David E. Nye





David E. Nye
Professor emeritus 

Center for American Studies
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M
Tel: +45 6550 3132
E-mail: nye@sdu.dk

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  • David's podcast - Hear David Nye talk about himself and his academic interests

David E. Nye graduated from Amherst College and completed his MA and PhD at the University of Minnesota. He has taught American studies in the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark, and lectured throughout Europe on American history and culture.

The 28 books he has edited or written include, most recently, The Environmental Humanities, A Critical Introduction (2017), America's Assembly Line (2013) and When the Lights Went Out (2010). His Electrifying America (1990) won the Dexter Prize and the Abel Wolman Award. His most frequently cited book is American Technological Sublime (1994).  His America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings (MIT, April, 2003) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His Technology Matters: Questions to Live With was translated into French and German and received the Sally Hacker Prize in 2009.  He has appeared on the BBC and American public radio, and he was the narrator and one of the scriptwriters for the eight part Danish television series, "Inventing Modern America." 

He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of American History and serves on the editorial board for several book series including the presses of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts. He was on the Danish-American Fulbright Board from 1987 until 1997. He was the first chair of SDU's Center for American Studies, and has served as President of the Danish Association for American Studies, Vice-President of the Nordic Association for American Studies, and co-editor of the journal, American Studies in Scandinavia from 1996 to 2003. 

He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, MIT, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Leeds, Cambridge, Notre Dame, and Warwick. In 2005 he received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology, its highest honor. In 2014 Professor Nye was knighted by the Queen of Denmark

Click here to read David Nye's article "Technology" (pdf)
Click here to read David Nye's article American Studies in Stereo: Perspectives from the Nordic Nations (pdf)

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