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 American history and culture before 1800, museums and museum studies in the US, memory and cultures of commemoration, comparative literacies of the Americas, and the early history and culture of Saint-Domingue/Haiti. She is affiliated with the Archives Concentration at Smith and is an advisor for the 5-College Certificate in Native Studies.
Professor Mucher is currently working on a book project titled Becoming Indigenous: Colonial Memory, American Antiquities, and Native Pasts, which examines the processes through which claims to "indigenousness" emerged in conversation with nation and empire building in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The project focuses on the political spaces of the US, Mexico, Haiti, and the Western Confederacy, and examines the genre of "history writing" in various modes. With Lesley Curtis (Temple), she is completing an English translation and critical edition of the first Haitian novel, Stella (1859), written by Émeric Bergeaud (NYU 2014).