Peter M. Catapano
Professor of History
New York City College of Technology
City University of New York
A survey of significant developments in American history from European contact through the Civil War.
This survey course acquaints students with the major debates, issues and problems in U.S. history since the end of the Civil War.
HIS 3208: U.S. Immigration History
This course traces the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States from colonial times to the present.
I am the author of The Hollywood Brand: Movies and American Modernity published by Routledge Press, 2018.
The Hollywood Brand explores the early cinema and the discursive practices that coalesced to the create the iconic “Hollywood” brand that came to define American identity in the early 20th century.
I have also presented papers on the topic of student learning and historical pedagogy, as well as on the cinematic representation of immigration and immigrant life. I am currently researching the representation of immigration in American film.
I received a Ph.D. in United States History with a concentration in Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine and a M.A. in Film and Television Studies from U.C.L.A