Andrew Walgren's research broadly focuses on the relationship between mass media, popular culture, the military, and the state in the United States during the First World War. Specifically, he examines the complex web of cultural institutions, actors, and organizations that transformed America's national cultural apparatus during World War I, including the Committee on Public Information, the Stage Women's War Relief, Irving Berlin, the Over There Theatre League, and James Reese Europe. His scholarship addresses themes of cultural democracy, sensory history, the culture industry, militarization, mass media, and nationalism.
Walgren's work has been recognized and supported by the New York Public Library, the University of Alabama's Frances S. Summersell Center for Study of the South, the University of South Carolina, George Mason University, and the American Cultural Association. In 2020, his scholarship was awarded the Wilfrid and Rebecca Callcott Foundation Award for Excellence in Historical Research. He has presented his research at the Society for Military History, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the South Carolina Historical Association, and the American Cultural Association. In addition, Walgren's teaching has been recognized by the University of South Carolina's Bridge Humanities Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship program, where he taught seminar-style courses in ethics, advocacy, and public policy.
Walgren currently serves as an editor at H-History and Theory and has upcoming chapters in the Routledge History of the Senses and the Routledge History of the First World War. His dissertation, "Media Combat: The Great War and the Transformation of American Culture," is currently under revisions in preparation for publication.
In his spare time, Walgren enjoys old-school gaming, camping, walking his two beloved dogs, and suffering as a fan of Arsenal football.
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2021
M.A., University of South Carolina, 2016
B.A., University of Georgia, 2013