Tim Raphael is associate professor of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the founding director of the Center for Migration and the Global City, an incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and civic engagement that supports research, educational curriculum, public humanities programming and civic partnerships with community and cultural organizations around immigration.
Raphael is also the co-founder and director of Newest Americans, a multimedia research, documentary and arts project produced by CMGC and faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media.
He is also a theater director, producer, dramaturge, and adapter who has developed more than 50 new American plays. He has written extensively on the intersection of politics and performance and is the author of The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance, which examines Reagan’s immersion in radio, film and television as a case study of how the techniques and technologies of electronic media have transformed American politics and political representation.
Raphael holds a BA in the History of Religions from Wesleyan University and an MA and PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University. He has taught theater, performance studies, and American studies at Rutgers, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, Ursinus College, Georgetown University, and the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal.