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John Gronbeck-Tedesco

Associate Professor of American Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2010

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7241
  • Email:
  • Office: B-214
  • Office Hours: TF 8:30-9:30 am; W 12:30-2:00 pm


  • PhD. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2009

Courses Offered:

  • Pursuing the American Dream
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • American Empire
  • Cultures of the American Left

Teaching Interests:

  • U.S. Cultural History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Social Movements

Research Interests:

  • U.S. & Latin American Politics
  • Culture in the 20th Century

Scholarly Activity:

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  • “Operation Pedro Pan, Memory, and the Statecraft of Childhood,” in Little Nations: Childhood, Family, and the State in Cold War Latin America (Forthcoming)
  • “Of Violence and Mourning: Sovereignty, Containment, and Modern Governmentality,” Journal of Social Philosophy 50.1(2019): 113-126
  • “Culture and Crisis in the Age of Tolerance,” Journal of Language, Literature, and Culture 64.3 (2017): 213-227
  • “Rethinking the Nation and the Body Politic:  The Wrestler and the Demise of American Exceptionalism,” in E. Abele and J. Gronbeck-Tedesco, eds., Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism 
  • “Documenting The Crime of Cuba: An Américan Left and the 1933 Cuban Revolution,” American Quarterly 66.3 (2014): 633-66
Recent Web Articles
Recent Book Reviews
  • Review of From the Tricontinental to the Global South: Race, Radicalism, and Transnational Solidarity, by Anne Garland Mahler, AmericanHistorical Review (Forthcoming)
  • Review of America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines, by Michael E. Neagle, The Americas: The Quarterly Review of Latin American History 75.4 (2018): 804-80
  • Review of Fighting over Fidel, by Rafael Rojas, Journal of American Studies 51.2 (2017): E27
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