Austin, Joe

Associate Professor, Graduate Director

Professor Austin is not currently accepting new graduate students for the MA or the PhD.


PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1996
BA, Historical Studies, University of Houston at Clear Lake, 1986

Research Interests

History of Youth and Adolescence
US 20th c Urban History
Visual and Print Cultures

Teaching Areas

Modern Studies, Intellectual History, and Social/Cultural Theory
Popular Culture
US Cities
Youth and Youth Cultures

Courses Offered:

Hist 152 - U.S. History Survey, 1877-Present
Hist 293 - Seminar on Historical Method: Theory and Approach
Hist 449 - History of U.S. Popular Culture
Hist 600 - Capstone: Popular Culture and Milwaukee History
Hist 741 - Backgrounds to the Modern
Hist 800 - History of Popular Cultures
Hist 841 - Queer Theory
Hist 900 - History of Youth
Hist 940 - History of Cities

Other Activities

Modern Studies Faculty
Urban Studies Faculty
Committee Member, Child and Adolescent Studies Certificate
Committee Member, LGBT Studies Certificate

Selected Publications

Austin, Joe A. “From the City Walls to “Clean Trains”: Graffiti in New York City, 1969-1990.” Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art. Routledge, (2016).
Austin, Joe A. “Three Short Essays for Athens.” No Respect: Graffiti and Street Art at the Onassis Cultural Centre. Ed. Karra, Marilena V., and currator, exhibition. (2014).
Austin, Joe A. “Review of The Street Art World.” Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History 83.4 (2014): 2.
Austin, Joe A. “We Built the City Walls.” Blek Le Rat. Art Publishing LTD, (2011): 9-13.
Austin, Joe A. “More to see than a canvas in a white cube: For an art in the street.” City 14.1 (2010): 21-35.
Austin, Joe A. “Graffiti, Gender, and Youth (20th c.).” Childern and Youth in History. Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, (2008).
Austin, Joe A. “Rome is Burning (Psychedelic): Traces of the Social and Historical Contexts of Psychedelia.” Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era. Ed. Grunenberg, Christoph. Tate Publishing, (2005): 189-196.