- Interim Chair of American Studies
- Director of Graduate Studies
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Lawrence, KS 66045
Ben Chappell is an ethnographer and cultural critic working in areas of Mexican American studies, vernacular cultural production and performance, neoliberalism, fascism, and critical university studies. He founded and convenes the Ethnography Caucus of the American Studies Association.
- Cultural Studies
- U.S. in Global Context
- American Identities
Selected Publications —
Chappell, Ben. 2022. "University Studies: Up Close and Critical" (review article). American Studies 61 (2): 55-69.
Chappell, Ben. 2021. Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Vernacular Sport. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Chappell, Ben. 2020. “Traditions of the Oppressed: Popular Aesthetics and Layered Barrio Space Against the Erasure of Gentrification in Austin.” In The Everyday Life of Urban Inequality: Ethnographic Case Studies of Global Cities, Angela D. Storey, Megan Sheehan, and Jessica Bodoh-Creed, eds. Pp. 87-104. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Selected Presentations —
University of Regensburg, Germany, Center for International and Transnational Area Studies, 2022. Leibniz ScienceCampus visiting fellow lecture, “Learning Management and Knowledge Ideologies in a ‘Moment of Danger’ for Universities.”
Texas State University, Center for the Study of the Southwest, 2021. “Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Mid-America.”
First annual International Lowrider Studies Conference, University of Utah, 2021. “Lowrider Aesthetics.”
San Diego State University, 2020. “Mexican American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Mid-America.”
Western History Association, Albuquerque, NM, 2020. “Fastpitch in the Railway World: Answering the
Mexican Question on the Playing Field.”
University of Regensburg, Germany, Center for International and Transnational Area Studies, 2020. Entry in the video talk series Transnational Perspectives on the Pandemic.Chappell, B. (11/17/2019). Google’s Lowrider, the Jokers, and the Conquest of the Eastside. American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada