Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Gotzler

Steven Gotzler

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My research centers on the study of intellectual labor and cultural production during the twentieth century, and blends approaches from intellectual history, literary studies, and the sociology of culture. I am particularly interested in exploring the culture and politics of intellectual life in the U.S. and Britain during the immediate postwar period. In this vein, I have related interests in mid-twentieth century political economy, literary history, visual culture, and popular music.

I am currently finishing my dissertation, “The Uses of Culture: Intellectual Labor and the Sources of Cultural Studies in Britain and America, 1945-1964,” which examines the emergence of radically re-oriented and theoretically expanded notions of “culture” at mid-century as they were mobilized and contested in thought and fiction, art and politics.

I am a founding member of the Contemporary Marxist Reading Group at CMU, and currently serve as a governing board member for the Cultural Studies Association.


"Speaking of the Working Class," The Los Angeles Review of Books, April 2018.