Paul M. Farber is a scholar of American and Urban Studies. He is currently a Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at Haverford College. Farber received a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. He previously was the Doctoral Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and a visiting scholar in the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Farber's research focuses on 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. He traces the multifaceted story of how the Berlin Wall emerged as an integral part of the cultural imagination in the United States during the Cold War, especially related to matters of race, gender, sexuality, and national belonging.
Throughout his research and curatorial work, Farber maintains a continued practice of working directly with artists in order to together engage, revisit, and re-imagine their archives. Farber is the curator of the traveling exhibition, The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, and is co-curator of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage-funded public art and history project, Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. He currently serves as the inaugural Scholar in Residence for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
He has contributed essays to numerous edited collections and advised the production of several photography books including This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications, 2013) and Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990 (powerHouse, 2013). He edited a new critical edition of Made in Germany with the booklet Re-Made: Reading Leonard Freed (Steidl Verlag, 2013), and is the co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on HBO's series, The Wire (2010). His work on popular culture has also previously appeared in the Guardian, Museums & Social Issues, Vibe, and on NPR. He was recently included on Dell's inaugural #Inspire 100 list, a group of "world changers" who use technology to empower social change.
Farber is a co-founder of PATH, the first LGBT student-athlete led advocacy group in the nation, established in 2003.
Haverford College, "The Berlin Wall Inspires Paul Farber’s Exhibit And Haverford Teaching"
Haverford College, "Monument Lab Inspires At City Hall"
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, "Introducing Paul Farber, Mural Arts’ First Scholar-in-Residence"
Contact : pfarber [at] haverford [dot] edu
Photo Credit: Zhujun "BamBoo" Ding