49 Bleeker St.
Newark, NJ 07102
Research Interests: modern United State cultural and intellectual history; urban, New Jersey, and Newark history; the public arts and humanities
Mark Krasovic received his PhD in American Studies from Yale University in 2008. His research and teaching interests center on the cultural and political history of the modern United States, urban history, and the public arts and humanities. His first book,The Newark Frontier: Community Action in the Great Society, was published by the University of Chicago Press in spring 2016. It examines how the structures of 1960s liberalism – structures that brought together government officials, academics, and local Newarkers in new and complicated ways – confronted the perceived crisis of America’s cities. The manuscript is based on his dissertation, which was the honorable mention finalist for the American Studies Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize.
His current book project explores federally funded arts projects in the 1960s, especially those funded by the President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, the War on Poverty, and the Model Cities Program. This research has been supported by a Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Dr. Krasovic also serves as the interim director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark, where he was the 2008-2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Postdoctoral Fellow. At the Price Institute, he has served as the local Newark coordinator for the federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, a cosponsor of the “This is Newark!” Public Symposium on Urban Design, a facilitator for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ statewide film series, and the co-organizer of the Ironbound Environmental Justice History and Resource Center. He also serves on the executive board of the Newark History Society, the Education Committee of the Newark Museum, and the steering committee of the Northeast Public Humanities Consortium.
American Cultural and Intellectual History
America in the 1970s
Race and Urban Space
Humanities in the Public Square
PhD, Yale University, 2008
MA, Michigan State University, 2000
BA, Rutgers University, 1995
The Newark Frontier: Community Action in the Great Society (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
“Scottsboro on the Delaware,” review of Jersey Justice: The Story of the Trenton Six by Kathy D. Knepper. Reviews in American History, 41, no. 1 (March 2013).
Review of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn by Suleiman Osman. Journal of American History, January 2012.
“The Culture of Development in the Brick City.” In Urban Asymmetries: Studies on Uneven Urban Development, edited by Tahl Kaminer et al. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2011.
Exhibition review of “What’s Going On: Newark and the Legacy of the Sixties.” New Jersey Historical Society. Journal of American History, June 2009.
Interim Director, Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
Affiliate faculty member, Graduate Program in American Studies