Penn State Harrisburg

John Haddad, Ph.D.

ยท Associate Professor of American Studies and Popular Culture; Humanities


Dr. Haddad holds a Ph.D. in american studies from the University of Texas in 2002 and an M.A. in english from Yale in 1996. While teaching in China and Japan, Dr. Haddad developed an interest in Asia that is reflected in his scholarly interests. His research has investigated ways Americans learned about China in the nineteenth century: museum exhibits, trade objects, travel writing, missionary literature, international expositions, magic lantern shows, and moving pictures. His first book, The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture, 1776-1876, was published by Columbia University Press in 2006. In 2010-2011, he held a Fulbright grant for research and teaching at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Haddad is currently working on a project that explores the creation of Hershey park in the Seventies.

In the area of popular culture, he has also written on Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, ceramics and material culture, and ethnicity. He serves as newsletter editor for the Eastern American Studies Association and has been the national chair of the American Studies Association's committee on regional chapters.