Max Fraser

Asst. Professor

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Max Fraser is a scholar of American labor, cultural, and political history. His research and teaching focus primarily on working class life and social movements in the twentieth century; on the rise of new strains of political conservatism in the decades after World War II; and on the class politics of American popular culture. He is currently completing work on his first book—The Hillbilly Highway: Transappalachia and the Making of a White Working Class, under contract with Princeton University Press—and is beginning research on a second major project, on the figure of the outlaw in American politics and culture. His scholarship has been published in journals such as American Art, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Raritan, and Southern Cultures, and he writes a regular column on big business and American politics for New Labor Forum. He has also worked as a journalist, reporting on the labor movement and the economy for a range of publications including Dissent and The Nation.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Professor Fraser will be completing a three-year fellowship at the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College. Prior to that, he was a Visiting Instructor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, while completing his Ph.D. in the History Department at Yale University. At Dartmouth, Holy Cross, and Yale, Professor Fraser has taught courses on the making of modern America; race, labor, and migration in recent American history; and the political, economic, and cultural history of the American South.



2017Ph.D. Yale University
2006B.A. University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

2017 - 2020Junior Fellow, Dartmouth Society of Fellows, Dartmouth College
2017 - Visiting Instructor, College of the Holy Cross

Honors & Acknowledgements

Finalist, Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize
 Society of American Historians (2018)
Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award
Smithsonian American Art Museum (2013)


Max Fraser "Down in the Hole: Outlaw Country and Outlaw Culture" Southern Cultures 83-100 24(3): (2018). [Link]

Max Fraser and Christopher Phelps, co-editors "The Labor Beat (special issue)" Labor: Studies in Working Class History 15(1) (2018).

Max Fraser "Lost Highways" Raritan 117-14435(3): (2016).

Max Fraser "Hands off the Machine: Workers Hands and Revolutionary Symbolism in the Visual Culture of 1930s America" American Art 94-11727(2): (2013). [Link]

SUMMARY: (Winner of the 2013 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award, Smithsonian American Art Museum)