Megan Black

Megan Black began the Ph.D. program in American Studies in Fall 2009 after receiving her B.A. in English and Film Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her dissertation, “The Global Interior: Imagining Minerals in the Postwar Expansion of American Capitalism” investigates the collaboration of the American state and corporations in pursuit of ever-widening mineral frontiers in the Cold War. At the surprising center of this project was the U.S. Department of the Interior, an overtly insular arm of the U.S. government that drew on its history of settler colonialism in its global mineral efforts. The dissertation traces the political, economic, and cultural foundations of this far-reaching material project and illuminates the linkages between U.S. global domination and the domestic oppression of Native Americans. Her article, “Interior’s Exterior: The State, Mining Companies, and Resource Ideologies in the Point Four Program” is forthcoming in Diplomatic History in 2015.
Megan is the recipient of the Gene Wise-Warren Susman prize for best graduate student paper from the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Annette Kolodny prize in environmental studies from Duke University Press and ASA. She has received grants and fellowships from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Lyndon B. Johnson library, and Harry S. Truman Library. She has taught the courses “Modern American Cultural History,” “U.S. Media and Cultural History,” “World War II in History and Memory,” and “Science Politics and Society.”