Foulkes, Julia

Julia Foulkes

Julia  Foulkes
PhD, History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Associate Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement

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Areas of Expertise:
The arts, dance, urban history, New York City history, West Side Story
Dr. Foulkes is a cultural historian who looks at the impact of the arts in society. Her research on dance focuses on how the creation of modern dance in the 1930s and 1940s revealed social dynamics of gender, race, and politics, giving the art both a unique and a marginal place in society. Her current research on urbanization and the arts looks at the rise of performing arts centers, such as Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, in the post-World War II period, a time of major demographic changes and urban renewal initiatives. Dr. Foulkes’ forthcoming book on West Side Story explores these issues along with gender relations, immigration, and changes in aesthetics in mid-20th-century New York.
Courses Taught:
  • Re-Imagining New York
  • Sight, Sound, and Spectacle in the 1930s
  • Urban Life: Social Justice and the Lived City
  • Transnational America
Recent Publications:
To the City: Urban Photographs of The New Deal (2010)

The Arts in Place, special volume of the Journal of Social History (editor) (December 2010)

“Streets and Stages: Urban Renewal and the Arts after World War II,” Journal of Social History (2010)

Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey (2002)

“Politics and Culture in the 1930s and 1940s,” in A Companion to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen (2008)

“The Other West Side Story: Urbanization and the Arts Meet at Lincoln Center,” Amerikastudien (2007)

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