Philip F. Napoli
Assistant Professor
US Social and Public History
514 Whitehead Hall
Brooklyn College
City University of New York
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY  11210



1998                            Columbia University, Department of History, New York, NY

                                                Ph.D.  American History

                        Dissertation: Empire of the Middle: Radio and the Emergence of an Electronic Society.  Professor Alan Brinkley, sponsor

 1990                                       M.Phil., American History

 1988                                       M.A., European History

 1982                                       McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada          

                        B.A., Honors in History


Teaching Experience:

2001–Present                          Brooklyn College, Department of History


                                    Undergraduate courses:


Š      The Shaping of the Modern World

Š      US Social History from Reconstruction

Š      Vietnam and the American Experience of War

Š      Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States

Š      History of American Popular Culture

Š      The Public and the Past

Š      Oral History

Š      War and American Society

Š      US Since 1865

Š      The Peopling of New York City


                                    Graduate Courses:


Š      American War in Vietnam

Š      Oral History Theory and Methods

Š      American Immigrant Groups 


1999-2000                   Columbia University, Department of History

            Adjunct Assistant Professor

            America Since 1945

            History of American Popular Culture, 1865-Present


1998-2001                   Brooklyn College, Department of History

            Adjunct Assistant Professor

            Core 4: The Shaping of the Modern World, 1700 to the Present

            History of American Popular Culture, 1865-Present


1998-2000                   Bard College, Clemente Program

            Adjunct Assistant Professor

            American History from Colonial Times to the Present


1999 Spring                            Rutgers University-Newark, Department of History

            Part Time Lecturer

            The United States, 1865-Present

            American Popular Culture, 1865-Present


Oral History Experience:

2003-Present               Brooklyn College Vietnam Project

                                    An oral history of the relationship of New York City and the Vietnam War. Over 215 interviews completed, 600 hours of audio. Personally raised $75,000 for the project.


2004                            The Morgenthau Project

                                    Interviews with the men and women who served under Robert Morgenthau when he headed the US Attorney’s Office for the southern District of New York, 1964-1969.


2001-Present               Brooklyn College Special Collections

                        Interviews with prominent alumni and others.



Spring 2013                New York’s Vietnam: An Oral History (working title) Hill & Wang. In press.


2004                            “Little Italy: Constructing a New Community,” The Italian American        

                                    Review, vol. 9, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2002), 15-38.


2004                            “Creating an Ethnic Strip Mall: Manhattans Little Italy 1965-1995, in Ethnic Communities in New York City, edited by Jerry Krase, Elsevier Press.


1999                            “Radio Censorship, in Censorship: An International Encyclopedia,            Derek Jones, editor, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, UK (1999).


1998                            “Crossing Boundaries: Radio Becomes a Mass Medium,  Columbia Journal of American Studies 3 (Summer/Fall 1998): 163-185.


1998                            Historical Background to the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and From the Capture of the Embassy to the Start of Substantive Negotiations in Revolutionary Days: The Iran Hostage Crisis and The Hague Claims Tribunal: A Look Back, (NY: Juris Publishers, 1999).


1988-1990                   Wrote Time magazines NewsQuest educational computer game. 



2005                            “Public Memory, Private Meaning: New York City's Vietnam Veterans,” Conference on New York State History, Syracuse, NY, June 10-11


2004                            “Brooklyn’s Vietnam,” Brooklyn College Faculty Day       


2004                            “The Arts of Democracy at Brooklyn College: a report on Curricular Innovation and Campus-wide Activities,” Team Member, Box-Lunch Round Table Discussion, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC


2003                            “Creating an Ethnic Strip Mall: Manhattan’s Little Italy, 1965-1995,” Science History conference, Nov. 14, 2003 Baltimore, MD


2003                            “Strangers Like Family: Marvin Miller and His Fans,” the Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, July 31, Madison, Wisc.


1999                            Resisting the 'Asian Invasion': The Campaign to 'Save' New York's Little Italy, 1974-1995, American Historical Association, Washington, D.C.


1998                            Consuming Power: Radio Becomes Commonplace, New England Historical Association, April 18, Burlington, VT


1998              Crossing Boundaries: Radio Becomes A Mass Medium, Popular Culture

             Association & American Culture Association National Conference, April 9 Orlando, FL


1998                            Remapping the Political Stage: Style, Commerce, and the Growth of Media Politics, Broadcast Education Association convention, April 3, Las Vegas, Nevada



Other Creative Works and Scholarly Activity:



                                    2007-Present               “In Our Own Voice: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” Brooklyn Historical Society.


                                    Nov. – Dec. 2002        “The Face of War: Vietnam, 1965-1970”

                                                                        Images from the Culverhouse Collection

                                                                        Lehman Suite, Columbia University.


Grants Funded:

                                    2003-2005                   $50,000 grant for the Brooklyn College Vietnam Oral History Project private source


                                    2003-2005                   $7,900 grant from the Graduate Research and Teaching Initiative, New York State Dormitory Authority. For the purchase of oral history equipment.


                                    2003                            Competitive award for research in the Duke University Rare Book and Manuscript Archive


                                    2002                            PSC-CUNY $4500 for oral history transcription and web site development.


Service on College Committees:

                                    2012-Present               Member, CUNY Integrated Institutional Review Board

2011-2012                   Chair, College Institutional Review Board


                                    2009-2011                   Institutional Review Board


                                    2004-2009                   Institutional Review Board


                                    April 2004                  Adult Degree Scholarships Committee                      


                                    2003-2004                   Faculty Council Committee on Graduate Admissions and Standards


Related Experience:

2002                            Researcher, Tom Brokaw, A Long Way From Home (New York: Random House, 2002)


2000-2001                   Curator, Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers.  Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library. New York, NY  Responsible for all         aspects of the collection and Suite, from collection acquisitions, web     presence and preservation to program planning and implementation.


2001                            Researcher, Tom BrokawAn Album of Memories  (New York: Random   House, 2001).  New York Times #5 Best Seller. A book of letters sent to       Tom Brokaw in response to The Greatest Generation, and The Greatest Generation Speaks.


1999                            Project Manager, Columbia Business School. New York,            NY.  Managed the development and operation of a new on-line course selection system for 1500 MBA candidates.


1998                            Researcher, Tom Brokaw. New York, NY.  For the book The Greatest Generation (New York: Random House, 1998).  New York Times # 1 Best Seller. Responsibilities included conducting interviews with presidential attorney Lloyd Cutler, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger,             former Senator Mark Hatfield, former Secretary of State George Shultz and others, fact-checking, and editorial consultation.


1997-1999                   Editor, Centennial History Project, College Board Online. New York, NY

            Anticipating its 100th anniversary in the year 2000, the College Board is        devoting a portion of its web site to an examination of the history of       American higher education in the 20th century.  Responsibilities included editing submitted interpretive articles, collection and arrangement of            relevant documentation, and writing explanatory materials.


1993-1996                   New York City Tour Guide.

            Conducted public walking tours of Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Ellis Island, and Greenwich Village.


1990-1992                   New York Power Authority. New York, NY

            Historical Consultant.

            Prepared transcripts of 17th and 18th century documents for inclusion in legal briefs on cases concerning property ownership of islands in the St. Lawrence River.



            Reading and translation competence in French and Italian


Community Service

2003                            Program Volunteer, Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY  11210


1998-1999                   Member of the Board of Directors, Katherine Gibbs Scholarship & Research Foundation. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that raises money through donations and awards fellowships to outstanding career-minded high school graduates.


January 17, 2013