Julian C. Chambliss is a Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR). His research interests focus on race, culture, and power in real and imagined urban spaces. His recent writing has appeared in American Historical Review, Phylon, Frieze Magazine, Rhetoric Review, and Boston Review. An interdisciplinary scholar he has designed museum exhibitions, curated art shows, and created public history projects that trace community, ideology, and power in the United States.  
He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a book examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His recent book projects include Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain (2018) and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (2018). Chambliss is co-producer and host of Every Tongue Got to Confess, a podcast examining communities of color.  Every Tongue is the winner of the 2019 Hampton Dunn New Media Award from the Florida Historical Society. In addition, he co-produced and co-hosted with Dr. Robert Cassanello from the University of Central Florida of The Florida Constitution Podcast, a limited series podcast that won the 2019 Hampton Dunn Internet Award from Florida Historical Society. He is the producer and host of Reframing History, a podcast exploring humanities theory and practice in the United States. 


Ph.D.; United States History, University of Florida.  2004.

Other Publications


Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History edited by Walter Greason and Julian C. Chambliss (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018).

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2018)

Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Thomas C. Donaldson (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, September 2014), Paperback.

Book Chapters
“A Different Nation: Continuing a Legacy of Decolonization in Black Panther,” in Ages of the Black Panther edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2020).
“Brotherman and Big City: A Commentary on Superhero Geography,” in More Critical Approaches to Comics edited by Matthew J. Smith, Randy Duncan, and Matthew Brown (New York: Routledge, 2019).
“March 4, 1893,” in Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers by Matthew F. Delmont, (Stanford University Press, 2019).

“Don’t Call Them Memorials,” in Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders edited by David Allison (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018).


Julian C. Chambliss and Michael Gunter, “Understanding Our Urban Environment Better,” in Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level edited by Walter Leal Filho and Paul Pace (Springer International Publishing, 2016).

“Archetype or Token?: The Challenge of the Black Panther,” in Marvel Comics into film: Essays on adaptations since the 1940s edited by Matthew McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2016).

“War Machine: Blackness, Power, and Identity in Iron Man,” in The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2015).
Martha S. Cheng and Julian C. Chambliss, “The 1909 Plan of Chicago as Representative Anecdote: Envisioning Citizenship at the Turn of the Century,” Rhetoric Review (April 2016).

Kathryn Tomasek, Julian Chambliss, and Lloyd Benson, “Local Collections and Liberal Education in History,” In Proceedings of the 2012 NITLE Symposium, ed. Rebecca Frost Davis and Lisa Spiro. <http://symposium.nitle.org/concurrent-sessions-tuesday-april-17-2012/session-2-d-panel/local-collections-and-liberal-education-in-history-tomasek-benson-chambliss/

Julian C. Chambliss and Denise K. Cummings, “Florida: The Mediated State,” The Florida Historical Quarterly Volume 90, No 3. (Winter 2012).

Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience,” Juniata Voices Volume 12 (Fall 2012): 145-151.


The Florida Constitution Podcast

In 2018 we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the current Florida Constitution. This podcast series will look back at all the Constitutions in Florida, starting with the first Florida Constitution drafted in 1838.  These interviews were recorded at the 2018 annual meeting of the Florida Conference of Historians. The daylong sessions examined each of the Florida Constitutions and discussed how they addressed the concerns of their time. The sessions took place at the old Senate Chamber in the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.


Every Tongue Got To Confess Podcast

“Every Tongue Got To Confess” is hosted by Professors of History Julian Chambliss (Rollins College) and Robert Cassanello (University of Central Florida). In the same spirit as Zora Neale Hurston – famous African American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist – this podcast explores the experiences and stories of communities of color.

All podcasts are brought to you by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (the official sponsor of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities) as well the Department of History at Rollins College and its Africa and African American Studies Program.

Advocate Recovered

Advocate Recovered is a digital recovery project designed to bring the contents of the Winter Park Advocate, an African-American newspaper published in Winter Park, Florida back to public view.


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Society for American City and Regional Planning History

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