Tim Raphael is a Professor in the Department of Arts Culture and Media and Director of the Center for Migration and the Global City and Co-Director of Newest Americans. He has devised, directed and produced over fifty theatrical productions at venues that include The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, Theater For A New Audience and New York Theater Workshop. He has also written extensively about the intersection of politics, popular culture and performance for a variety of journals, and in the book The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance. He holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has taught Theater, Performance Studies, and American Studies at Ursinus College, Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, and the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal. He has won awards for his teaching including The Rutgers Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
The Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC) is an incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, multimedia publication, innovative pedagogy and civic engagement that addresses both the local and global dimensions of migration. CMGC fosters migration research across academic disciplines and the development of educational resources, multimedia curriculum, and public programming that contribute to a better understanding of the impact of contemporary migration and its historical roots.
Newest Americans is a multimedia collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, faculty and students telling the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation and the global city of Newark, NJ. The project produces multimedia stories, gallery and museum exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational curriculum.
The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance examines Reagan’s immersion in radio, film and television to understand how the techniques and technologies of electronic media have transformed American politics and political representation.