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Stephen Duncombe

Stephen Duncombe

Associate Professor
B.A. Sociology, SUNY Purchase, 1988
M.Phil. Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 1993
Ph.D. Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 1996

Stephen Duncombe’s interests lie in media and cultural studies. He teaches and writes on the history of mass and alternative media and the intersection of culture and politics. He is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture,  co-author of The Bobbed Haired Bandit: Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York, editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader, co-editor of White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race,  and writes on the intersection of culture and politics for a range of scholarly and popular publications. Duncombe is also the creator of Open Utopia , an open-access, open-source, web-based edition of Thomas More’s Utopia. In 1998, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by the State University of New York, where he taught before coming to New York University, and in 2012 was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Gallatin. Duncombe, a life-long political activist, co-founded the School for Creative Activism in 2011, and is presently co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism. He is currently working on a book on the art of propaganda during the New Deal.


Contact Information

Stephen Duncombe

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 602
(212) 998-7327
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Office Hours
Monday (12:30-3 by appt)
Tuesday (4:30-5:30 by appt)
Wednesday (12:30-3 by appt)

Research and Teaching Interests

media and cultural studies; history of mass media; activist media and alternative culture; arts and politics

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