Kathy M. Newman-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Kathy M. Newman

Associate Professor of English

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Baker Hall 145 N
Phone: (412) 268-6450
Fax: (412) 268-7989


My primary interest is in the relationship between "mass culture" and the "masses"—the dialectical relationship between our institutions of television, film, radio, and the internet and our social/political formations (Raymond Williams). I am interested in the possibility that mass culture does not simply make us "passive consumers." My book on these questions, Radio-Active: Advertising and Activism 1935-1947, was published by University of California Press in 2004. I am also a regular blogger for The Center for Working Class Studies.  My larger body of work engages critical theory, historical materialism, literature, visual art, and music. I have published articles on Civil War medical photographs, the image of the graduate student in popular culture, black radio stations in the South in the 1950s, and the challenges of being a junior professor ("Nice Work if We Can Keep It"). I am currently writing a book that combines cultural analysis with labor history. It is called: Striking Images: Labor on Screen and in the Streets in the 1950s. When I am not professing I am a wife, a mother, a political activist and a political artist!