Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Jacques Vest
Lecturer
University of Michigan
Department of History

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. American History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, (Defended March 2018.) Dissertation Title: “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930.” Advisers: James Cook, Professor of History and American Culture. Howard Brick, Louis Evans Chair in U.S. History.

M.A., History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, 2010. Thesis Title: “Making Authenticity: Polk Miller and the Evolution of American Popular Culture.”Adviser: John Kneebone, Associate Professor of History.

B.A., History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2008.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

United States History-19th and 20th Centuries

History of Capitalism

Science and Technology Studies- History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Intellectual History- Modern European and American political, economic and social thought.

Cultural History- Vernacular Music, History of the Senses.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017—Henry Belin Du Pont Research Grant. Awarded by the Hagley Museum and Library.

2017—University of Michigan Department of History Research/Study/Travel Grant (RSTG).

2016-2017—Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship.

2016—University of Michigan Department of History Sidney Fine Teaching Partnership (Awarded with Prof. James Cook).

2015—University of Michigan Department of History Research/Study/Travel Grant (RSTG).

2014—Graduate Student Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School.

2013—Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Michigan's Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

2013—Rackham Centennial Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School.

2013—Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. Awarded by the Social Science Research Council.

2011—Rackham Merit Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.

2010—James Tice Moore Graduate Essay Award. Awarded by the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of History.

RESEARCH

Publications

“Prescribing Sound: Willem Van de Wall and the Carceral Origins of Twentieth Century Music Therapy” (Under Review)

“Barbarians in the Agora: American Market Anarchism, 1945-2000,” In The Routledge Handbook of Anarchy, eds. Gary Chartier and Chad Van Schoelandt (New York: Routledge, 2019) (Forthcoming).

“Lewis Calvin DeWitt," “John Easter,” and “David Lane Elder,” In Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Vol. 4 (Richmond: Library of Virginia).

"Polk Miller's Old South Quartette: Interracial Stage Performance at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 120 (2012): 144-76.

Presentations

“Un-laboring the Phonograph: Technological Change and the Corporate Enchantment of American Sound Recording.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for United States Intellectual History, Chicago, Illinois, November 8-11, 2018.

“Ready-Made: Victor Talking Machine Company and the Technological Aesthetic of Centralization.” Presented at the 2018 meeting of the Society for the History of Technology, St. Louis, Missouri, October 11-14, 2018.

“Early Sound Recording and the Enchantment of Modernity.” Presented as part of the panel “Haunted Modernity: Modes of Enchantment in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century America” at the 2018 meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, California.

“On the Bottling of Souls: The Metaphysics of Sound Reproduction, 1878-1929.” Presented at Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History, Stony Brook University, April 29-30, 2016.

"Musical Tone and Materiality in the Early Recording Industry." Presented at the 2014 meeting of the Society for American Music.

"Vox Machinae: On Sound and Materiality." Presented before the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies (University of Michigan,) October 2013.

"Crazy Words, Crazy Tune: Early Twentieth Century American Music and the Trope of Insanity." Presented at the 2011 Rackham Graduate School (University of Michigan,) Interdisciplinary Colloquium.

"Musical Earthquakes: Polk Miller, his Old South Quartette, and the Twentieth Century South." Presented at the 2010 Virginia Forum at Christopher Newport University.

"Dixie's New Bohemia: Ethnicity and Agriculture in Virginia's Southside." Presented at the 2010 Meeting of the Agricultural History Society in Orlando Florida.

Blog Posts

“On Nippers, Nipper-Napping and the New York Public Library,” Blog of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, August, 2018.

“Mr. and Mrs. Talking Machine: The Euphonia, the Phonograph and the Gendering of Nineteenth Century Mechanical Speech.” Sounding Out Blog, November, 2018.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Classes Taught

History 262: The American South (Lecturer). University of Michigan Department of History, Winter 2019.

History 369: U.S. Mass Culture from Minstrelsy to Hip Hop (Lecturer). University of Michigan Department of History, Winter 2019.

History 390: Sound and Hearing in American History (Lecturer). University of Michigan Department of History, Fall 2018.

History 196: Slavery’s Capitalism(?): Free and Unfree Labor and the Market in American History (Lecturer). University of Michigan Department of History, Fall 2018.

Graduate Student Instructor for History 101: What is History?, under Professors Farina Mir and Victoria Langland. University of Michigan Department of History, Fall 2017.

Graduate Student Instructor for History 260: U.S. History to 1865, under Professor Maris Vinovskis. University of Michigan Department of History, Winter 2014.

Graduate Student Instructor for History 374: The Politics and Culture of the “Sixties,” under Professor Matthew Countryman. University of Michigan Department of History, Fall 2013.

Graduate Student Instructor For History 369: The Emergence of U.S. Mass Culture: from Minstrelsy to Hip Hop, under Professor James Cook. University of Michigan Department of History, Winter 2013.

Graduate Student Instructor for History 346: History of American Radicalism, under Professor Howard Brick. University of Michigan Department of History, Fall 2012.

Teaching assistant for History 101: Survey of European History, under Professor Joseph Bendersky. Virginia Commonwealth University Department of History. Fall 2008 to Winter 2010.

Teaching Presentations

“Anarchism: Theory and Praxis from Godwin to the Spanish Civil War,” February 2nd, 2016. Guest lecture in Chad van Schoelandt’s PHIL 3660-01: ANARCHY: Introduction to Anarchy. Tulane University.

“The Early Recording Industry,” April 2nd, 2013. Guest lecture in Prof. James Cook’s History 369: The Emergence of U.S. Mass Culture. University of Michigan.

“Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto,” Nov 1st. 2012. Guest lecture in Howard Brick’s History 346: The History of American Radicalism. University of Michigan.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2018 Social Activism Liaison for History 272: The Modern Civil Rights Movement. (Coordinated collaborations between students and community partners, such as activist group, Washtenaw [County] Faces Race.)

2018 Co-Coordinator for the University of Michigan American History Workshop, U.S. History Graduate Student Conference, May, 2018.

2016 Co-Coordinator for “A New Materialism? Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy,” Two-Day Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan, Department of History, April, 2016.

2016-2017 Co-founder and organizer of the Music and Sound Studies Workshop. Funded by the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.

2014-2016 Co-founder and organizer of the New Materialisms Working Group. Funded by the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, “From Swing to Hip Hop: Musical Performance at the University of Michigan, 1920-1990.” Public history exhibition in celebration of the University of Michigan Bicentennial, Fall 2016.

Research Assistant under Professor James Cook. University of Michigan Department of History, 2015-2017.

Grading Assistant for History 361: US Intellectual History, 1750-1940, under Professor John Carson. University of Michigan Department of History, Winter 2015.

Graduate Internship at the Library of Virginia as writer/researcher for the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. June, 2009- December 2009.

Content author for Robert R. Moton Civil Rights Museum, Prince Edward Virginia.

Content author for the Fort Pickett Officers’ Club, Military Transportation Museum.

Undergraduate Internship at Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg, Virginia, summer 2008.