Wallace Genser earned his BA in English at Rutgers and his MA and PhD in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Before arriving at Penn in 2008, he taught American Culture, Social Relations, and History at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. His research as a cultural historian focuses on transformations in ethnic, gender, and racial identities on the nineteenth-century US borderlands, and his current interests include contemporary debates on citizenship and portrayals of the US in historical writing and popular culture.
His initial role at Penn focused on promoting undergraduate research through initiatives such as the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program (PURM) and other research grants, and he served as Staff Director of the Undergraduate Research Working Group for Penn's 2014 Middle States Reaccreditation Self-Study.
Dr. Genser currently assists students seeking national and international fellowships to fund their continued study through programs such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Churchill, Carnegie, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, and Thouron Awards.