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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Micol Seigel

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Associate Professor
Department of American Studies
Department of History

Office: Ballantine Hall 577
Phone: (812) 855-7707
E-mail: mseigel at


Ph.D., New York University, 2001

Research Interests

Policing, prisons, and race in the Americas; Critical Ethnic Studies; racial theory; transnational method; popular culture; Brazil; Latin American studies; history; mass incarceration; the Cold War; postcolonial and queer theory; Cultural Studies. Micol is on sabbatical 2013-2014 and will be in Australia during the spring at the U.S. Studies Centre of the University of Sydney. In addition to research and teaching, Micol is involved in the Critical Prison Studies caucus of the American Studies Association and the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas. She occasionally performs around town with Voces Novae and can sometimes be found in the water here.

Courses Recently Taught

  • AMST-G 751 Seminar in American Studies / Topic: Nation, State, Police (spring 2013)
  • AAAD-G 605 Race in the Global City (fall 2011)
  • AAAD-G 620 / ENG-G 648 Post-Colonial Theory and Comparative Ethnic Studies (co-taught with Shane Vogel, English, fall 2011)
  • AMST-A 350 & AMST-G 620 (combined undergraduate and graduate course), Place, Culture, Prison: An Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course (fall 2011)
  • AMST-A 399 / AAAD-A 354: Advanced Topics in Society & History: Transnational Americas (fall 2008)
  • SHUM 419 (also AS&RC 419): Transnational Method Then & Now: Historiography, Theory, Practice (Cornell, fall 2006)
  • Liberal Studies 410: National Identity, Race and Popular Culture: Chicana Feminist Performance (Cal State L.A., spring 2006)

Publication Highlights

"Nelson Rockefeller in Latin America: Global Currents of U.S. Prison Growth," in Comparative American Studies (forthcoming).

"Objects of Police History," in the Journal of American History (forthcoming).

"Hypothecation: Debt Bondage for the Neoliberal Age," Transition 114 (2014): 134-145.

"Convict Race: Racialization in the Era of Hyperincarceration," Social Justice 39, no. 43 (April 2014): 31-51.

"Brazil's protests reveal the tension of a people moving ahead of their country," with Osmundo Pinho, Quartz, The Atlantic.

"Privatization in Mexico is a road to nowhere," with Elliott Young, Quartz, The Atlantic.

Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United States Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

"Black Mothers, Citizen Sons," in Quase-Cidadão: histórias e antropologias da pós-emancipação no Brasil, ed. Flávio dos Santos Gomes and Olívia Gomes da Cunha, Rio de Janeiro: FGV, 2007.

"The Disappearing Dance: Maxixe's Imperial Erasure," Black Music Research Journal, 25 No. 1/2: 93-117, Spring/Fall 2005.

"Beyond Compare: Historical Method after the Transnational Turn," Radical History Review 91, 62-90, Winter 2005.

"World History's Narrative Problem," Hispanic American Historical Review 84, 3 (2004):  431-446.

"Cocoliche's Romp:  Fun with Nationalism at Argentina's Carnival," TDR44, 2 (Summer 2000):  56-83.  Republished in Latin American Theatre and Performance, ed. Jill Lane (Routledge, forthcoming).

Honors and Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Oscar Handlin Fellowship for Research in American History, 2012
  • Finalist Mention, Lora Romero first book prize of the American Studies Association, 2010, for Uneven Encounters
  • Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University, 2006-07
  • Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, CSULA, Los Angeles, 2005-06
  • David C. Driskell Center for African Diaspora Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, UMCP, Spring 2003
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University, 2000-2001
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Dissertation Fellowship, affiliate of the Advanced Program in Contemporary Culture, UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro), 1998-99
  • Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, UNICAMP, São Paulo, Winter, 1998