Laura Wittern-Keller

Ph.D., University at Albany
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., University at Albany

060E Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301


Undergraduate Courses:

HIS 100: American Political and Social History I
HIS 101: American Political and Social History II
HIS 313: Constitutional History of the United States
HIS 315: Roosevelt to Reagan, 1933-1988
HIS 317: History of the American City to 1860
HIS 318: History of the American City since 1860
HIS 328: Lawyers in American Life, 1607 to Present

Graduate Courses:

HIS 603: Readings in United States History
HIS 609: Seminar in American History
HIS 630: Readings in Public Policy
HIS 631: Seminar in Public Policy

Current Research Interests:

I have three areas of research interest that I would love to share with students: United States constitutional history in general and free speech and the First Amendment in particular; movie history, particularly the control of movie content; and deportations from the U.S. for ideological reasons. I have recently also begun to delve deeply into urban American history, particularly of Albany, Detroit, and New York City.

Most Recent Publication:

"All the Power of the Law: Governmental Film Censorship in the United States," in Daniel Biltereyst and Roel Vande Winkel, eds, Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court, co-authored with Raymond J. Haberski, Jr., University Press of Kansas Landmark Law Case series, October 2008.

Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981, University Press of Kentucky, January 2008.

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