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2f Executive Committee William GalperinThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers, where he specializes in the literature and culture of the British Romantic period. He is the author of Revision and Authority in Wordsworth (1989), The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism (Johns Hopkins, 1993), and The Historical Austen (2002). His new book, The History of Missed Opportunities: British Romanticism and the Emergence of the Everyday, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2017. He is the recipient of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, as well as of awards from the ACLS, the NEH, and the Howard Foundation.

GaskillThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. specializes in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American literature, culture, and philosophy. He is currently at work on two projects. The first, Vibrant Environments: The Feel of Color from the White Whale to the Red Wheelbarrow, situates the color terms and images of modern U.S. writers within the sweeping changes to the visual landscape wrought by synthetic dyes and vivid color media. It argues that turn-of-the-century authors treated color as a site both for investigating the sensory and affective impact of cultural environments and, through these investigations, for reconstructing the notions of reading and experience that inform literary practice. He is also co-editing The Lure of the Whitehead, an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (currently under contract with the University of Minnesota Press). Each of these projects extends his abiding interest in the ideas and historical contexts of American pragmatism.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. His research and teaching focus on the history of the novel, narrative theory, sociology and literature, and sexuality and gender. He is the author of Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel (2012). The book examines the theatrical ambitions of major novelists (William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Henry James, James Joyce, and James Baldwin) better known for their narrative explorations of domestic and psychological interiors, tracing the novelistic aftermath of these failed theatrical projects to claim that these writers’ pioneering narrative techniques for representing interiority grew out of a frustrated appetite for collectivity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in ELH, PMLA, Raritan, Victorian Studies, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Victorian Literature and Culture, The Henry James Review, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 3: 1820-1880, and Literature Compass.

MarconeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University. He researches and teaches ideas and representations of nature--and of the role of humans in such views--in literatures and art from Latin America, and occasionally in Latina/o and Spanish cultures. He follows an ecocritical approach to study the relationships between culture and its natural and social environments in light of current ecological and environmental theories in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (and in the context of current environmental issues, global or local, and movements). He focuses on the rise of ecological and environmental awareness in Latin American literature under various waves of economic globalization and modernization of society--specifically the period between 1880s-1930s and the period that has started since the end of the Cold War--and he pays special attention to discourses on Amazonia and tropical forests. Among his other interests, he directs or supervises summer study abroad programs in Salamanca, Spain, and Cusco, Peru.

MiguelThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She received her BA from the University of Puerto Rico and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of four books: Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana (1999); Caribe Two-Ways?: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (2003), From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Latin American Colonial Discourse (2008), and Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context (2014). She recently finished two co-edited anthologies: Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought (with Ben Sifuentes Jáuregui and Marisa Belausteguigoitia, 2016) and Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities (with Sarah Tobias, 2016). She is co-editing an anthology with Michelle Stephens titled Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations, and she is working on her fifth book project, Archipiélagos de ultramar: Rethinking Colonial and Caribbean Studies, which uses comparative archipelagic studies as a historical and theoretical framework to propose a different research agenda for the study of cultural productions in the Caribbean between 1498 and 2010.

2f Executive Committee Carter MathesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is a specialist in African American literature, twentieth-century Literature, and African diaspora studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s. He has also co-edited (with Mae G. Henderson) a volume on Black Arts Movement writer and critic Larry Neal, “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat”: The Larry Neal Critical Reader (2017). Currently, he is directing the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies and is beginning a study of black radical thought in literature and music as it moves between Jamaica and the United States during the second half of the twentieth-century. His next project will focus on issues of race, literary form, and political critique in post-1945 American literature. He has published essays in Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review.

2e Past Directors Meredith McGillThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is an Associate Professor of English. She is the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1837-1853 (2003), a study of nineteenth-century American resistance to tight control over intellectual property. She has edited two collections of essays: The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Transatlantic Exchange (2008), in which a variety of scholars model ways of understanding nineteenth-century poetry within a transatlantic frame and Taking Liberties with the Author (2013), which explores the persistence of the author as a shaping force in literary criticism. Her overview of the last thirty-five years of scholarship on book history and intellectual property can be found in Book History, Volume 16 (2013). She is currently completing a study of poetry and mass-culture in the antebellum U.S. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century American literature, the history of the book in American culture, American poetry and poetics, law and literature, literary theory, and media history.

2f Executive Committee Diane NeumaierThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a Professor of Photography at Rutgers University and has exhibited and written about photography since the late 1960s. Her 1970-90s feminist photographic series satirizes mainstream cultural politics. Her 2000 memorial exhibition, A Voice Silenced, draws on four decades of photographs and recordings of her grandmother, Leonore Schwarz Neumaier, first contralto of the Frankfurt Opera who was murdered by the Nazis. This large-scale installation led her to explore abstract photographic imagery ranging from unique darkroom photograms to digital prints, ongoing work that continues today. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia in 1994 and has organized numerous exchanges and exhibitions between Rutgers University and Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European artists and museums. She has also organized and edited various collections: Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Based Works of Art (2005), New American Feminist Photographies (1996), Russian Photography Today (1994), and Cultures in Contention (with Douglas Kahn, 1985).

2f Executive Committee Sarah NovacichThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. specializes in medieval literature. An Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, her research interests include medieval drama, poetry and poetics, gender studies, archival theory, visual culture, and travel literature. Her first book, Shaping the Archive in Late Medieval England: History, Poetry, and Performance (forthcoming) examines how episodes of sacred history–in particular, the loss of Eden, the flood, and the Harrowing of Hell–illuminate the risks and pleasures of archival process. Her current research considers how poetic form might be understood to influence bodies and events in the world. She has published in a number of journals, including Exemplaria, New Medieval Literatures, and Philological Quarterly.

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Like a surprising number of art historians, I was a pre-med student early in my college career, and medicine has remained a constant source of inspiration and intellectual curiosity.  More recently, the history of physics has aided in building a framework for the understudied, later portraits of John Singer Sargent.  Concerns with energy science, an obsession with materiality, and social precarity are threaded through the book.  A collection of essays in progress on The Medical Portrait considers the hybrid forms of Anglo-American photographic and cinematic representation in which the expectations of medical objectivity vied with the aesthetic conventions of portraiture.

website: http://www.susansidlauskas.com/

2f Executive Committee Rebecca WalkowitzThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a Professor of English at Rutgers University and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. She writes and teaches courses about modernism, twentieth-century British fiction, the contemporary anglophone novel, translation, world literature, and transnational approaches to literary history. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006) and Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015). She is also editor or co-editor of several other books: The Turn to Ethics (2000), Bad Modernisms (2006), Immigrant Fictions (2007), and A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016). She has received presitigious fellowships and awards from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the Jacob K. Javits Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research focuses on the concept of the anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing.

ZervigonThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a Professor in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. He specializes in the history of photography and concentrates his scholarship on the interaction between photographs, film, and fine art. His first book, John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage (2012), uses the case of Heartfield to propose that photography’s sudden ubiquity in illustrated magazines, postcards, and posters produced an unsettling transformation of visual culture that artists felt compelled to address. His current book project, “Die Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung -- The Workers' Illustrated Magazine," 1921-1938: Germany's Other Avant-Garde, expands this discussion beyond Heartfield to the mass-circulation magazine in which he published his most famous pictures. He has co-edited Photography and Its Origins (2015), a collection that reflects the medium's beginnings in critical and historiographical terms, and he is co-editing Photography in Doubt, an anthology investigating photography's history as a fraught and contested means of representation. In 2008, he co-founded "The Developing Room,” one of the working groups here at the Center for Cultural Analysis. This group promotes interdisciplinary dialogue among members of the Rutgers community whose research and teaching engages with the histories, theories, and practices of photography.

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