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Richard Powers
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island|Graduate Center
Phone: 718-982-2870
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Brown University
Research Interests: American History
Selected Publications

Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI. New York: The Free Press, 2004


The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide, Edited with Athan G. Theoharis, Tony G. Poveda, and Susan Rosenfeld, 1999.

Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism. New York: The Free Press, 1996.
Paperback and English Edition, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover. New York: The Free Press, 1987.

G-Men: Hoover’s FBI in American Popular Culture. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983.

Handbook of Japanese Popular Culture. (Co-Edited with Hidetoshi Kato). Westport: Greenwood Press, 1989. Tokyo: Eihosha, 1992.



“Norman Podhoretz and the Cold War.” Norman Podhoretz. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004 (forthcoming).

“American Catholics and Catholic Americans: The Rise and Fall of Catholic Anticommunism.” U.S Catholic History. Winter 2004 (forthcoming)

“A Bomb with a Long Fuse: 9/11 and the FBI Reforms of the 1970s.” American History. December 2004. (forthcoming).

“Hoover’s Secret War on King,” American History. August 2003. Pp. 42-7.

“The Evil that Lurks in the Enemy Within.” The New York Times News of the Week in Review, June 16, 2002.

“Don’t Forget the FBI is a Police Force.” Newsday. June 4, 2002.

“A Life of the Artist,” in Jane Frank, The Art of Richard Powers (London and New York: paper Tiger, 2001), pp. 11-29.

“Introduction” to Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Secrecy: The American Experience. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

“The Voice of History in Popular Culture.” American Historical Association Perspectives. May 1997. Pp. 23-25.

“Culture Against History: Criminalizing America’s Role in the Cold War.” In Lewis H. Carlson and Kevin B. Vichcales, American Popular Culture at Home and Abroad. Kalamazoo, MI: New Issues Press, 1996. Pp. 247-264.

“Elvis Presley.” Dictionary of American Biography. Supplement 10, 1976-1980. New York: Scribners’s, 1995. Pp. 648-650.

“Elvis and JFK: A Meditation on Values.” In Peter Freese, Popular Culture in the United States. Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 1994. Pp. 103-113.

“From Camelot to Graceland: History and Popular Culture Studies from the Perspec-tive of the 21st Century.” In Eye on the Future: Popular Culture Scholarship into the Twenty-First Century in Honor of Ray B. Browne. Marilyn F. Moltz. et al, eds. Bowling Green: Popular Press, 1994. Pp. 133-147.

“Anticommunist Lives.” American Quarterly 41(December 1989): 714-723.

“One G-Man’s Family: Popular Culture Formulas and J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.” American Quarterly 33(Fall, 1978): 471-92. Reprinted as “J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI” in James S. Olson et al., eds., The United States in the Twentieth Century. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995. Pp. 32-47.

“The G-Man and the Attorney General: Hollywood’s Role in Hoover’s Rise to Power.” Southwest Review 62(Autumn, 1977): 329-47.

“Crime in Popular Culture.” Journal of Popular Culture 9(Spring, 1976): 743-7.

“J. Edgar Hoover and the Detective Hero.” Journal of Popular Culture 9(Winter, 1975-6): 257-78. Reprinted in Dimensions of Detective Fiction. Bowling Green: Popular Press, 1976; also reprinted in The Popular Culture Reader (Bowling Green: Popular Press, 1977.