David Parsons is a social and cultural historian of 20th century America. His primary research interests include the Vietnam War in American memory, social and political protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the shifting landscape of media and technology. His book, Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) maps a narrative history that re-contextualizes the relationship between American soldiers and the antiwar movement. While currently performing research and writing for a large public exhibition of Vietnam War history at the New-York Historical Society, he also hosts a weekly podcast called The Nostalgia Trap that uses personal biographies to explore the social, political, and cultural history of the past several decades.
Teaching and Research Interests
American social and political history; film studies; the Vietnam War; American memory; 1960s and 1970s protest movements; the politics of public space; media and technology; oral history
B.A. Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000 Ph.D. History, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012