Devin Shane Mccutchen
M.A. U.S. History. University of California, Los Angeles. 2012.
B.A. History Major and Music Minor. University of California, Berkeley. 2008.
California, Cultural, Urban, Western US, Public History
I am currently researching changes in spatial organization, urban form and civic memory in San Francisco from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s. My research focuses on the transition to a tourism economy, the effects of urban redevelopment and gentrification, contests over highrise and freeway construction, and the rise of historic preservation efforts. Furthermore, I attempt to tie these changes to the creation of an historically-themed civic identity for San Francisco newly created in the post-war decades.
Additionally, I am also interested in American musical traditions and the use of music as historical documents.
I also Tweet about San Francisco History: @DevinMcCutchen
- Arsenal: A Digital Humanities Rolodex. Article contributor and on Design/Interface team; project attributed to Miriam Posner and UCLA Digital Humanities 201 Class. 2012.
- "A Family History at North Beach's 'Gold Spike" Article written for Untapped Cities, November 3, 2011.
Public History Work:
- Youth mentor for the "SoHDA History Day" project at the School of History and Dramatic Arts at Los Angeles Unified School District's Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies, organized through the UCLA History Department's Public History Initiative. 2012-2013. Los Angeles, CA.
- “Conquistadors, Pioneers and Librarians: The Intellectual World of the Zamorano Club and Southern California’s Bibliophilic Elites of the 30s and 40s” Talk given at the Mission San Gabriel History Forum. October 6, 2012. San Gabriel, CA.
- "Think California" On curatorial team for exhibit at the California Historical Society. Opened September 25, 2009. San Francisco, CA.
- "In the Quiet of the Hillside I Heard Voices Inaudible in the Noisy City: Reading Dana W. Bartlett's Los Angeles Environmental Ideology Through to The Bush Aflame" Paper presented at the UCLA History Graduate Students Association Conference. October 8, 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
- "Musical Applications and Design Techniques for the Gametrak Tethered Spatial Position Controller" Co-presenter of paper presented at the Sound and Music Computing Conference. July 2009. Porto, Portugal.
- "Feel-Good Stories About Ugly Complexities: The Mexican-War and California Statehood" UCLA History 13B: History of the US and Its Colonial Origins-19th Century, Prof. Ellen DuBois. Winter, 2013.
Grants and Awards
- UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program in the Humanities & Social Sciences. 2012.
- UCLA Library Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition, First Place Graduate Prize for the collection "Imagined California: A Pastiche of Places." 2011
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