Joel Dinerstein


Offices: Norman Mayer Rm 208
               Newcomb Hall 112
Phone: (504)862-8168
Fax: (403)862-8958




Joel Dinerstein

Associate Professor
James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization

Director, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South
Director, American Studies Program

US Modernism, Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnicity, 19th and 20th Century US Literature, Technology Studies, African-American Studies


Joel Dinerstein is the author of an award-winning cultural study of jazz and industrialization, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture (2003), as well as several articles theorizing the concept of cool in postwar jazz, film noir, and literature.  He is the co-curator and co-author of American Cool, an American Studies and photography exhibit opening at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in February 2014.  He has served as a consultant for popular music and jazz for Putomayo Records, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the NEH, and several university presses.  He received the Student Body Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2005 and teaches courses at the intersection of modernism, popular culture, African-American Studies, and contemporary literature.  He is a jazz DJ on WWOZ-FM in New Orleans and writes often on the city's second-line culture.  He is currently finishing up a cultural history, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (University of Chicago, 2015).

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 504-865-4000