About Me

My name’s Tad Suiter. I’m an Exhibit and Content Developer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, though all opinions expressed herein are solely my own. (Natch.)

I have a PhD in US History from George Mason University. My primary research interest is the convergence of media, communication, technology, and culture in 19th and 20th century America, and how understanding that convergence can give a more nuanced understanding of bigger issues of power and politics. I also completed a minor field in History and New Media, and was lucky enough to work for a year and a half at George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

My dissertation, “Vulgarizing American Children”: Navigating Respectability and Commercial Appeal in Early Newspaper Comics deals with the cultural context and history of the first few decades of the newspaper comics pages. Drawing on the theory of Pierre Bourdieu, I look at the way that publishers, editors, cartoonists, and the reading public navigated questions related to cultural and economic capital with regard to strip cartoonists.

It was a really fun project and I got to read old comic strips and magazines and call it “research.”

While working on my doctorate, I began a somewhat erratic but very satisfying career in Public History, sometimes Digital, and sometimes not. I worked as an Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and as a Digital Project Specialist at the Center for Local History, housed in the Arlington Public Library in Arlington, Virginia. A good sampling of my work can be found by clicking on “My Work” in the menu above.

I am husband to Greta Kuriger Suiter, an archivist at MIT. We are blessed to both do things we love, and to have similar enough interests that “talking with your spouse about their job” is always thought-provoking and interesting. We live in a comfy small condo in Salem, Massachusetts with a very fat cat.