Amanda Bruce

Assistant Professor of History

Office Location

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, Room 2004, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805


Ph.D. in History, Stony Brook University, 2008

M.A. in History, Stony Brook University, 1999

B.A. in History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994


Dr. Amanda Bruce joined Florida Polytechnic University in 2014. She teaches the American survey course and special topics courses, including the history of American popular culture. She specializes in the history of American consumer culture, media, women’s history, and childhood. Bruce has presented papers at many social science conferences, including the Organization of American History, American Studies Association, Social Science History Association, Society for the Study of History and Youth, and Film and History.



  • American consumer culture
  • History of radio and television
  • American women’s history
  • American childhood
  • American popular culture

Selected Publications

  • “Children’s Media Consumption and Struggles for Cultural Authority in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” in Children and Consumerism in American Society: A Historical Handbook and Guide. Ed. Lisa Jacobson. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008