cum Avaritia: Plucking a Profit from the Groves of Academe,” Harper’s Magazine Vol. 304, No. 1821 (February 2002), pp. 71-76.