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.

Academic Interests

[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


Professor, PhD Program in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center
Founder & Coordinator (2002 to 2017), Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate Center
Co-Founder & Co-Director, New Media Lab, CUNY Graduate Center
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Digital Humanities Track, M.A. in Liberal Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
Professor, M.A. Program in Digital Humanities, CUNY Central
Senior Academic Technology Officer, Provost’s Office, CUNY Graduate Center
Consortial Faculty Member, Dept. of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
Faculty member, Certificate Program in American Studies, CUNY 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.