Primary field of interest:
Max Fraser is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on American labor and working class history, twentieth-century political history, and artistic and popular culture. His dissertation, “The Hillbilly Highway: A Social History of Transappalachia in the 20th Century” traces the inter-regional connections between the rural south and the industrial Midwest, and examines the roots of the conservative turn of the postwar white working class. He has presented his dissertation research at numerous conferences and public fora, including the 2016 Graduate Conference of the American Political History Institute at Boston University, where he was awarded the “Outstanding Paper” prize. Since 2014, Max has also been a research fellow at the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Max has published extensively in both academic and non-academic settings. His essay on the representations of working bodies in the visual arts of the 1930s, “Hands off the Machine: Workers’ Hands and Revolutionary Symbolism in the Visual Culture of 1930s America,” was published in the journal American Art, and was awarded the 2013 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award from the Smithsonian’s American Art Musuem as the most distinguished contribution to that journal. His essay on the historical meaning of the highway in American country music, “Lost Highways,” appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the journal Raritan. Additionally, Max has reported widely on the labor movement and the economy for magazines like Dissent and The Nation, and writes a regular column on the business lobby for the journal New Labor Forum. Along with fellow labor historian Christopher Phelps, Max will be the guest editor for a special issue of the journal Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas devoted to Labor and the Media, to appear in Winter 2018.
During his time at Yale, Max has taught widely in subjects related to his primary fields of study, including courses on American cultural history, African-American history, the history of the American West, and American film.
In Spring 2017, Max will be a Visiting Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.