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School of Liberal Arts


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(845) 575-3000, ext. 2222

Dr. Steven Garabedian

Associate Professor of History; Intern Coordinator for History/Public History/American Studies


Steven Garabedian is Assistant Professor of History and Intern Coordinator of History/Public History/American Studies. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is an historian of the twentieth-century U.S., with a research specialization in race, music, and radicalism, and a teaching concentration in U.S. public history and African American studies. He has published articles and reviews in American Quarterly, African American Review, Popular Music & Society, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Hudson River Valley Review, Journal of Southern History, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics. Currently, he is at work on a monograph, Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial. The book traces the rise and fall of a little-known leftwing independent music collector as it explores changing perceptions of African American musical resistance in the twentieth century.


BA, American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota


Research Interests / Areas of Focus

U.S. cultural history, radicalism and resistance, African American studies, race and “whiteness”; U.S. public history.

Selected Publications

Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial (under contract with UMass Press).

“Forgotten Manuscripts: Lawrence Gellert, Negro Songs of Protest,” African American Review 49.4 (Winter 2016): 297 - 311.

“‘It Don’t Make Sense’: Willie Dixon, The Blues, War, and Peace,” Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research 40.3 (July 2015): 287 - 312.

“Teaspoon Brigade: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and Intellectual Property Law,” 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 (October 2014): 476 - 494.

“Blues Testimony and Black Agency,” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 17.1 (Spring 2006): 98 - 105.

“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.

Selected Presentations

“The Musical is Political: Blueswomen and Blues Protest.” Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities. Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. June 2017.

“Lawrence Gellert: Fiction and Fact.” Presented at the International Conference on the Blues. Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. October 2016.

“‘It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace)’: Peace, Justice, and the Blues.” Invited address as the Seventh Annual Peace Studies Lecture. Peace Studies Program, Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA. March 2013.

Awards and Honors

Faculty Sabbatical, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty, Marist College, NY. Fall 2015.

Seventh Annual Peace Studies Lecturer. Peace Studies Program, Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA. March 2013.

Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History/Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 2001 - 2003.