My name is Sean F. Cashbaugh, and I’m an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in American literary and cultural history, cultures of American Leftist radicalism, political aesthetics, cinema studies, and twentieth century underground cultures. I am a postdoctoral lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program at Princeton University. I completed my doctorate in American Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where I also received certification in the graduate portfolio program in cultural studies at the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies. I am currently revising my manuscript, tentatively titled A Story of Suckcess: The Emergence of Underground Culture. It explores the emergence of the idea of “the underground” as a cultural concept in postwar America. My writing has appeared in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Quarterly Horse: A Journal of Brief American Studies, Syllabus, H-Net Commons, In Media Res, The End of Austin, WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, and Science & Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis. I’ve taught courses about writing and rhetoric, science fiction, American Marxism, and dissent in American culture.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent most of my life moving around the Middle East and the United States. After seven years in Austin, I now live in New York City with my family. Outside of my research, I enjoy hiking and landscape photography. Also, I’m a Star Trek devotee: Deep Space 9 is the best series, without a doubt.