|Position:||Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies|
Martin Brückner is Professor in the English Department. His teaching and research interests include English literatures of America (16th to 19th c.) and material culture studies; history of American cartography; literary geography of the Atlantic World; print culture and the visual arts; and intellectual history. He earned his M.A. in American Literature and Cultural Geography from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in his native Germany, and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.
His books include The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (2017); Early American Cartographies (2011); American Literary Geographies: Spatial Practice and Cultural Production, 1500-1900 (2007), and The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity (2006). Working as Visiting Curator at the Winterthur Museum, he prepared the exhibition Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience (April 2013 to January 2014) available athttp://commondestinations.winterthur.org/. His essays have appeared in journals as different as American Quarterly, English Literary History, Winterthur Portfolio, and American Art, as well as in numerous essay collections.
He has received grants and post-doctoral fellowships from several institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the University of Mainz. His scholarship has received numerous awards, including the Louis Gottschalk Book Prize in Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Society of Early Americanists Essay Prize, as well as the University’s Francis Alison Young Scholar Award and recently the Excellence in Scholarship Award from the College of Arts and Science. Current projects include two co-edited volumes, Fugitive Archives: The Persistence of Passing Things and Imagined Forms: The Material Culture of Modeling. His work as principle investigator of the digital humanities project—THINGSTOR: A Material Culture Database for Finding Objects in Literature and Visual Art—is featured at https://www.materialculture.udel.edu/. Professor Brückner’s next research monograph explores the relationship between American fiction and material culture in the long nineteenth century.