Faculty

Linda P. Austern, Associate Professor of Musicology, is a specialist in Early Modern English and European musical-cultural relations and gender/sexuality studies. She is the author of Music in English Children’s Drama of the Later Renaissance (1992), as well as the editor of Music, Sensation, and Sensuality (2002) and co-editor of Music of the Sirens (2006), Psalms in the Early Modern World (2011), and Beyond Boundaries: Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern England (Indiana, 2017). The recipient of major fellowships and research grants, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, the British Academy, the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute (Radcliffe College/Harvard University), and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has published numerous articles in books and journals such as Journal of the American Musicological Society, Modern Philology, Music and Letters, and Renaissance Quarterly, including “Manipulating Music at the Court of Elizabeth I,” Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2017), and “Music, Its Histories, and Shakespearean (Inter-)Theatricality in Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle,” in Shakespeare, Music, and Performance (Cambridge, 2017). Recent graduate seminars include “Music in Henry Purcell’s England” (MUSICOL 452) and “Shakespeare and Music” (MUSICOL 443). l-austern@northwestern.edu

bruce-carruthers-large_002Bruce Carruthers, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Sociology, specializes in historical and comparative sociology, economic sociology, the sociology of law, and the sociology of organizations. At Northwestern, he is involved in the graduate Comparative Historical Social Science (CHSS) program and the undergraduate Business Institutions Program (BIP). He has authored or co-authored five books: City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (1996); Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (1998); Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings and Social Structure (2000); Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (2009); and Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach (Polity, 2010). His current research includes a study of the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust; regulatory arbitrage; what modern derivatives markets reveal about the relationship between law and capitalism; and the regulation of credit in Britain and the U.S. b-carruthers@northwestern.edu

deborah-cohenDeborah Cohen, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Humanities and Professor of History, studies the history of modern Britain and Europe. Her first book, The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939 (2001), examines the reconstruction that followed the First World War; it was awarded the Social Science History Association’s Allan Sharlin Prize. Her second book, Household Gods (2006), is a history of the British love affair with their houses; it won the American Historical Association’s Forkosch Prize and was the co-winner of the North American Conference on British Studies’ Albion prize. Her most-recent book, Family Secrets, published in 2013 by Viking Penguin and Oxford University Press, was named a book of the year by the Spectator, The Sunday Times (UK), and the Times Literary Supplement; it was awarded the American Historical Association’s Forkosch Prize as well as the Stansky Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies. Professor Cohen offers graduate seminars on modern Britain and on the British empire. deborah-cohen@northwestern.edu

drew-edward-daviesDrew E. Davies, Assistant Professor of Musicology, is a specialist in several musical traditions, including in 20th-century Britain. Among his research interests is a focus on English art song, and his articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Eighteenth-Century Music, Sanctorum, Journal of the Society for American Music, and The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. His monograph, Music and Devotion in New Spain, is under contract with Oxford University Press. He frequently collaborates with early music ensembles and has been a presenter at academic conferences throughout Britain and the U.S. dedavies@northwestern.edu

tracy-davisTracy C. Davis is Barber Professor of Performing Arts, Professor of Theatre and English, and Director of Northwestern’s Excellence in Mentoring Initiative. She specializes in 19th-century British theatre history, gender and theatre, and performance theory, and regularly teaches courses on research design and special topics in performance. She co-directs the Summer Institute in Cologne, an interdisciplinary institute anchored by Northwestern and the University of Cologne, which brings together doctoral students from around the world to study theatre historiography and other topics. Her books and edited collections include Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture (1991); George Bernard Shaw and the Socialist Theatre (1994); Playwriting and Nineteenth-Century British Women (1999); The Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914 (2000); Theatricality (2003); The Performing Century: Nineteenth-Century Theatre’s History (2007); The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth-Century British Performance (2011); and Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of America’s Most Mutable Book (2018). She is General Editor of the six-volume study A Cultural History of Theatre (2017); co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Theory (in progress); editor of the monograph series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory (Cambridge UP); and co-editor of the monograph series Transnational Theatre Histories (Palgrave). Current research investigates networks that connect late-Georgian and Victorian activists to each other across transnational networks and the role taken by performance (in theatres, concert halls, pulpits, parliament, and at the hustings) to purposefully use leisure time, social time, and private time contiguously with political work of global consequence. She has recently been named a Humboldt Research Fellow. tcdavis@northwestern.edu

 Stephen EisenmanProfessor of Art History, has written nine books on a wide variety of topics. In 2014, he published two on the subject of art and animals with an English focus: The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights (2013) and The Ghosts of Our Meat (2014). His article “The Real Swinish Multitude” appeared in Critical Inquiry in Winter 2016. Eisenman is also an independent curator. His exhibition for the Block Art Museum at Northwestern, “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius,” opened in September 2017. He is the co-founder and art director of an environmental nonprofit called Anthropocene Alliances-eisenman@northwestern.edu

jim-farrJames Farr is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Chicago Field Studies at Northwestern. His interests in British Studies turn principally on the political thought of Locke, Hobbes, and Hume in the early modern period, as well as the history of the discipline of political science in which British works figure prominently. He is the author of, among others, “Locke, ‘Some Americans,’ and the Discourse on ‘Carolina’” (in Locke Studies) and “The Transactions of European-American Political Science” (in European Political Science). Co-editor of The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept (Cambridge 2015), he has contributed an account of the entanglements of Locke, Malebranche and Rousseau. Co-editor, as well, of the Cambridge Companion to the Communist Manifesto, he has now completed a short reception history of the Manifesto by Anglophone liberal theorists from Russell to Rawls. james-farr@northwestern.edu

Christine-FroulaChristine Froula, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies, specializes in twentieth-century British, American, and European literature and culture in international contexts. Her publications include Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity (Columbia, 2005; American Association of University Presses award for scholarly excellence), Modernism’s Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce (1996), To Write Paradise: Style and Error in Ezra Pound’s Cantos (1984), A Guide to Ezra Pound’s Selected Poems (1983), and articles and essays on Milton, Browning, Derrida, Proust, Forster, and other topics in Critical Inquiry, Signs, ELH, Modernism/Modernity, and elsewhere. Recent graduate courses include “Empire, War, Worldliness,” “Modern Poetry and Poetics,” and “Modern Time: Proust, Joyce, Woolf.” cfroula@northwestern.edu

christopher-herbertChristopher Herbert, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, specializes in the Victorian novel and in nineteenth-century British cultural and intellectual history, with a particular interest in science studies. His books include Trollope and Comic Pleasure (1987), Culture and Anomie: Ethnographic Imagination in the Nineteenth Century (1991), Victorian Relativity: Radical Thought and Scientific Discovery (2001), and War of No Pity: The Indian Mutiny and Victorian Trauma (Princeton, 2008). Currently he is studying nineteenth-century literary repercussions of Evangelicalism. His most recent graduate-seminar offerings include “Varieties of Victorian Religious Experience,” “Dickens and Mayhew,” and “Victorian Novel and Society.” c-herbert@northwestern.edu

matthewcropMatthew H. Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, is an archaeologist specializing in Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800. He has written on castles, traditional houses, “polite” architecture, and landscape, as well as on contributions to understanding historical archaeology around the world. He is the author of Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in an English Landscape (1993), An Archaeology of Capitalism (1996), Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance (2002), Ideas of Landscape (2006), Archaeological Theory: An Introduction (2010; 2nd edition), and English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life (Longman, 2010). His planned book, How Archaeologists Think, looks at Wessex, the region of Stonehenge, Salisbury, Avebury, and Maiden Castle—possibly the most intensively studied archaeological landscape in the world and a culturally freighted landscape from Hardy and Austen to V. S. Naipaul. He has taught graduate seminars on “Archaeological Theory,” “Logic of Enquiry in Archaeology,” and “Buildings Archaeology,” and recently published Lived Experience in the Later Middle Ages (Highfield, 2017), in collaboration with the National Trust and the University of Southampton, on fieldwork he oversaw and conducted with Northwestern students on castles and great houses in south-eastern England. matthew-johnson@northwestern.edu

Rebecca-JohnnsonRebecca Johnson, Assistant Professor of English and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, teaches and writes about the intersection of British and Arabic literatures in the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the history and theory of the novel in Arabic and English, comparative European and Middle Eastern “Enlightenment” movements, and literary orientalism and occidentalism; her wider interests include cosmopolitanism and the poetics and politics of translation. She is currently working on a book project that studies the intertwined early histories of the Arabic and English novels, using translation as a lens through which to understand the form and function of the genre in a transnational or global framework. rebecca-johnson-0@northwestern.edu

Christopher Lane, Professor of English and former Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, teaches and writes about Victorian literature and culture, with a particular focus on 19th-century British psychology, psychiatry, and intellectual history. His books include The Ruling Passion (1995), The Burdens of Intimacy (1999), Hatred and Civility: The Antisocial Life in Victorian England (2004), and Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (2007), winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France, 2010) and translated into six languages. His latest two books are The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (2011), a study of Victorian and earlier forms of agnosticism and unbelief, and Surge of Piety (Yale, 2016), a study of psychology, psychiatry, and religiosity. Recent graduate seminars include “George Eliot: Fiction, Ethics, and Fellow-Feeling,” “Hatred and Social Dissent in 19th-Century British Literature,” “Psychoanalysis and Literature,” and “Introduction to Graduate Studies in English.” clane@northwestern.edu

jules-lawJules Law, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, is the author of The Rhetoric of Empiricism: Language and Perception from Locke to I. A. Richards (1993) and The Social Life of Fluids: Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel (Cornell, 2010). His essays on various literary and theoretical topics have appeared in PMLA, Critical Inquiry, SIGNS, NLH, Victorian Studies, and other journals, and portions of his current book project, Being There: Technologies of Immediation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, have appeared recently in ELH, Novel, and Nineteenth-Century Literature. Recent graduate seminar offerings include “Virtuality in the Nineteenth Century Novel,” “Victorian Fluids,” and “Triangles and Mirrors: Identity in the Victorian Novel.” jlaw@northwestern.edu

jeff_mastenJeffrey Masten, Professor of English and of Gender and Sexuality Studies, specializes in English literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, book history, and the history of sexualities. His book, Queer Philologies: Language, Sex, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. He has published Textual Intercourse: Collaboration, Authorship, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama (Cambridge, 1997), and, with Peter Stallybrass and Nancy J. Vickers, co-edited Language Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production (1997). For the Oxford University Press Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (2007), he edited the collaborative play The Old Law. Currently he is editing Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II for the Arden Early Modern Drama series; his research on the early readers of the play in relation to sodomy and heresy has been published in the TLS. In fall 2014, he led a graduate seminar in “Early Modern Sexualities.” j-masten@northwestern.edu

joel-mokyrJoel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, works in Economic History, specializing in European economic growth and the industrial revolution. Among his books are The British Industrial Revolution (2nd ed., 1999), The Gifts of Athena (2002), and The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 (Yale, 2009). He offers a graduate seminar in European Economic History each year. j-mokyr@northwestern.edu

evan-mwangiEvan Mwangi, Associate Professor of English, specializes in Anglophone and postcolonial literature, with a comparative emphasis on both relative to mainstream British literature and culture. His classes examine the works of such authors as V. S. Naipaul, Grace Nichols, Kazuo Ishiguro, Samuel Selvon, Monica Ali, Caryl Phillips, Salman Rushdie, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Buchi Emecheta, and Chinua Achebe in terms of their engagement with migration and postcolonial concerns. The author of Africa Writes Back to Self: Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality (SUNY, 2009), his current project includes analysis of experimental fiction by African, Asian, and Caribbean writers in Britain. evan-mwangi@northwestern.edu

monica-prasadMonica Prasad, Professor of Sociology, is the author of The Politics of Free Markets (2006; winner of the 2007 Barrington Moore Award) and The Land of Too Much (Harvard, 2012; winner of the 2013 award for the best book in sociology from the ASA). Her research includes a study of Thatcherism based on the Conservative Party Archives at the Bodleian Library and the Centre for Policy Studies Papers at the LSE. She teaches a course called “Global Capitalism” featuring, among other topics, several weeks on British industrialization, and a graduate course on “Neoliberalism” that includes discussion of the rise of free-market policies in Britain. m-prasad@northwestern.edu

Laurie-ShannonLaurie Shannon, Franklyn B. Snyder Professor and Chair of English, specializes in English literature of the long sixteenth century—from the rise of the printed book in the late 1400s to the beheading of Charles I in 1649. She is interested in the history of ideas, especially regarding sovereignty; law, medicine, and science; species; political imagination and stakeholdership; and the corporate form. Her first book, Sovereign Amity: Figures of Friendship in Shakespearean Contexts (2002), concerns bureaucracy, gender, agency, sexuality, and consent in early modern appropriations of classical friendship principles. Shannon’s second book extends constitutionalist questions beyond their familiar borders: The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales (Chicago, 2013) considers the political terms of pre-Cartesian dispensations across species. l-shannon@northwestern.edu

viv-soniVivasvan Soni, Associate Professor of English, specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with strong additional interests in the history of philosophy, genre theory, poststructuralism, and utopian writing. His book, Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity (Cornell, 2010), awarded the Modern Language Association’s eighteenth annual Prize for a First Book, traces the narrative processes by which modern ideas of happiness came to emerge in the eighteenth century. He recently edited a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (51.3) on “The Crisis of Judgment.” He is currently at work on two new projects: the problem of judgment in eighteenth-century novels, moral philosophy and aesthetics, for which he has received a Newberry Fellowship in 2014-15; and the fate of utopian writing and thinking in modernity. He has taught classes on “Realism and Utopia in the Eighteenth-Century Novel” and “Empiricism, Judgment, and the Emergence of the Aesthetic in the Eighteenth Century” (graduate), as well as “Sentimentalism and the Rise of the Novel,” “Jacobin and Gothic Novels,” and “Romanticism and Revolution.” v-soni@northwestern.edu

scott-sowerbyScott Sowerby, Associate Professor of History, teaches and studies early modern Britain and Europe with a particular interest in comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation, and cosmopolitanism. His book, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard, 2013), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize for the best first book in British history. He is the author of articles in Past & Present, the Journal of British Studies, the English Historical Review, and Parliamentary History. He is currently working on a book entitled States of Exclusion: Religious Diversity and Military Power in Early Modern Europe, a comparative study exploring the experiences of religious minorities in European militaries. He teaches courses on early modern Britain, early modern Europe, the history of gender and sexuality, and the early British Empire. sowerby@northwestern.edu

hendrik-spruytHendrik Spruyt, Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations in Political Science and Director of the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, is the author of The Sovereign State and Its Competitors (1994), on the emergence of sovereignty in early modern Europe. His Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition (2005) analyzed why the British withdrawal from its colonies stood in marked contrast to that of other European powers, such as France, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Co-authored with Alexander Cooley, Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations (Princeton, 2009) examines how states such as Britain maintained close relations with their erstwhile colonies, while at the same time regional organizations such as the European Union have eroded British sovereignty. Recent publications include “Unbundling Sovereign Rights through Incomplete Contracting: Empowering European Transnational Networks beyond the State,” in Reconfiguring European States in Crisis (Cambridge, 2017). h-spruyt@northwestern.edu

Helen-ThompsonHelen Thompson, Professor of English, specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with additional interests in philosophy, gender studies, and the history of science. Her most-recent book, Fictional Matter: Empiricism, Corpuscles, and the Novel (Penn, 2016), argues for the influence of chemical matter theory on ontology and form in the eighteenth-century British novel. She is also the author of Ingenuous Subjection: Compliance and Power in the Eighteenth-Century Domestic Novel (2005); of articles in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction; and of chapters in The Oxford History of the Novel in English and The Cambridge Companion to Robinson Crusoe, among others. She anticipates further work on the history of chemistry, particulate matter, and agency in eighteenth-century British science and letters. hthompson@northwestern.edu

tilleyHelen Tilley, Associate Professor of History, examines medical, environmental, and human sciences in colonial and post-colonial Africa, emphasizing intersections with environmental history, development studies, and British and world history. Her book Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge (Chicago, 2011), awarded the Ludwik Fleck Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, explores the dynamic interplay between scientific research and imperialism in British Africa between 1870 and 1950. She has also written articles and book chapters on the history of ecology, eugenics, agriculture, and epidemiology in tropical Africa, and is co-editor with Robert Gordon of Ordering Africa: Anthropology, European Imperialism, and the Politics of Knowledge (Manchester, 2007) and, with Michael Gordin and Gyan Prakash, of Utopia-Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility (Princeton, 2010). Her current project focuses on the history of African decolonization, global governance, and the ethnoscientific projects that accompanied post-colonial state building in the Cold War era. At Northwestern, she is affiliated with the programs in African Studies, Science in Human Culture, Global Health, and Environmental Policy and Culture. Her courses focus on the history of racial science, medical pluralism in Africa, global health, and environmental concerns around the world. helen.tilley@northwestern.edu

Wendy-WallWendy Wall, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, specializes in early modern British literature and culture. She is author of The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance (1993) and Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 2002), a finalist for the James Russell Lowell prize awarded by the MLA and a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner. An award-winning teacher, she has published and offered courses on topics as wide-ranging as Renaissance poetry, cookbooks, domesticity, the history of the book, gender, national identity, authorship, women’s writing, Shakespeare, and theatrical practice. She gives public lecturers in conjunction with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and with the Newberry Library in Chicago and has served as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her new book, Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press in Fall 2015. w-wall@northwestern.edu

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michal-ginsburgMichal P. Ginsburg, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, studies the nineteenth-century novel, including in Britain. Her books include Economies of Change: Form and Transformation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Stanford, 1996), and she is writing a comparative book project on nineteenth-century narratives that center around portraits.  m-ginsburg@northwestern.edu

alex-owenAlexandra Owen, Professor of History and Gender Studies, is a social and cultural historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to questions of gender and sexuality; the history of medicine, psychology, and psychoanalysis; and religion and modern heterodox spiritualities. She is the author of The Darkened Room: Women, Power and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England (1989) and The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern (Chicago, 2004). She is currently working on a book tentatively called Culture, Psyche and the Soul in Early Twentieth Century Britain, which investigates the post-World War 1 attempt to reconcile different forms of spirituality with a new (often Freudian) dynamic model of the mind. Appointed the Board of Lady Managers Professor from 2004-06 in recognition of her scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of students, Owen regularly taught British history, a large undergraduate class on the history of feminist thought, and a 405 seminar introducing graduate students to theoretical and methodological issues in women’s and gender history. a-owen@northwestern.edu