James Deutsch

James Deutsch
Professorial Lecturer in American Studies
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Areas of Expertise

American Film and Folklore

James Deutsch is a curator and editor at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where he has helped plan and develop programs and exhibitions on the Peace Corps, Apollo Theater, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hungary, Mekong River, U.S. Forest Service, World War II, Silk Road, and White House workers. Deutsch has also taught American Studies classes at universities in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Poland, and Turkey. Overall, he has held more than 60 different jobs, including newspaper reporter, librarian, park ranger/forest ranger, census enumerator, and monorail operator at Walt Disney World.


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Ph.D. in American Civilization, George Washington University, 1991.

Master of Librarianship, Emory University, 1979.

M.A. in American Studies, University of Minnesota, 1976.

B.A. in American Civilization, Williams College 1970.