Kara McCormack, Assistant Professor
Kara McCormack received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2013. She holds a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Dr. McCormack honed her teaching skills during her postdoctoral fellowship in the Thinking Matters Program at Stanford University, where she also was a lecturer in the humanities through the American Studies program. More recently, she has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University and a visiting professor and scholar-in-residence at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, public history, cultural memory, and film studies, with emphases on the U.S. West and science fiction.
Dr. McCormack's work has been published in the Journal of Arizona History and by the Lane Center of the American West at Stanford University. Her first book, Imagining Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die, was released by the University Press of Kansas in the spring of 2016. This work focuses on the ways popular culture, history, and the concept of authenticity interact in the historic western town of Tombstone, Arizona, as well as the ways notions of Tombstone and the mythic West have circulated worldwide. Her current project explores the inextricable link between race and UFO tourism in Roswell, New Mexico.
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