Stephen Brier
Position: Professor
Program: Urban Education
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212)817-7290
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in U.S. History from UCLA.
Research Interests: U.S. Social History and New Media Technology
As a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, Stephen Brier teaches courses on the history of public education. He founded the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the Graduate Center in 2002, continues to serve as its coordinator, teaches one of the program’s core courses, and supervises all of its independent studies. He is a historian who has published widely on issues ranging from U.S. social and labor history to the uses of digital technologies and tools to improve academic teaching, learning, and research. He was the founding director of the Graduate Center’s American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (which he headed for eighteen years) and was the executive producer of the project’s award-winning “Who Built America?” multimedia curriculum, including textbooks, videos, and CD-ROMs. He has coproduced other award-winning websites, including History Matters and the September 11 Digital Archive. Brier, who previously served for eleven years as a senior administrator at the Graduate Center, is also the GC’s Senior Academic Technology Officer and the codirector of its New Media Lab.