Teaching & Research
Andrew Friedman’s teaching interests include the international history of the United States; space and the built environment; race and racism; U.S. empire and migration; political technologies; and cultural history.
Friedman’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Urban History, Reviews in American History, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Constructs, Work & Culture, The Chicago Tribune, The Believer and The Baffler.
He is the author of Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia (University of California Press). This is a cultural and spatial history that chronicles how the CIA and other "national security" institutions that defined U.S. foreign policy in the era of global decolonization created domestic space around their own headquarters. The project argues for an alternate genealogy for U.S. migration by tracing the social, work and family relationships, formed during violent U.S. endeavors, which carried American agents abroad and migrants from Vietnam, El Salvador, Iran, the Soviet Union, Cuba and elsewhere home to the D.C. suburbs. As U.S. empire expressed itself abroad by developing roads, embassies and villages, its subjects arrived in the covert capital as real estate agents, home owners, mall builders and landscapers, constructing places, living monuments and a complex political space that nurtured, reflected and critiqued U.S. foreign policy and global operations after World War II.