1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jack Hamilton

Assistant Professor

126 Wilson Hall

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On leave Fall 2017

Dr. Hamilton joined the Media Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014 and has a joint appointment with the American Studies program. He received his Ph.D in American Studies from Harvard University in 2013, and spent the 2013-14 academic year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado - Boulder's Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture. He is a cultural historian who studies sound, media, and popular culture. His first book, Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination (Harvard UP, 2016), focuses on the transatlantic interplay of popular music and racial thought during the 1960s, and explores how rock and roll music moved from an interracial form to being widely understood as a "white" one by the end of the decade. Drawing from a diverse array of archives to consider artists like Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and others, Just around Midnight offers a new way into the endlessly controversial topic of race and popular music by illustrating how racial and musical ideologies have informed, reinforced, and contradicted each other. He is also the pop critic for Slate magazine, where he writes about music, sports, and other areas of culture, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, ESPN, Transition, L.A. Review of Books, and many other venues. He is currently working on a book about music and technology since 1970.


Just around Midnight

Harvard University Press, Aug 2016