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College of Arts and Sciences

Caroline Levine

David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities

 Caroline Levine

Department and Program Affiliations:

Academic focus:
Nineteenth-century literature, the relations between art and politics, literary and cultural theory, world literature

Current research project: 
A book about generalization in the humanities

Previous positions:
Professor and Chair, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013-2016
Professor, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-2013
Associate Professor, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004-2007
Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002-2004
Assistant Professor, English Department, Rutgers University-Camden, 1998-2002
Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Wake Forest University, 1997-98

Academic background:
Ph.D., English, University of London: Birkbeck College, 1996
A.B., Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1992

Last book read:
“What is a World?” by Peng Cheah

In your own time/when not working:
Reading Elena Ferrante’s “Story of the Lost Child”

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Detective fiction, interdisciplinary courses that bring together multiple fields

What most excites you about Cornell:
Apart from the extraordinary quality of research and teaching here, I have a personal connection to Cornell. My father graduated from Cornell in 1955. He was active in trying to fight McCarthyism while he was a student, and I grew up with stories of the battle for academic freedom he fought here. I’d like to continue that tradition!