American Studies
American Studies

Nicholas Bloom


Doctoral Student
Nicholas Bloom

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19th and 20th century US history; Atlantic slavery; the US South; early history of North America and the Caribbean; migration and diaspora; colonialism and modernity; critical theories of race and racism; critical theories of gender; intellectual history and political theory; radical political imaginary/the black radical tradition; Marxism; anti-colonial/postcolonial political projects; resistance literature; sports and popular music.

Biography


Nicholas Bloom is a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  His current research focuses on the relationship between identity formation, morality, desire, and political economy in the 19th Century plantation system, paying particular attention to processes and experiences of violence.  

 

Nicholas' M.A. Report, entitled "The Moral Investment in Anti-Black Violence:  White Overseers in the 19th Century Cotton Kingdom," considers the martial sense of moral duty that white overseers developed in relationship to the brutal violence of their profession.  Drawing on overseer notebooks, letters, planter instructions, and narratives and interviews of the formerly enslaved, his Report explores the power of this sense of duty as a key motivating force for overseers, and a crucial component in the formation and reproduction of violently constituted racial hierarchies.  Nicholas received his M.A. degree in American Studies from UT-Austin in the Spring of 2017.

 

Nicholas graduated with a B.A. in English with a History concentration from Columbia University. He worked as a middle school English teacher, a museum educator, and a curatorial assistant before beginning graduate school, and has since worked as a Teaching Assistant and a Supplemental Instructor in UT-Austin's Department of American Studies.  He works as an academic mentor and tutor for UT-Austin student-athletes, and helps to run the American Studies Department's social media accounts.  Nicholas is also a recorded singer-songwriter and performer.

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