Richard C. Rath
Early America, Native American History, History of the Senses
Office: Sakamaki B203
Phone: (808) 956-7139
Email Dr. Rath
BA Millersville, 1991; PhD Brandeis, 2001
Richard Cullen Rath is associate professor of history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He teaches courses on early America, Native Americans, and the history of media and the senses. He is the author of How Early America Sounded and is currently working on two books, one an introduction to the history of hearing and the other comparing the rise of print culture in eighteenth-century North America to the rise of internet culture today. He has also written three award-winning articles on music, creolization and African American culture. In addition, Rath is a musician who has found ways to use music to “do” history whenever possible.
Courses offered by Dr. Rath include: Early America Hist 461/632b, Native American history (Hist 460), Sensory history, Media history, U.S. Survey to 1865, Music as African American history, Senior thesis seminar, Creole Histories.
"Hearing American History," Journal of American History, (2008).
"Mediation and Sensory History in Early America” in Early American Mediascapes (Durham, N.C.: forthcoming).
How Early America Sounded (Ithaca, 2003).
• Richard Cullen Rath, “Hearing American History,” The Journal of American History 95, no. 2 (September 2008),
• Richard Cullen Rath, “African music in seventeenth-century Jamaica: cultural transit and transition,” William and Mary Quarterly 50, no. 3 (1993): 700-726.
• Richard Cullen Rath, “Echo and Narcissus: The Afrocentric Pragmatism of W. E. B. Du Bois,” Journal of American History 84 (1997): 461-495.
• Richard C Rath, “Drums and Power: Ways of Creolizing Music in Coastal South Carolina and Georgia, 1730-1790,” in Creolization in the Americas: Cultural Adaptations to the New World, ed. Steven Reinhardt and David Buisseret (Arlington, TX: Texas A&M Press, 2000), 99-130.