The Department of English
Michael E. Staub
Phone: (646) 312-3944
Office: VC 7-282
Michael E. Staub is Professor of English. His teaching and scholarly interests include modern and contemporary literature, American cultural and intellectual history, documentary and nonfiction writing, American ethnic and minority literature, and Jewish and Holocaust studies. He holds a doctorate in American Civilization from Brown University, and has taught at several universities and colleges (including Rhode Island College, Michigan State University, and Bowling Green State University) before arriving at Baruch in the fall of 2005. He is the author of Voices of Persuasion: Politics of Representation in 1930s America (Cambridge), Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America (Columbia), The Jewish 1960s: An American Sourcebook (New England), and Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army (W.W. Norton), which recounted the first-person experiences of Sergeant Kayla Williams, who served as an Arabic linguist in Iraq during the Second Gulf War. It has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, and German.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Staub was a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey to research his most recent book, Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis was Social, 1948-1980 (University of Chicago Press, 2011). This study shows how the cultural obsession with madness and the antipsychiatry movement's critique of “normalcy” informed anti-war, black liberation, and sexual rights struggles while also reshaping the disciplines of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and the law. At present, Staub has begun research for his next book project in which he plans to examine the shifting politics of neuroscience from the 1970s to the present.
Staub is currently the Director of the Feit Interdisciplinary Seminar Program. He is also a recepient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Honors Teaching Award, as selected by the Honors Student Council.