Maren Stange

Professor (Proportional)

Maren Stange was educated at Harvard University and at Boston University, where she received her Ph.D. in American Studies. She writes frequently on modern American culture. Recent publications include Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks, Bronzeville: Black Chicago in Pictures, and Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America, 1890-1950. She was a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Germany and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Durham University, England, in 2008 and served as an NEH panel evaluator in 2009.

Recent Books:
Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks
Bronzeville: Black Chicago in Pictures, 1941-1943
Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America 1890-1950


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