Name: Dr. Steven Garabedian
Title: Assistant Professor, History
Office Location: Fontaine 322
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2222
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
American Studies, 2004

B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, California
American Studies, 1994


In addition to my regular teaching, I am also Internship Coordinator for History/Public History/American Studies. Any and all prospective students and offsite internship placement directors should feel free to contact me at the above office extension or email address.

Courses Taught:

     Introduction to Public History

     Rock 'n' Roll as U.S. History

     American History to 1877

     American History Since 1877

     America Since 1945

     Radical Music and Politics from Roosevelt to Reagan

     Blues History and Blues Poetry

     Change and Resistance in the Hudson Valley 


U.S. cultural, social, intellectual, and public history
music and leftwing radicalism
historical documentary film
African American vernacular expression and white interpretive traditions


Reds, Whites, and the Blues: Lawrence Gellert, Blues Protest, and the Cultural Politics of White Denial (forthcoming).

"'It Don't Make Sense': Willie Dixon, The Blues, War, and Peace," Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research 40.3 (2015).

"Teaspoon Brigade: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and Intellectual Property Law," The Hudson River Valley Review 31.2 (Spring 2015): 98 - 114.    

"The Blues Image in the White Mind: Blues Historiography and White Romantic Racialism," Popular Music and Society 37.4 (2014): 476 - 494.

"Reds, Whites, and the Blues: Lawrence Gellert, 'Negro Songs of Protest,' and the Leftwing Folksong Revival of the 1930s and 1940s," American Quarterly 57 (March 2005): 179 - 206.

"Blues Testimony and Black Agency," Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Spring 2006).

Review of Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West, by Peter Gough, Western American Literature (forthcoming).

Review of Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, ed. by Diane Pecknold, The Journal of Southern History 81.1 (Feb. 2015): 235 - 237.

Review of A Race of Singers: Whitman's Working-Class Hero From Guthrie to Springsteen, by Bryan K. Garman, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics 9 (Fall 2001): 114 - 17.


National Council on Public History
Organization of American Historians
American Historical Association
American Studies Association


"The Politics of Play: Locating Race and Gender with American Leisure Culture." National Council on Public History. Nashville, TN. April 2015.

"'It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace)': Peace, Justice, and the Blues." Annual Peace Studies Program Invited Lecturer. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. March 2013.

"Blues Music and White Alienation." Marxist Reading Group Annual Conference. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. March 2013.

"Blues Historiography and White Pilgrimage." Soundtracks: Music, Tourism and Travel international conference. Liverpool, UK. July 2012.

"National Uplift in the Low-Down South: The Search for Black Vernacular Music by Lawrence Gellert and Sam Charters." Biennial Conference of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. New Orleans, LA. April 2010.

"How to Turn Your Daily Bread into History: Three Historians Outside the Academy." Organization of American Historians. Seattle, WA. March 2009.

"'The Great Red Heart of the American Revolution': Black Southern Music and White Revolutionary Racialism in the Leftwing Folksong Revival." Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association. Birmingham, AL. November 2006.

History Department Faculty Colloquium. Marist College, NY. November 2006.