Harvey B. Feigenbaum
Robert Schuman/GGP Fellow
George Washington University
Period: February – June 2016
America’s Cultural Challenge Abroad
Harvey B. Feigenbaum is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington DC. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (“Sciences Po”), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also attended UCLA’s Graduate School of Management. He is trained as a political economist and teaches courses on comparative politics, Western Europe, and politics and culture. Feigenbaum has been a visiting professor at Kansai University in Japan, Sciences Po in Paris and at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He has also served as a UCLA Foundation Fellow, an Associate in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and France. He has served as a consultant to the US Department of State, the Royal Commission on Development Prospects for Canada, the Organization of American States, the National Science Foundation, and the Agence Nationale pour Recherche (France). Feigenbaum has also served in a number of administrative positions, including Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs (GWU), Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies, Director of European Studies, and most recently, Director of Film Studies.
Among his books are The Politics of Public Enterprise (Princeton), Shrinking the State (Cambridge), as well a many professional articles journals such as World Politics, Comparative Politics and Governance. He contributes a blog regularly to Le Monde Diplomatique. Feigenbaum appears often on radio and television outlets such as PBS, Radio Canada/CBC, Radio Television Suisse Romande, BBC, Al Jazeera, RTBF (Belgium), Radio National New Zealand and the ABC (Australia) to comment on political and cultural topics. He is fluent in English and French and has a reading knowledge of Italian and German. He has some knowledge of Hausa (Nigeria) and Hebrew.
My current research explores the economic and political impact of Americanization. I am especially interested in examining the influence of American movies, television shows and new media on politics in other countries. I am also interested in exploring the economic consequences of a decline in cultural diversity. It is my tentative hypothesis that American influence is leading to a reduction in political options in Europe and abroad. I also hypothesize that declining cultural diversity due to American influence reduces opportunities for economic innovation.
In order to understand business model for several cultural industries I have already been engaged in participant observation in the film and television industries. I have spent time in film and television production in Hollywood, France, and Australia, working with directors and producers such as the late Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone and Costa Gavras. I have also done industry and policy interviews in Brussels, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Korea.