Professor of English, Brown University
…Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
Ph.D. in English, Expected May 2019
Committee: Philip Gould (Chair), Paul Armstrong, Branka Arsić, Stuart Burrows
California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach, California)
M.A. in English, August 2013
Committee: Paul Gilmore (Chair), Jeffrey High, Frederick Wegener
University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, California)
B.A. in Literatures in English and Philosophy, June 2008…
Dorin Smith is a PhD candidate in English at Brown University. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Henry James Review, Postmodern Culture, and ESQ. His research focuses on the intersections of the novel and history of science in the US during the long nineteenth century. Currently, he is finishing his dissertation, Fictional Brains: Reflecting on Necessity in American Naturalism, 1797-1910, a project which examines how materialist models of cognition, developed within nineteenth-century neuroscience, biology, and psychology, prefigure the formal possibilities of the novel in America to plot the contradictions of narrative reflection and storyworld necessity.
…Ph.D. in English, Brown University
M.A. in English, University of British Columbia
B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of British Columbia…
I am currently a postdoctoral lecturer at Princeton University. I also co-chair the Novel Theory Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center and am a member of the Doing Science Through Literature (DSL) team at Yale University. This year I am also a recipient of a Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant. While completing my PhD, I was appointed Visiting Instructor of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature in the English Department at Connecticut College. I received my PhD from the Department of English at Brown University in 2014. My scholarship and teaching has been generously supported by the Huntington Library, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the English Institute, the Elson Family Arts Fund, the Harvard University Provostial Fund, and other fellowship-granting institutions.
My research focuses on German literary and intellectual history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and on intersections of German and Africana intellectual culture.
My current work in progress includes a book manuscript on classical German thought in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk; studies of the reception of Kant in Goethe’s late literary and scientific work; a study of intertextuality and systemic closure in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; a comparative methodological study of the thought of Goethe and of Lévi-Strauss; and a contextualization of the work of Kraftwerk within postwar German politics and aesthetics.
I have been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Foundation, and have taught at Princeton University, UCLA, Brown University, the College of William & Mary, and the College of the Holy Cross.