English and American Studies at Yale University. His
Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to
Walker Evans (1990) was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for
outstanding scholarship in American art by the National
Museum of American Art. His other books include Brooklyn
Bridge: Fact and Symbol (1965) and The Incorporation of America: Culture
and Society in the Gilded Age (1982). He has published numerous essays
on American cultural history, specifically literary topics,
technology and urbanism, and photography.
He has held several visiting positions, including Fulbright
professorships at Leningrad State University and at the Kyoto
American Studies Seminar and visiting professor in the Science,
Technology, and Pronian Institution at MIT.
Professor Trachtenberg received his A.B. at Temple
University, an M.A. at the University of Connecticut, and a
Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is the Phi Beta
Kappa visiting scholar for 1992-93.