Brooke L. Blower

HIS 304, Spring ’15 Hours: T 11:15-12:15, R 12-2

Associate Professor of History

B.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

American cultural history, urban history, history of the United States in transnational perspective

Curriculum Vitae

Brooke Blower teaches courses and supervises graduate students in the fields of American cultural history, urban history, and the history of the United States in transnational perspective. Her own research focuses on modern American politics and culture in an international framework.

Her first book, Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011) won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the James P. Hanlan Best Book Award from the New England Historical Association. This book overturns the old American clichés about “Gay Paree,“ offering a darker and more nuanced portrait of how Americans helped to shape the cultural politics of Paris between the wars, and, at the same time, how Paris helped to shape modern American political culture. Drawing on a range of sources in French as well as English, the book reveals how the capital served as an important crossroads for a wide variety of Americans, a place where they reimagined their position in the world and grappled with what it meant to be American in the new century, even as they came up against conflicting interpretations of American power by others.

Blower’s current research seeks to reframe conventional understandings of the American World War II experience by reintegrating the usually separate histories of the home front and war front.  This work is featured in a pair of articles in Diplomatic History and the American Historical Review as well as a volume she is co-editing on iconic American texts after the transnational turn, which is forthcoming from Cornell University Press.  It is also the subject of her new book, which traces Americans’ engagement with international politics in the first half of the twentieth century, as told through the back stories of eight Americans who were on board Pan Am’s Yankee Clipper when it crashed in Lisbon in 1943.  Provisionally entitled Hidden Fronts: The Crash of the Yankee Clipper and American Entries into World War II, this work is under contract with Oxford University Press.