As a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education and a core faculty member in the program’s Language, Culture and Context specialization, Stephen Brier teaches courses on the history of public education. His current work focuses on the struggles over community control of the New York City public schools in the 1960s and their impact on teacher unionism and educational reform as well as on the contemporary crisis in public higher education, with a special focus on the history of the City University of New York. Brier is completing a book (with Mike Fabricant) entitled Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, which will be published by Johns Hopkins Univ. Press in 2016. 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 also co-founded and co-directs the Graduate Center’s M.A. in Liberal Studies Digital Humanities track and is a member of the faculty of the American Studies Certificate Program.
Brier is a social and labor historian who has published widely on issues related to race, class, and ethnicity in U.S. history as well as on 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 co-produced a number of 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 co-founder and co-director of its New Media Lab.
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Executive Editor, American Social History Project’s Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, Third Edition, 2 vols. (Bedford-St. Martins, 2008).