About Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy

In my teaching and research I am interested in the relationship between popular culture and political ideologies. My areas of scholarship include American studies and Canadian literature, British culture and literature, and Eastern European film. I received my Ph.D in 2006 from University of Bucharest, Romania. In 2012, I was a Kluge fellow at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC, and in 2019 I was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the American Studies Department at University of Bucharest, Romania. I am a Associate Teaching Professor in the Global and Intercultural Studies Department at Miami University, Ohio, the American Studies program. My latest book, Between Empire and Republic: America in the Canadian Colonial imagination came out in 2022. You can find examples of my public-facing writing in The Conversation, LARB, the Washington Post, and Popula.
East to West. Exploring North American culture in relationship to the Cold War.
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NBN Episodes hosted by Oana:

Johnny Walker, "Rewind, Replay: Britain and the Video Boom, 1978-92" (Edinburgh UP, 2022)

April 7, 2023

Rewind, Replay

Johnny Walker

Nostalgia for the 1980s is in the air. From Stranger Things to the relaunch of 80s franchises like Top Gun, the American entertainment industry casts …

Tyler Wentzell, "Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War" (U Toronto Press, 2019)

October 14, 2022

Not for King or Country

Tyler Wentzell

Over two decades before the hard lines of the Cold War were drawn in North America, and long before any accurate information about what was happening …

Andrew Hunt, "We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes: Late Cold War Culture in the Age of Reagan" (U Massachusetts Press, 2022)

May 27, 2022

We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes

Andrew Hunt

Ronald Reagan’s hagiography has created an entire mythology around the 40th president of the US; anticommunism and the fight against the ‘Evil Empire’…