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- St. Olaf College
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- 1970s, 1970s popular culture, gender relations, ACLU, television history, radical intellectuals of the 1930s
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- About Me
BA from UC Berkeley and PhD from UCLA. I have fairly wide-ranging scholarly interests, having written on everything from Friends, the TV program, to the ACLU. I have a blog as part of my endowed teaching chair in the humanities called “Adventures in the New Humanities” (https://wp.stolaf.edu/news/adventures-in-the-new-humanities-a-blog-by-the-boldt-chair) that allows me to comment fairly broadly on academic matters and pedagogy. My most current scholarly interest has been the 1970s, particularly popular cultural elements. My teaching overlaps into a number of interdisciplinary areas, like gender studies, American studies, and film/TV studies.
- Recent Publications
“Anatomy of a Hit: Friends and Its Sitcom Legacies,” Journal of Popular Culture, 51 (October 2018), pp. 1172-1189.
“‘What Do You Do With Your Leisure Time?’ Women’s Athletic Cultures at St. Olaf College, 1900-1970,” Minnesota History, 66 (spring, 2018), pp. 30-42.
After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties became the Popular Culture of the Seventies. University of North Carolina Press: 2017
“Dedicated Followers of Fashion: The American Peacock and the Beginnings of a New American Man, 1966-1970,” The Sixties, 5 (December 2012), pp. 167-84.
“’That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be:’ Baby Boomers, 1970s Singer Songwriters, and Romantic Relationships,” The Journal of American History, 97 (December 2010), 692-702.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Making of American Liberalism, 1930-1960. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.
The Long War: The Intellectual People’s Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930-1940. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.
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- I've done Sirius radio interviews, been consulted or appeared on documentaries, and am currently writing something for the ACLU for their 100th anniversary.
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- Expertise by Geography
- United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Material Culture, Politics, Sexuality, Women, World War II