M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture, University of Michigan
B.A. in Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Paul M. Farber is a scholar of American and Urban Studies. He has a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. He was previously the Doctoral Fellow in the History of African Americans and Germans/Germany at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and taught in the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Farber's research focuses on transnational urban history, cultural memory, and creative approaches to civic engagement. His current book project is a study of representations of the Berlin Wall in American art, literature, and popular culture from 1961 to the present. Farber is the curator of the traveling exhibition, The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, and is a founding curator of the public art and history project, Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. He is also the inaugural Scholar in Residence for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Farber has recently published essays in several edited collections including Shinkichi Tajiri: Universal Paradoxes (Leiden University Press, 2015), Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), and In Media Res: Race, Identity & Pop Culture in the 21st Century (Bucknell University Press, 2014). He is also the editor of a new critical edition of photographer Leonard Freed's Made in Germany (Steidl Verlag, 2013), and the co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on HBO's series, The Wire (2010).
- The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall (2015)
- Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (2015)
- American Rubble (2014)
- Made in Germany (2013)
- The Wire: A Special Issue (2010)
- Haverford College News – "The Berlin Wall Inspires Paul Farber’s Exhibit And Haverford Teaching"