Curriculum Vitae

A pdf of my CV may be found here.

 

CHARLES PETERSEN

12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138  •  cpetersen@fas.harvard.edu • 917-361-6977

 

EDUCATION

May 2020

(expected)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

PhD Candidate, American Studies

2016

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

M.A., History

2005

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

B.A., English, with honors and distinction in major, magna cum laude


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS, LONG-TERM

2019-2020

National Fellowship (non-residential), Jefferson Scholars, University of Virginia

 

Warren Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University (declined)

 

Radcliffe Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University (declined)

2018-2019

Dissertation Fellowship, Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

2017-2018

Dissertation Fellowship, Ash Center Democracy Program, Harvard University

 

Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, ACLS (declined)

 

Dissertation Fellowship, German Historical Institute (declined)

2016-2017

Graduate Society Merit Term-Time Research Fellowship, Harvard University

2015-2016

Warren Center Term-Time Research Grant, Harvard University

2014-2015

American Studies Term-Time Research Grant, Harvard University


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS, SHORT-TERM

2018

Wallis Annenberg Research Grant, University of Southern California

 

Silas Palmer Research Fellowship, Hoover Institution

 

History of American Democracy Graduate Student Fellowship, Tobin Project

 

Dissertation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

2017

Kavinoky Summer Fellowship, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University

 

Frank Hideo Kono Fellowship, Huntington Library

 

Norberg Travel Grant, Charles Babbage Institute

2016

Warren Center Summer Travel Grant, Harvard University

2015

Graduate Student Council Summer Research Grant, Harvard University

 

Jens Aubrey Westengard Scholarship, Harvard University

2013

GSAS Pre-Dissertation Summer Grant, Harvard University

 

Graduate Seed Grant, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University

2012

History Project Grant, Center for History and Economics, Harvard University

2005

Margaret Dalton Curran Essay Prize, Carleton College


TEACHING

2016-2020

Thesis Advisor

Social Studies Program, Harvard University

2015

Head Teaching Fellow, "The History of Human Rights," Samuel Moyn

Harvard University, General Education

2014

Teaching Fellow, "The History of International Organizations," Heidi Tworek

Harvard University, Department of History


SERVICE

2018-2019

Co-organizer, 20th Century US History Workshop, Harvard University

2014-2015

Co-founder, Harvard Teaching Campaign

 

PUBLICATIONS

ESSAYS

2019

"Inside the PhD Octopus," review of six books about the academy, New York Review of Books, forthcoming.

2018

"Attraction Pricing," on the history and future of democratic access to New York's Metropolitan Museum, Art in America, 106 (3), March.

2017

"On the Trail," on the environmental history of hiking, New York Review of Books, 64 (13), August 17.

 

"No President," co-authored editorial, n+1, 27, Winter.

2013

"Must We Mean What We Say?," on Stanley Cavell, n+1, February 11. 

Translated into Hebrew as "קשה לתאר זאת במילים," Alaxon, 2014.

2012

"Lions in Winter," on the New York Public Library, n+1, 14, Summer.

 

"West from Home," on Marilynne Robinson, Bookforum, 18 (5), Feb/March.

 

"Song for Occupations," co-authored editorial, n+1, 13, Winter.

2011

"Occupy Wall Street: The Politics of the Poor," co-authored with Benjamin Kunkel, n+1, October 31

Translated into: German as "Die Politik der Armen: Die 99 Prozent und der Populismus von links," in Occupy!: Die ersten Wochen in New York, eine Dokumentation. Berlin: Suhrkamp; Italian as "Novantanove per cento," MicroMega, 8.

2010

"Google and Money!," on Google and internet privacy, New York Review of Books, 57 (19), December 9.

 

"Unsettled," on eight books about the Great Plains, The Nation, 291 (14), October 4.

 

"Internet as Social Movement," co-authored editorial, n+1, 9, Spring.

 

"American Pastoral," on The National Parks by Ken Burns, n+1, February 26.

 

"In the World of Facebook," on Facebook and MySpace, New York Review of Books, 57 (3), February 25. 

Translated into: French as "Les métamorphoses de Facebook," Books, 16, September; Italian as "Nel mondo di Facebook," la Rivista dei Libri, June; Polish as "Drugi Internet," Plus Minus, April 24; Slovenian as "V svetu facebooka," Mladina, 7, February.

2009

"Christian Science," on Home by Marilynne Robinson, n+1, January 13.


EDITORIALS AND EXCHANGES

2012

"'In Defense of the New York Public Library': An Exchange," New York Review of Books, 59 (10), July 12.

 

"Part of a Long-Term Plan to Cut Research," New York Times, May 17.


BRIEF ESSAYS AND REVIEWS

2017

"On Robert Silvers, 1919-2017," n+1, March 23.

2016

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, Gary Gerstle, Bookforum, Feb/Mar.

2012

"A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Spacey: A Tribute to Brian Eno's Ambient Curiosity 'Apollo'," Capital New York, January 10. 

2011

The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright, New Yorker, November 28.

 

The Great Leader, Jim Harrison, New Yorker, November 21.

 

"N1BR Reading: Occupy Wall Street Edition," n+1, October 14.

 

"Seeing King Lear,"The Utopian, August 15.

 

"N1BR Reading, Part Two," n+1, June 22.

 

The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan, Bookforum, 18 (1), April/May.

 

"City Refugee Delivers Fire Sermon," New York Observer, April 5.

 

"N1BR Reading: 2010 in Books," n+1, January 27.

 

The Killing of Crazy Horse, Thomas Powers, New Yorker, January 10.

2010

Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman, Los Angeles Times, March 14.

 

"Year in Review," n+1, December 30.

2009

Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda, San Francisco Chronicle, December 29.

 

Yours Ever: People and Their Letters by Thomas Mallon, Wall Street Journal, November 18.

 

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, Wall Street Journal, October 21.

2008

Wallace Stegner & the American West, Phil Fradkin, New Yorker, March 10.

 

High Crimes by Michael Kodas, New Leader, 91 (1), February.

2007

The Long March, Sun Shuyun, New Yorker, July 30.

 

Goya's Ghosts, dir. Milos Forman, Village Voice, July 20.

 

Laura Smiles, dir. Jason Ruscio, Village Voice, July 17.

 

Crossing the Sierra de Gredos by Peter Handke, The Village Voice, June 26.

 

The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble, New York Sun, June 13.

 

Five Skies, Ron Carlson, New Yorker, June 11.

 

Zoology, Ben Dolnick, New Yorker, June 11.

 

Noriko's Dinner Table, dir. Sion Sono, Village Voice, June 5.

 

Blood and Tears, dir. Isidore Rosmarin, Village Voice, June 5.

 

Miriam, dir. Matt Cimber, Village Voice, May 29.

 

I'm Reed Fish, dir. Zackary Adler, Village Voice, May 22.

 

Memories of Tomorrow, dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Village Voice, May 8.

 

Looking for an Icon, dir. Hans Pool, Village Voice, May 1.

 

Missing Victor Pellerin, dir. Sophie Deraspe, Village Voice, April 24.

 

The Collector, dir. Olympia Stone, Village Voice, April 17.

 

Goodbye Momo, dir. Leonardo Ricagni, Village Voice, April 10.

 

One Day a Year: 1960–2000, Christa Wolf, New Yorker, March 26.

 

PRESENTATIONS

2019

"The Americanization of Meritocracy, 1932-1976," History of Recent Social Science Conference, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

 

"'Brain-Intensive Industry': Silicon Valley, Stock Options, and the Subjectivity of Human Capital, 1958-1982," Frontiers of Accumulation Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014

"The Making of 'The Last Best Place': The Origins of Place-Based Creative Writing, 1919-1988," Society for US Intellectual History, Indianapolis, IN

 



FORUMS AND INTERVIEWS

2017

Discussion of education and meritocracy, Radio Open Source, WBUR, Boston, September 21.

2012

"Public Forum on the Central Library Plan," panel discussion with Anthony Marx, Robert Darnton, Joan W. Scott, Mark Hewitt, and David Nasaw, The New School, May 22.

 

"The Future of the NYPL," n+1 podcast, May 22.

2011

"Occupy the Studio," n+1 podcast, November 1.


EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

2007–

n+1

Senior Editor (2014–)

Associate Editor (2010–2014)

Assistant Editor (2008–2010)

Editorial Assistant (2007-2008)

2011

The Daily

Books Editor

2008–2009

The New York Review of Books

Editorial Assistant

2007–2008

New York 

Freelance Writer

2006

The Atlantic Monthly

Editorial Intern

 

LANGUAGES

French (advanced reading), German (advanced reading)