Carrie Tirado Bramen is the author of American Niceness: A Cultural History (Harvard 2017) and The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness (Harvard 2000), which was co-winner of the Thomas J. Wilson prize for best first book published by Harvard University Press. She has written for the Washington Post, The Conversation, and Times Higher Education. She has published on a range of topics from Leslie Fiedler to Argentinian 19c travel writing. Her essay, “Niceness in a Neoliberal Age,” will appear in Public Culture (May 2018). Bramen has received fellowships from the Charles Warren Center at Harvard and the American Antiquarian Society. She is currently Program Chair of C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2016-2018); and since 2017, she has been the Director of the University at Buffalo’s Gender Institute.