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About Nicholas Bromell

Nick Bromell received a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University. He was the founding editor of The Boston Review, where he continues to be a contributing editor; he also serves on the editorial board of The Sixties and as an advisory editor to the Class: Culture series published by the University of Michigan Press. He has been President of the New England American Studies Association, and he is the principal convener of Democratic Vistas: An Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Theory and Cultural Studies.
Nick Bromell's primary research seeks to reconfigure conventional understanding of U.S. intellectual history by demonstrating that works of literature and popular culture can be expressions of philosophy and political theory. His publications reflect his particular interest in bridging the gap between academic discourse and public debate.
He is the author of By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press, 1992) and Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s (University of Chicago Press, 2000). 

His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in American Quarterly, American Literature, American Music, The Boston Review, Harper's, The Boston Globe, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, Fortune, The New York Times, New England Monthly, and on-line at Exquisite Corpse and Salon.


Present Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies , Department of English, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Charles Warren Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
  • 2002 Fulbright Fellowship

Contact Information

Bartlett Hall Room 477
130 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 0l003
Tel: 413-545-5517
Fax: 413-545-3880