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2d Faculty Fellows Elisabeth CampThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Rutgers in 2013. Her research focuses on thoughts and utterances that don’t fit within the standard philosophical model of the human mind as a propositional operator. In the realm of communication, this includes phenomena like metaphor, sarcasm, and slurs. In the realm of minds, it extends to maps, non-human animal cognition, imagination, and emotion. Recent publications include “Why Metaphors Make Good Insults: Perspectives, Presupposition, and Pragmatics” (Philosophical Studies, 2015) and “Wordsworth’s Prelude, Poetic Autobiography, and Narrative Constructions of the Self” (, 2011).

Area of Interest: Cognitive perspectives and imagination, metaphor, sarcasm, slurs, maps, concepts, and animal cognition.

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.

Allan Punzalan IsaacAllan Punzalan Isaac specializes in Asian American, comparative ethnic and postcolonial aspects of contemporary American literary and cultural studies. His book American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) is the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award. In 2003-2004, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at DeLaSalle University-Taft in Manila, Philippines. He received his BA from Williams College and his PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU. He teaches a broad range of courses in theory and literature, Asian American Studies, critical race theory, law and literature, and comparative race studies.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor English at Rutgers University. Douglas Jones works on (African) American literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, drama and performance studies, and cultural histories of slavery in British North America and the US. His current research agenda is mainly concerned with the foundations and forms of democratic individuality in American thought, especially Frederick Douglass’ elaborations that emerged from his absorption of slave culture and Transcendentalism. As an editor, Professor Jones is in the midst of two projects: a special issue of Modern Drama called “Slavery’s Reinventions” that will offer accountings of the ubiquity of slavery in drama and theatre of the long twentieth century; and a co-edited volume tentatively titled “Time Signatures” that will consider the many ways in which (racialized) performance keeps time and theorizes temporality.

Professor Jones is the author of The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014), which traces how proslavery thought shaped the development of several performance and literary cultures of the free antebellum north, including early blackface minstrelsy, reform melodrama, and abolitionist discourse. His articles and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Early American Literature, J19: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Theatre Survey, TDR/The Drama Review, and ESQ: A Journal of The American Renaissance, among other scholarly journals, as well as in a wide range of edited collections. He serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research (2016-2019).

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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.

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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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Professor of Art History at Rutgers University.

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.


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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