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One of America's leading cultural historians

Dr. H. Bruce Franklin is widely recognized as one of America’s leading cultural historians. His 19 books and many hundreds of articles and lectures have had profound influence on several fields including the study of Herman Melville, science fiction, the history and literature of the Vietnam War, the writings of slaves and prisoners, and the marine environment. Among his numerous prizes and awards the American Studies Association has given him its highest award for lifetime achievement.

His wide-ranging interdisciplinary work makes him an exciting teacher who has inspired many students over the decades. Influenced by his own experience as a factory worker, deck hand on a tugboat, and a navigator and intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command, his teaching is known for connecting with the real lives of his undergraduate and graduate students.

After teaching at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, and Yale, Franklin came to Rutgers-Newark in 1975. In 1987, he was awarded R-N’s first named chair, the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, and selected as R-N's Distinguished Research Scholar in 2007.

Franklin retired in fall 2015.

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