Assistant Professor in American Studies
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Christen Mucher earned her A.B. (English and French) from Mount Holyoke College and Ph.D. (English) from the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in Early American studies and the historiography of the New World, indigenous/Native studies, early archaeology and anthropology, and comparative American (specifically US-American, Mexican, and Haitian) material culture before 1900.
Professor Mucher teaches courses on early American history and culture, Native studies before 1880, empire, as well as museums, archives, and memory studies. She is an advisor for the 5-College Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies and is affiliated with the Archives Concentration at Smith.
Professor Mucher is currently working on a book project titled Before American History: Print Frontiers, American Antiquities, and Native Pasts, which considers the various ways in which nineteenth-century history writings from the US and Mexico dislocated Native peoples in order to consolidate the nation. She is also working on a project that examines claims to "indigenousness" that emerged in conversation with nation- and empire-building in the US, Mexico, and Haiti during the nineteenth century. Her co-translation and critical edition of the first Haitian novel, Stella (1859), which she completed with Lesley Curtis (Wellesley College), will appear with NYU Press in 2015, http://nyupress.org/books/ 9781479892402/