Assistant Professor of American Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Tuesday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 3–4 p.m.
And by appointment.
Dewey Hall 205
Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania
A.B., Mount Holyoke College
Christen Mucher specializes in early American studies and the historiography of the New World, Native and indigenous studies, early archaeology and anthropology, and comparative American (specifically US-American, Mexican and Haitian) material culture before 1900.
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 adviser and affiliated faculty for the Five-College Certificate Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies and is affiliated with the Archives Concentration at Smith.
Her 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, Mucher is completing a book project, Before American History: Archives, Antiquities, and Native Pasts, which addresses archaeology, history writing, and Indigenous dispossession in the United States and Mexico from the 1780s–1830s.
In 2015–16, she 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.