Executive Director; Senior Lecturer on History and Literature
Steven Biel is Executive Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard and Senior Lecturer in History and Literature, where he served as Director of Studies from 1999 to 2006. He is the author of American Gothic: A Life of America’s Most Famous Painting (W.W. Norton, 2005), Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (W.W. Norton, 1996), and Independent Intellectuals in the United States, 1910-1945 (New York University Press, 1992), and the editor of American Disasters (NYU Press, 2001) and Titanica: The Disaster of the Century in Poetry, Song, and Prose (W.W. Norton, 1998). His teaching has covered a wide range of topics in U.S. cultural history, including social protest and reform, public intellectual life, Hollywood cinema, popular fiction, the 1920s and 1930s, post-Second World War gender and sexuality, the Vietnam War, the history and literature of California and the U.S. West, and the history and literature of New York City.
Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (W.W. Norton, 1996; updated edition, 2012) by Steven Biel
American Gothic: A Life of America’s Most Famous Painting (W.W. Norton, 2005), by Steven Biel