Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown - Adjunct Professor -  profile photo

Research Interests

  • 19th Century U.S. Social and Cultural History; Visual Culture; New Media


  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Selected Publications

  • Mine Eyes Have Seen . . .: Studies in the Visual Culture of the Civil War (forthcoming).
  • “Afterword,” in New York, Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age, ed. Margaret R. Laster and Chelsea Bruner (New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • Principal Investigator/co-writer, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War, resource website based on National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes (2012-2018).
  • “‘Our sketches are real, not mere imaginary affairs’: The Visualization of the 1863 New York Draft Riots,” in The Civil War in Art and Memory, ed. Kirk Savage, Studies in the History of Art (New Haven: National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press, 2016).
  • ITHACA - A Graphic Novel in Several Parts, serialized in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life (2010-2013).
  • (with Stephen Brier), “The September 11 Digital Archive: Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001,” Radical History Review 111 (Fall 2011).
  • “The First Eight Years of Life during Wartime, 2003–2011,” Radical History Review 111 (Fall 2011).
  • "Political Cartoons," in Princeton Encyclopedia of United States Political History, ed. Michael Kazin (Princeton University Press, 2010).
  • Principal investigator/co-author, Picturing United States History: An Online Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence, a gateway website demonstrating how the visual record illuminates the U.S. past.
  • (with Peter N. Carroll), Robeson in Spain, special graphic history issue of The Volunteer (publication of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives) 26:2 (June 2009).
  • Visual editor (with David Jaffee), Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's History (3rd Edition: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008 [1st Edition: Pantheon, 1989, 1992; 2nd Edition: Worth Publishers, 2000]).
  • "The Great Uprising and the Collapse of Pictorial Order in Gilded Age America," in The Great Strike of 1877: New Perspectives, ed. David Stowell (University of Illinois Press, 2008).
  • My Mimeographed Career; Part One: 1968, autobiographical comic strip in Students for a Democratic Society: A Comic History, ed. Paul Buhle (Hill and Wang, 2008).
  • "Historians and Photography," in symposium on "Histories of Photography," American Art (Fall 2007).
  • "The Graphic Fight: New York Political Cartoonists and the Spanish Civil War," in Fighting Fascism: New York City and the Spanish Civil War, eds. Peter Carroll and James Fernandez (New York: Museum of the City of New York/NYU Press, 2007), catalog accompanying Museum of the City of New York exhibition.
  • Co-editor (with Georgia Barnhill and Ian Gordon), "Revolution in Print: Graphics in Nineteenth Century America," special issue of Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 7:3 (April 2007).
  • (Visual essays), Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Eric Foner principal author (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005).
  • Participant, "Interchange: Genres of History," Journal of American History, 91:2 (September 2004).
  • "From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the 19th and 21st Centuries" and "Commentary: Random Thoughts while on a Virtual Stroll . . .," Rethinking History, 8:2 (June 2004).
  • Co-editor, special issue on "A Cabinet of Curiosities," Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, 4:2 (January 2004).
  • "'The Social and Sensational News of the Day': Frank Leslie, The Days' Doings, and Scandalous Pictorial News in Gilded Age New York," New-York Journal of American History, 66:2 (Fall 2003).
  • "Toward a Meeting of the Minds: Historians and Art Historians," American Art, 17:2 (Summer 2003).
  • "The Bloody Sixth: The Real Gangs of New York," London Review of Books, 25:2 (January 23, 2003).
  • Guest curator, City on Display: A Newark Photographer and His Clients, 1890s-1940s, New Jersey Historical Society exhibition (October 8, 2003 opening).
  • Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 2002). Published also in electronic format as part of the American Council of Learned Societies' History E-Book Project.
  • Author/art, The Hungry Eye [serialization of an illustrated novel about 19th century New York], Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, 2 (January-April 2002).
  • Co-author, Who Built America? From the Great War of 1914 to the Dawn of the Atomic Age, interactive CD-ROM (Worth Publishers/Learn Technologies Interactive, 2000).
  • Co-executive producer/co-writer, The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum Life and Culture, website 3-D re-creation and archive of P. T. Barnum's American Museum.
  • Co-principal investigator, The September 11 Digital Archive, website devoted to collecting and preserving the digital record of the attacks and their aftermath (donated to Library of Congress).
  • Co-executive producer/creative director, History Matters: The U.S. History Survey on the Web, website on teaching US history.

Recent Papers and Conferences

  • Principal Investigator/Historian, "The Visual Culture of the Civil War," a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, July 9-20, 2012.
  • Lead faculty, "Seeing the American Civil War: How Visual Culture Recorded, Interpreted, and Remembered the Conflict," Center for Historic American Visual Culture summer seminar (American Antiquarian Society), June 17-22, 2012.
  • Comment, "Improvising Communities of Print during the American Civil War," session at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 8, 2012.
  • Lecture at opening of exhibition "Illustrating the War: Selected Engravings from Harpers Weekly and Leslie's Illustrated Civil War" at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College, October 18, 2011.
  • Panelist, "Political Cartoons of the Civil War and Their Role in Shaping History," National Archives and Records Administration, Center for the National Archives Experience, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2011.
  • Panelist, symposium marking exhibition opening, Denys Wortman [Rediscovered]: Drawings for the World-Telegram & Sun, 1930-1953, Museum of the City of New York, November 18, 2010 (co-sponsored by the Center for Cartoon Studies and the Society of Illustrators).
  • Guest faculty, "Interpreting Historical Images for Teaching and Research," NEH Summer Seminar, Center for Historic American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society, June 24-25, 2010.
  • Participating scholar, "American Visions: Towards Modern America, 19th-early 20th century," Picturing America School Collaboration Conference, Newark Museum, April 23-24, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Interpreting the American Landscape," Picturing America School Collaboration Conference, Newberry Library, October 23-24, 2009, April 16-17, 2010.
  • Paper, "Teaching with Prints, Photographs, and Ephemera," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 10, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Eyewitness News: When Prints were Truth," SGC Philadelphia (Southern Graphics Coucil) conference, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, March 26, 2010.
  • Roundtable participant, "The Artifact in the Age of New Media," Bard Graduate Center, February 3, 2010.
  • James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture, "Catching His Eye: The Sporting Male Pictorial Press in the Gilded Age," American Antiquarian Society, October 16 2009.
  • Lecture, "Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s New York,” in symposium accompanying Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, October 9, 2009.
  • Guest faculty, "Interpreting Visual Materials for Research and Teaching," NEH Summer Seminar, Center for Historic American Visual Culture, American Antiquarian Society, June 15-19, 2009.
  • Comment, "Visualizing 'Bleeding Kansas,' the 'Yellow Peril' and 'Crimes of Passion'," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 28, 2009.
  • Lecture, "Seeing Race and Rights," New-York Historical Society, January 6, 2009.
  • Moderator/Panelist, "The Persuasive Image," in "Picturing Politics," a symposium presented by the Illustration Program, Parsons The New School for Design and The Politics Department, New School for Social Research, November 15, 2008.
  • Panelist, "Beyond Portraits of Dead White Men: Art History as Social History," Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, July 19, 2008.