1. University of Virginia
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Jack Hamilton

Assistant Professor

126 Wilson Hall

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Jack Hamilton is on sabbatical for the Spring 2018 semester.

Dr. Hamilton joined the Media Studies faculty in the Fall of 2014 and has a joint appointment with the American Studies program. He is a cultural historian who studies sound, media, and popular culture, and his other areas of interest include film, sports, television, and journalism. 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. Since 2013 he has been the pop critic for Slate magazine, where he writes about music, sports, and other areas of culture, and in 2016 he hosted the Slate podcast series “Pop, Race, and the ‘60s.” His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, NPR, ESPN, Transition, L.A. Review of Books, and many other venues. Prior to arriving at UVA he received his Ph.D in American Studies from Harvard University, and was the inaugural  postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado - Boulder's Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture. He is currently working on a book about music and technology since the 1960s.


Just around Midnight

Harvard University Press, Aug 2016