Steve Brier

historian of labor and public education, pedagogue, interactive technologist, (premature) digital humanist, proud grandfather, recovering administrator

I'm a Grad Center Emeritus faculty member. I taught in the Urban Education PhD, Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, MALS, & M.A. in DH programs on the history of public education, technology & pedagogy, DH, & critical university studies. I also taught U.S. labor history as a consortial faculty members at CUNY's School of Labor & Urban Studies.

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[history] [labor history] [education history] [CUNY] [critical university studies] [academic technology] [pedagogy] [digital humanities] [political economy] [teaching] [urban education]


Ph.D. U.S. History UCLA 1992
C.Phil. U.S. History UCLA 1971
M.A. European History, UCLA 1969
B.A. History, UC Berkeley, 1967

  • ProfessorPhD Program in Urban EducationCUNY Graduate Center
  • Founder & Coordinator (2002 to 2017)Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate ProgramCUNY Graduate Center
  • Co-Founder & Co-DirectorNew Media LabCUNY Graduate Center
  • Co-Founder & Co-Director, Digital Humanities TrackM.A. in Liberal StudiesCUNY Graduate Center
  • ProfessorM.A. Program in Digital HumanitiesCUNY Central
  • Senior Academic Technology OfficerProvost's OfficeCUNY Graduate Center
  • Consortial Faculty MemberDept. of Labor StudiesCUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
  • Faculty memberCertificate Program in American StudiesCUNY Graduate Center

* Co-Executive Producer, “The September 11 Digital Archive,” a joint project of the Center for Media and Learning/New Media Lab, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.
*Executive Producer and Co-Author, Who Built America? From the Great War of 1914 to the Dawn of the Atomic Age (Worth Publishers, 2001): an interactive U.S. history CD-ROM.
*Co-Executive Producer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001): an interactive book/CD-ROM/Web site.
*Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer, History Matters: The U.S. History Survey on the Web, a “gateway” Web site for high school and college teachers of U.S. History at
*Co-Creator and Co-Author, Who Built America? From the Centennial Celebration of 1876 to the Great War of 1914, CD-ROM disk (Voyager, 1993).
*Co-author (with Michael Fabricant), Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2016).
* Executive Editor, American Social History Project’s Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, Third Edition, 2 vols. (Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2008).
*Executive Editor, Forever Free: America in the Era of Emancipation and Reconstruction, written by Eric Foner; visual essays by Josh Brown (Knopf, 2005).
*Executive Editor, American Social History Project’s Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, Second Edition, 2 vols. (Worth Publishers, 2000).
*Supervising Editor, American Social History Project, Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: The Civil War and Reconstruction, (The New Press, 1996).
*Supervising Editor and Co-Author, American Social History Project, Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, First Edition, 2 vols. (Pantheon Books, 1990, 1992).
*Co-Editor (with S. P. Benson and R. Rosenzweig), “Critical Perspectives on the Past,” Temple University Press: a series of thirty-nine monographs and essay collections presenting alternative and critical approaches to history, 1986 to 2011.
*Co-Editor (with S. P. Benson and R. Rosenzweig), Presenting the Past: Essays on History and the Public, Temple University Press, 1986.
*Article, “Why the History of CUNY Matters: Using the CUNY Digital History Archive to Teach CUNY’s Past,” Radical Teacher 108: 2017.
*Article, “Confessions of a Premature Digital Humanist,” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 11: Spring 2017.
*Entry, “Herbert G. Gutman,” American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press, 2016.
*Review, Heather Lewis, New York City Public Schools from Brownsville to Bloomberg (New York: Teachers College Press, 2013) in Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Winter 2014).
* Article, “The Ideological and Organizational Origins of the United Federation of Teachers’ Opposition to the Community Control Movement in the New York City Public Schools, 1960-1968,” Labour/Le Travail (Spring 2014).
*Roundtable Discussant, “Reshaping History: The Intersection of Women’s History and Radical History,” 25th Anniversary Special Issue of the Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Winter 2013, 13-45).
*Chapter (with Ferdinando Fasce), “When Italian Workers Fight: Ethnic Nationalism and Class Struggle in the Progressive Era,” in Immigration et Travail aux Etats-Unis, Bénédicte Deschamps et Isabelle Richet (dirs.), Paris, L’Harmattan, 45-66 (Fall 2013).
*Review, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, B. Hirsch, ed., Open Book Publishers, 2012 in LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 2013. Available online at: ( ).
*Article, “History, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy: Past Successes and Future Directions,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Société Historique du Canada, 23, 2 (Spring 2013).
*Article, “‘Where’s the Pedagogy?’ The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities (M.K. Gold, ed.), University of Minnesota Press (2012). Available in an interactive, open-access version at:
*Article (with Joshua Brown), “The September 11 Digital Archive: Saving the Histories of September 11, 2001,” Radical History Review (Fall 2011), 101-09.
*Article (with Ferdinando Fasce), “Italian Militants and Migrants and the Language of Solidarity in the Early Twentieth-Century Western Coal Fields,” Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 2011), 88-121. Winner, 2012 Working Class Studies Association’s C.L.R. James Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences.