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Michael Wakeford, Social Sciences (2007)

A historian of modern American culture and ideas, Mike Wakeford joined the academic faculty in 2007. He teaches in the Foundations of Western Thought sequence and offers electives in American cultural and intellectual history with particular interests in the politics of art, urbanism, social thought, and the history of education. Boston-born and Tarheel-bred (Carrboro, N.C.), he holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in History from Indiana University-Bloomington, and is completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago. He is currently at work on “The Aesthetic Republic: American Art Education, Creative Selfhood, and Democratic Imagination, 1920-1960.” Previously, he taught at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University, and served as general editor of the online essay series, Democratic Vistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy, at the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago. He is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship and the Program on the Arts Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. A fan of the Boston Red Sox and the UNCSA Fighting Pickles, Mr. Wakeford is grateful they will never meet in the World Series.