I am a scholar of American culture, focusing primarily on urban life since the mid-nineteenth century. I hold a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston University, and an A.B. in Philosophy from Harvard University. My research interests include alcohol, drugs, and addiction; race, ethnicity, and neighborhood life; religion and philosophy; and sports and popular culture. My recently published book, The Saloon and the Mission: Addiction, Conversion, and the Politics of Redemption in American Culture (UMass Press, 2013) is a history of addiction recovery, focusing on its emergence as an influential form of life narrative. I am the managing editor of Points, the Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. My current projects include essays about college boxing and the early life of John F. Kennedy. 

I teach in the America Field for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard. I have led sophomore, junior, and senior tutorials on a wide range of topics, as well as a freshman seminar on addiction, and a History & Literature seminar on the history of boxing in America. I've also taught courses in writing, literature, journalism, and the humanities at various other institutions.

As a member of the administrative team at History and Literature, I oversee various matters including sophomore advising, study abroad, and fellowship opportunities.

You can contact me at <efcannon@fas.harvard.edu>.