I am a PhD Candidate in the History and Art History Department at George Mason University (GMU). While at GMU I have worked as a Digital History Fellow and Graduate Research Assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). I have also taught digital history courses at GMU and at Xavier University of Louisiana. Currently, I’m working on personal and RRCHNM-related digital projects and as a consultant for the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

My historical research focuses on 20th Century US History specializing in Cultural History, Digital History, and Public History with particular interests in Music, Sound Studies, and Tourism.
Sometimes I blog about this work, if you want to learn more.

My dissertation project is called “Imagining Acadiana: Cajun Identity in Modern Louisiana,” and explores the development of Cajun identity in Southwest Louisiana from the 1930s-1970s. I argue that during this time period, white, upwardly mobile Cajun people invested in mass culture as a way to profit from their cultural distinctiveness while also asserting their place within American culture. The development of what I call the Cajun culture industries increased the region’s social, economic, and political power while also defining the boundaries of the cultural region that came to be known as Acadiana and the collective identity of the people who lived there.

I email jdauteri (at) gmu (dot) edu
I tweet (occasionally) @FaisDauDau

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