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Christen Mucher

Assistant Professor in American Studies

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Christen Mucher

Christen Mucher earned her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and Ph.D. 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 and affiliated faculty for the 5-College Certificate Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies and is affiliated with the Archives Concentration at Smith.

Professor Mucher's co-translation and critical edition of Stella, the first Haitian novel, was published by NYU Press in 2015. The novel was written by Haitian author Émeric Bergeaud and originally appeared in French in 1859. The second edition is available from the Digital Library of the Caribbean.

Currently, Professor Mucher is completing a book project, Before American History: Archives, Antiquities, and Native Pasts, which addresses archaeology, history writing, and Indigenous dispossession in the US and Mexico from the 1780s-1830s.

In 2015-16, Professor Mucher was a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library.