Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor

English, American Studies, SCORE
O'Leary 465


Journalism, American Studies, Composition and Popular Culture

Research Interests

American Studies, American Literature, Music, Popular Culture


  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Texas at Austin


Jonathan Silverman is professor and chair of English at UMass Lowell. He is the editor of "Astros and Asterisks: The Houston Sign-Stealing Scandal Explained" (University of Texas Press, 2023) He is the co-author with Michael Hinds of "Johnny Cash International: How and Why the World Loves the Man in Black" (University of Iowa Press, 2020), winner of the Peggy O’Brien Book Award; author of "Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010); the co-author with Dean Rader of "The World Is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking about Culture and Its Contexts" (Pearson/Broadview, 2002-2018, five editions); and the co-editor with Meghan Sweeney of "Remaking the American College Campus" (McFarland, 2016). He has served as the Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway (2007-2008) and was a John H. Daniels fellow at the National Sporting Library (2013-2014).

He has published articles on horse racing in "The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing," "The Journal of Sport History," "Poor Yorick," "Post" and "The End of Austin" as part of a larger work on horse racing in progress. He has published work in "Prospects," "Kugelmass," "The Rumpus," "The Journal of the American West" and "The Journal of Radicalism," and wrote for PBS’s website, Remotely Connected.