Caren Irr

Department of English

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA  02454




Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. 

Professor of English, 2010-present. 

Affiliated faculty:  Film, Television and Interactive Media; Environmental Studies; Women's and Gender Studies; Comparative Humanities, History of Ideas.

Associate Professor of English. 2002-2010.

Assistant Professor of English. 1999-2002.

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. 

Assistant Professor of English and American Studies. 1994-1999.



Ph.D. in English, Duke University, 1994. 

M.A. in English, Duke University, 1990.

B.A. in English, with honors, Swarthmore College, 1987.  Minors in Art History and Philosophy.



Teaching Innovation Grant, Provost's Office.  Brandeis University.  Summer 2015.

Senior Faculty Research Leave, Provost's Office, Brandeis University. Spring 2014.

Norman Foundation Grant, Brandeis University.  Summer 2014.

Research Collaborator, Institute on Globalization and Autonomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.  2002-2007.

Fulbright Lectureship, Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. 2003-04.

Hewlett Foundation Grant for Interdisciplinary Faculty Projects, Brandeis. 2000-02.

NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship, Columbia University, Summer 1999.

Internal Faculty Awards, Penn State, 1996, 1998.

Fulbright Scholarship, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 1994-95.

Canadian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Canadian Embassy, 1993.

Research Award, Canadian Consulate General. 1993.

Graduate Student Award, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, 1993.

Research Award, Center for International Studies, Duke University, 1992.

Graduate Fellowship, Department of English, Duke University, 1989-1994.



Single-Author Books:

Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century (NY:  Columbia University Press, 2014).


Pink Pirates:  Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright (Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2010).


The Suburb of Dissent:  Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s (Durham:  Duke University Press, 1998).


"Orphan Stories:  Misrecognizing Global Inequality in Contemporary Fiction and Film" (in progress)


"Politics and the Green Novel:  Eco-Fiction in English Since 1980" (in progress)



Edited Collections:

On Jameson:  From Postmodernism to Globalization. Co-edited with Ian Buchanan (Albany:  SUNY, 2006).


Rethinking the Frankfurt School:  Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique. Co-edited with Jeffrey T. Nealon. (Albany:  SUNY, 2002).


Articles and Book Chapters:

"Introduction to Climate Change Fiction."  In preparation for Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature.  Ed. Paula Rabinowitz.

"Fictions of Poverty:  The 1930s and the Present."  Invited contribution for Cambridge Companion to the 1930s.  Ed. William Solomon.

"Beyond Precarity:  Figuring Labor in Recent American Anti-Trafficking Thrillers."  Invited submission for Neoliberalism and American Literature.  Eds. Liam Kennedy and Steven Shapiro.

"Global Fiction and the Postmodern American Novel" in The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction.  Ed. Paula Geyh.  (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2016).

"Neoliberal Childhoods:  The Orphan as Entrepreneur in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction" in Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literature.  Eds. Rachel Greenwald Smith and Mitchum Huehls (collection under consideration).

"The Postnational City Novel:  Tobár, Adichie, Lee."  Forthcoming in "Novel Beyond Nation," a special issue of Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée.  Ed. Jernej Habjan.

"The Space of Genre in the New Green Novel." Studia Neophilologica (2014):  1-15.

"The Resurgence of the Political Novel."  Forthcoming in Postmodern/Postwar—And After.  Eds. Daniel Worden and Jason Gladstone.  (Iowa City:  University of Iowa Press, 2016).

“Anti-Capitalism and Anti-Realism in William T. Vollmann’s Poor People” in Reading Capitalist Realism.  Eds. Alison Shonkwiler and LeighClaire LaBerge.  (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014):  177-194.

"Literature and Adoption:  Themes, Theses, Questions."  Review essay in American Literary History 26: 1 (Spring 2014):  1-11.

 “Toward the World Novel:  Genre Shifts in 21st-Century Expatriate Fiction.” American Literary History 23: 3 (Fall 2011):  660-679.

"Postmodernism in Reverse:  American National Allegories and the 21st-Century Political Novel." Twentieth Century Literature 57: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2011):  516-538.

"Media and Migration: Danticat, Díaz, Eugenides, and Scibona" in Wretched Refuge:  Immigrants and Itinerants in the Postmodern.  Ed. Jessica Datema and Diane Krumrey (Cambridge Scholars Press 2010):  9-26.

"World Heritage Sites and the Concept of the Commons" in Global Ordering:  Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World.  Eds. Louis Pauly and Will Coleman (UBC Press:  2008):  85-105.

Š      Translated and republished in China, 2009.

"A Challenge for Post-National American Studies," American Literary History 20:  3 (Summer 2008):  601-608.

"The Americanization of Yoga?:  Understanding Intellectual Property in the Context of Global Capitalism" in "Americanization and Globalization," a special  issue of Genre 38 (Fall 2005):  281-307.

"Introduction" and "The American Grounds of Globalization:  Jameson's Return to Hegel," in On Jameson (see above): 1-14 and 213-240.

"The Objectivity of Nature in Josephine Herbst's Trexler Trilogy," in The Novel and the American Left:  Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction, ed. Janet Galligani Casey.  (University of Iowa Press, 2004):  81-95.

"Beyond Appropriation:  Pussy, King of the Pirates and a Feminist Critique of Intellectual Property," in Devouring Institutions:  The Life Work of Kathy Acker, ed. Maria Gonzalez and Michael Hardin.  (San Diego State University Press, 2004):  211-234.

"Who Owns Our Culture?: Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Globalization," in Refounding Human Rights in an Age of Globalization, eds. Andrew Nathan, Kavita Philip, Neal Engelhart, and Mahmoud Monshipoori.  (London: M.E. Sharpe, 2003): 3-33.

"On®TMark, or the Limits of Intellectual Property Hacktivism," in Web Authority:  Online Domination and the Informatics of Resistance, eds. Marc Bousquet and Katherine Wills.(, posted September 12, 2003).  16 pp.

 "All Published Literature is World Bank Literature, or The Zapatista Storybook" in World Bank Literature, ed. Amitava Kumar.  (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press:  2002):  237-252.

"Introduction" and "One-Dimensional Symptoms:  What Marcuse Offers a Critical Theory of Law," in Rethinking the Frankfurt School (see above):  169-186.

"Literature as Proleptic Globalization, or a Prehistory of the New Intellectual Property," South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring 2002): 773-802.

"Curious George at the Border: American Intellectual Property and Canadian Culture," Essays on Canadian Writing (Summer 1999):  266-292.

"The Timeliness of Almanac of the Dead, or A Postmodern Rewriting of Radical Fiction" in Leslie Marmon Silko:  A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Louise K. Barnett and James L. Thorson (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999):  223-244.

"From Nation to Generation:  The Economics of North American Culture, 1930s/1990s," Canadian Review of American Studies 27: 3 (1997):  135-144. 

"Queer Borders:  Figures from the 1930s for US-Canadian Relations," American Quarterly 49: 3 (September 1997):  504-530. 

Š      Reprinted in Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, ed. Michael Meyer (Scarecrow 2009):  158-184.

"Between the Avant-Garde and Kitsch:  Experimental Prose in U.S. and Canadian Leftist Periodicals of the 1930s," Journal of Canadian Studies 30:  2  (Summer 1995):  19-38.

"The Politics of Spatial Phobias in Native Son," in Critical Essays on Richard Wright's Native Son, ed. Keneth Kinnamon (New York:  Twayne, 1997):  196-212. 

Š      Excerpt reprinted in Harold Bloom, Native Son (Bloom's Notes) (Chelsea House, 2007):  80-83 under the title "Caren Irr on Bigger's Claustrophobia."

"Political Surveillance:  Notes on Reading an FBI File," Found Object (Spring 1994):  91-112.


Reviews and Short Essays:

"Charcoal."  Forthcoming in Fueling Culture:  Energy, History, Politics.  Eds. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, Patricia Yaeger.  (Blackwell 2015).

Review of Hologram of the King by Dave Eggers.  American Book Review  (May/June 2013):  6.

Review of Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890-2011 by John Marx. Review of English Studies  64 (2013):  550-552.

Review of Shades of the Planet:  American Literature as World Literature.  Eds. Wai-chee Dimock and Lawrence Buell. Comparative Literature Studies 45: 4 (2008):  518-521.

"Fredric Jameson" and "Immanent Critique" in Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy.  Ed. John Protevi. (Edinburgh:  Edinburgh University Press, 2005):  323-324, 304-305.

"Empire and the Commons." The electronic book review.   (   Posted December 2005.

Review of Signs and Cities:  Black Literary Postmodernism by Madhu DubeyNew Formations.  55 (Spring 2005): 195-199.

Review of Exiles from a Future Time:  The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left by Alan M. Wald.  Studies in Contemporary Jewry  (2004):  367-369.

"Going to the Library in the Czech Republic," Profession (2004):  74-82.

"The Frankfurt School," (w/Vincent Pecora) in Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism.  Eds., Michael Groden, Martin Kreisworth and Imre Szeman.  3rd edition.  (Johns Hopkins:  2005):  361-366.

Š      Reprinted in Contemporary Literary & Cultural Theory.  Eds. Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth and Imre Szeman.  (Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012): 191-197.

"The Postmodern Goes Global," Southern Review 34:  2 (2001):  102-106.  Review essay on The Ends of Globalization by Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Negotiating Postmodernism by Wayne Gabardi, and Questions of Modernity, ed. by Timothy Mitchell.

Review of A Gendered Collision:  Sentimentalism and Modernism in Dorothy Parker's Poetry and Fiction by Rhonda S. Pettit, American Literature (December 2001):  880-881.

Review of The New Red Negro:  The Literary Left and African-American Poetry, 1930-1946 by James Edward Smethurst, American Literature 72: 3  (September 2000):  645-646.

Review of Multilingual America:  Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, ed. Werner Sollors, Comparative Literature Studies 37: 3 (2000):  364-370.

Review of The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law:  The British Experience, 1740-1911 by Brad Sherman and Lionel Bently, Business History Review (Summer 2000):  352-355.

"Irving Layton" in Contemporary Jewish-American Poets and Playwrights, ed. Joel Shatzky (New York:  Greenwood Press, 1999). 

Review of October Cities:  The Redevelopment of Urban Literature by Carlo Rotella, American Literature (March 1999):  202-203.

"Josephine Herbst" in American National Biography Vol. 10 (New York:  Oxford, 1999):  640-642.

"Kenneth Rexroth" in American National Biography Vol. 18  (New York:  Oxford, 1999):  373-374.  Republished on-line in Modern American Poetry, ed. Cary Nelson;

Review of A Measure of Perfection:  Phrenology and the Fine Arts in America by Charles Colbert, Modernism/Modernity  5: 3 (1998):  123-124.

Review of Partisans and Poets:  The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War by Mark W. Van Wienen, American Literature (June 1998):  409-410

Review of Daughters of the Great Depression:  Women, Work, and Fiction in the American 1930s by Laura Hapke and The Long War:  The Intellectual People's Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930-1940 by Judy Kutulas, American Literature (December 1996):  865-7.

"Edith Abbott" in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, ed. Cathy N. Davidson (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994):  3.

Review of Framing Truths:  Parodic Structures in Contemporary English-Canadian Historical Novels by Martin Kuester, Modern Fiction Studies 39: 2 (1993):  392-3.

Review of The Responsibility of Intellectuals by Alan Wald, American Literature 65: 2 (1993):  393-394.

"Realism and Utopia," Polygraph 6/7 (1993):  205-208.

"New Word Order:  The Recycling of the Literary 1930s," Polygraph 4 (1992):  257-262.



"Battling the 'Youth Bulge':  Orphan Resettlement Narratives and the Neoliberal Security State."  Modernist Studies Association, Boston, MA.  November 2015.

"Neoliberal Childhoods:  The Orphan as Entrepreneur in Contemporary American Fiction."  Neoliberalism and American Literature, University College-Dublin.  February 2015.

Moderator, "Rethinking the ISA:  A Roundtable on Louis Althusser's On the Reproduction of Capitalism."  Modern Language Association.  Vancouver, BC.  January 2015.

Adapting Oliver Twist:  Fundamentals of the 20th- and 21st-Century Orphan Story.”  International Society for the Study of Narrative.  Cambridge, MA. March 2014.

“Ideology on the Surface:  21st-Century Geoeconomic Fiction.”  Invited talk.  University of Florida at Gainesville.  February 2014.

“Geopolitical and Green:  U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century.”  The Futures of the Present:  New Directions in (American) Literature and Culture. Uppsala University, Sweden.  May 2013.

“The New Green Novel:  Collective Action and the Geo-Spatial Imaginary of Boyle, Oates and Ghosh.”  Northeastern Modern Language Association, Boston, MA.  March 2013.

“Cognitive Maps of Cyberspace.”  Invited lecture and workshop at Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University.  Chicago, IL.  July 2012.

"The Neoliberal Home in 21st-Century National Allegories.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA.  May 2011.

"The Nature Concept."  Guest lecture in ENVS 2a.  Brandeis University. October 2010; October 2011.

"Reading the 21st-Century Pirate:  Five Tries."  Plenary talk.  Brandeis University Graduate Conference.  October 2010.

"Utopian Mediascapes in 21st-Century Immigrant Fiction."  Northeastern Modern Language Association.  Boston, MA.  February 2009.

"Globalization and Autonomy," The Global:  Implications for Research, Brandeis University.  April 2008.

Respondent, Surveillance and Privacy Symposium. Brandeis University.  November 2005.

"The Girl and the Seed:  Utopian Figures in Leslie Marmon Silko's The Gardens in the Dunes."  Society for Utopian Studies.   Colorado Springs, CO.  October 2006.

"Copyright and the Commons in Contemporary Women's Writing."  Invited lecture, Swarthmore College.  April 2006.

Chair, "Thinking in Time," panel commemorating the History of Ideas program, Brandeis.  October 2005.

"What Is a Superpower?"  Plenary at Re-Imagining Power.  Brandeis University Graduate  English Conference.  Waltham, MA.  March 2005.

Chair, "The Trauma of the Present: Historicizing Recent Fiction." Modern Language Association.  Philadelphia, PA.  December 2004.

"The Americanization of Yoga."  Plenary at Boston College Graduate Symposium.  Newton, MA.  November 2004.

Panelist, Brandeis Library Symposium on Scholarly Publishing and the Humanities.  Waltham, MA.  November 2004.

Respondent, Culture and Crisis panel, Globalization and Autonomy team meeting.  Hamilton, ON.  October 2004.

Chair and organizer, "On Jameson's A Singular Modernity."  Modernist Studies Association.  Vancouver, BC.  October 2004.

"American Youth Cultures Today." Invited lecture, University of Magdeburg, Germany.  June 2004.

Panelist, Roundtable on Alain Badiou's Ethics, Duke University, April 2004.

"World Heritage Sites and a Crisis-Ridden Concept of the Commons," Duke University, April 2004.

Panelist, Roundtable on the Frankfurt School, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 2004.

Respondent, "What Comes after Postmodernism? Contemporary Fiction Now," Modern Language Association.  San Diego, CA.  December 2003.

"Amputated Slave Bodies in Katherine Dunn's Geek Love," Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.  Berkeley, CA.  March 2003.

"Abbie Hoffman Was a Jock," McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.  October 2002.

"The Surrealist Commons of Rikki Ducornet."  Harvard Humanities Center.   Cambridge, MA.  May 2002.

Panelist, Gender and Music Working Group, Tufts University, April 2002.

"American Intellectual Property and Global Yoga."  Circulations: "America" and Globalization. Gainesville, FL.  February 2002.

"(On Not) Owning the Fruits of Immaterial Labor," Modern Language Association.  New Orleans, LA.  December 2001.

Chair, "Does Intellectual Property Threaten Intellectual Life?: A Roundtable on Teaching and Research," American Studies Association.  Washington, D.C.  November 2001.

"The Grounds of Globalization:  Jameson's Sublation of 1960s Marxism," Globalicities. East Lansing, MI.  October 2001.

"How American is the World Intellectual Property Organization?" American Studies Association.  Detroit, MI.  October 2000.

"Pink-Collar Media," 100 Years of Popular Culture.  Pittsburgh, PA.  September 2000.

 "Reflections on Adorno," 100 Years of Popular Culture, pre-conference session. Pittsburgh, PA.  September 2000.

"All Published Literature is World Bank Literature," Marxism 2000.  Amherst, MA.  September 2000.

"The Concept of Property Long After Engels," Marxism 2000.  Amherst, MA.  September 2000.

"Intellectual Property and the Logic of Conspiracy:  Some Discussion of a 1984 Case Involving Nuns, Nazis, Mothers, and Hummel Figurines," International Society for the Study of Narrative.  Atlanta, GA.  April 2000.

"A 'Second' Feminist Political Economy."  Legacies of Simone de Beauvoir, University Park, PA.  November 1999.

"Miss America, Org. v. Mattel, Inc.:  Iconic Femininity and Infringement at the Border."  American Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec.  October 1999.

"Abject Fetishes:  Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document and the Dialectics of Motherhood."  International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Hartford, CT.  May 1999.

"Paternity and Property:  A Feminist Pirate Captures P. T. Barnum's Fee-jee Mermaid."  Cultural Studies Symposium, Manhattan, KS.  March 1999.

"Feminist Piracy at the Office."  Back to the Futures:  An Institute in American Studies, Hanover, NH.  June 1998.

"United States v. Nixon:  White-Collar Violence and the Act."  Cultural Studies Symposium, Manhattan, KS.  March 1998.

"A Phenomenology of the Face."  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, Louisville, KY.  February 1998.

"Modernist Love:  Kristeva and Pound Read the Troubadours."  Kristeva's Joyous Nativities in Tales of Love, St. Catherines, ON.  November 1997.

"Oh, Totally:  Dialectics at Work for Jameson and Pynchon."  International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Mobile, AL.  May 1997.

"Cultural Icons of the 1960s:  Becoming So Spectacular."  English Department Faculty Colloquium, University Park, PA.  April 1997.

"'All right we are two nations':  Speed and the Stratification of Culture in USA."  Modern Language Association.  Washington, DC.  December 1996.

"From Nation to Generation:  The Economics of North American Culture, 1930s/1990s."  Canadian Association for American Studies.  Toronto, ON.  October 1996.

"Facelessness."  Panel Discussion with Rebecca Comay, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Penn State.  October 1996.

"Timeliness, or Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead as Postmodern Radical Novel."  Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.  Columbus, Ohio.  April 1996.

"Burl Ives and the Politics of Anglo-American Folk Music."  Sonneck Society for American Music, Washington, DC.  March 1996.

"When America Is Not the United States, or Seven Models of the U.S./Canadian Border Used during the NAFTA Debate."  American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. November 1995.

"Taking Credit:  Ezra Pound and the Economics of Culture."  Invited lecture at the University of Alberta.  March 1995.

"Irene Baird's Waste Heritage:  A Canadian Of Mice and Men?"  Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA.  December 1994.

"A Middlebrow Counter-Culture:  The Proletarian Novel in the United States and Canada."  American Studies Association, Boston, MA.  November 1993.

"An Unpopular Culture:  The North American Literary Left of the 1930s."  Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, New Orleans, LA.  November 1993.

"Nation vs. Culture:  How Literary Periodicals of the 1930s Crossed the 49th Parallel." Southern American Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.  April 1993.

"Broads Abroad:  Imperialism, Reportage and American Women on the Left."  The 1930s:  History, Literature and Culture, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.  April 1992.

"Nightmare on Wall Street:  Horatio Alger in Nathanael West's A Cool Million."  American Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX.  March 1991.

"Updating the Domestic Labor Debate:  Feminism and Housework."  Marxist Literary Group, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.  June 1990.



Convener, Contemporaneity Working Group.  Brandeis University, 2010-15.

Co-organizer, "Rethinking the Frankfurt School," two-day conference at Penn State, November, 1998.

Participant, Walter Benn Michaels' seminar on "Posthistoricism," School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 1997.



     US literature and culture since 1900, especially contemporary fiction; media studies; global studies; film; and selected topics in social and political philosophy.


Course Titles:

Undergraduate Literature:

Fiction:  A Basic Course

21st-Century American Literature

American Literature, 1900-2000

American Fiction since 1945

The International Novel

The Rock and Roll Novel

Women Writers and the Avant-Garde

Literary Countercultures

American Utopias/History of Utopia

Capitalism and Culture

Nature Writing


Film and Media Studies:

Underground and Alternative Journalism

Documentary:  Theory and Practice

American Independent Film

New American Cinema of the 60s & 70s

The Films of Disney


Graduate Literature and Theory:

Childhood and the Modern Novel

Writing 20th-Century Revolutions

The Worlds of 20th-Century US Fiction

Copyright & Contemporary US Writing

The Superpower Novel

American Literature after Television

Methods/Approaches to Literary Studies

The Frankfurt School

Topics in Theory:  Totality

The Politics of American Modernism


Other Teaching and Advising: 

Director, Ph.D. dissertations, Brandeis University:  David Bottorff, Daniel Worden (2006), Aaron Ritzenberg (2006), Mikel Parent (2012), Daniela Kukrechtová (2008), Ryan Wepler (2010), Jessie Stickgold-Sarah (2011), Joseph Wensink (2012), Kyle Wiggins (2013), Amy Easton-Flake (2011), Nicholas Van Kley (2013), Megan Hamilton (2014), Conley Wouters (2015), Kurt Cavender, David Pass, Matthew Schratz.

Committee Member, Ph.D. dissertations, Brandeis University and Penn State:  Cory Nelson (2013), Melanie Doherty (2010), Sean Witters (2010), Ben Schreier (2004), Lori Jirousek (Penn State 2000), Ann George (Penn State 1997).

First or second reader, seven MA essays.

Director, more than thirty-five undergraduate independent studies, internships, Honors essays and theses.  1995 to present.



Chair, Department of English, Brandeis.  2015-16.

Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, Brandeis.  2004-2006, 2011-2013, 2014-15.

Chair, Search committee in American literature to 1865, Brandeis, 2014-15.

Member, Graduate Council, 2004-2006, 2011-2013, 2014-15.

Member, Rabb Council on Graduate and Professional Studies, Brandeis.  2014-17.

Member, Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities, Brandeis.  2014-15.

Member, Search Committee for Senior Vice President of Communications.  Brandeis.  2014-15.

Member, Special Examiner's Committee, Brandeis.  2013-present.

Member, Executive Committee for Film, Television and Interactive Media, Brandeis.  2013-present.

Member, Graduate Admissions, English Department, Brandeis.  2008-09; (chair) 2013-14.

Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Brandeis.  2008-10.

Member, Journalism Media and Communications Committee, 2009.

Member, Fulbright Interview Committee, Brandeis. 2004-06.

Member, Committee to design International & Global Studies Major.  Brandeis, 2002-3.

Member, Ad Hoc Committees on Promotion and Tenure, Brandeis.  Springs of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014.

Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion and Tenure, Brandeis.  Spring 2013.

Member, search committees in the following fields:  digital humanities, postcolonial theory/global Anglophone literature, journalism, early modern English literature, postcolonial literature and women's studies, Latino/a studies, postcolonial Anglophone literature.  Brandeis and Penn State, 1995 to present.

Undergraduate Advising Head, English Department, Brandeis.  2000-02.

Coordinator, American Studies Faculty Workshop, Penn State. 1996-99.

Reviewer, book manuscripts and research proposals for ACLS, University of Michigan Press, Continuum, Oxford University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Duke University Press, University of Toronto Press, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Blackwell, Johns Hopkins University Press, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), Bentley College, Jackson State University, and numerous journals.

External reviewer, tenure and promotion, Departments of English, SUNY-Albany, Drake University, Princeton University, Spelman College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tufts University, Hartwick College.



Modern Language Association

Society for the Study of Narrative Literature

Association for the Study of Arts of the Present



Good reading knowledge of French; basic reading knowledge of Spanish, German and Czech.  Elementary conversational Amharic.



Available on request.