I am a full-time lecturer at UCLA in Writing Programs. My pedagogical and scholarly interests include early modern transnational encounter, English travelers (to the Persian Empire), Safavid Persia, race and ethnicity, and Critical Diversity Studies.
consumer culture, celebrity, mass culture, popular entertainment, fandom
I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. I wrote Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University Press, 2016) and co-edited The Legacy of David Foster Wallace with Samuel Cohen (University of Iowa Press, 2012). I also write the novel Pop Apocalypse (Ecco, 2009). I am currently working on a book project tentatively called “Rise of the Graphic Novel.”
Leland Tabares is a Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in professional labor economies, institutionality, racialization, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, media studies, and popular culture. His work has been published in Profession, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.
19th to early 20th century African American and Caribbean literature, 19th to early 20th century Southern American literature, the Black Atlantic, whiteness studies; race performance; the neoslave narrative; slavery, gender, and sexual violence in literature
My research and teaching coalesce around the literary and cultural study of science and medicine, exploring the narratives that shape understandings of illness, health, disability, and embodiment. My book manuscript, “Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1930,” merges my background in microbiology and literary studies to examine the diverse representations of microorganisms in the years between the popularization of germ theory and the widespread use of antibiotics.
Digital Humanities, British Romantic literature and culture, textual studies. I’m the Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and Co-Chair of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers.
I am a New Haven-based student of medieval English literature and culture, and will be a 2017-18 Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. I am currently working on a book project on the rhetoric of the sciences and vernacular literary culture in late-medieval England. I am also interested in manuscript studies and medievalism in the Americas. I earned a Ph. D. in English from Yale University in spring 2017.