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Research Overview

Dive Deep. From Shakespeare to soul, from early-modern British to modern Vietnamese literature and vernacular English in post-liberalization India, from Christian mystical theology to contemporary theories, from ethical questions raised by genomics to cinema in the Anthropocene and ranchers in the dry American west, the Department of English dives deep into a dizzying array of research topics.

Trans Area Literature Collective

The Trans Area Literature Collective consists of scholars of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literatures across media, with special interests in global, interdisciplinary, and multilingual perspectives. Our work draws on area-studies models to expand beyond comparative approaches to literary studies. We challenge the power inequities inherent in traditional practices of comparison, focusing on histories of colonialism and imperialism, the politics of minority and indigenous cultures, and questions of race and gender. These research commitments also inform our pedagogy in the undergraduate and graduate classroom.

  • Candice Amich: Performance Studies, Poetics, Neoliberal Americas
  • Colin Dayan: Caribbean, Early American, Animal Studies
  • Alex Dubilet: Political Theology, Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy
  • Jen Fay: Film & Media Studies, Critical Theory, Environmental Studies
  • Vera Kutzinski: Americas, Translation, Black Atlantic
  • Anthony Reed: Africa Diaspora, Critical Theory, Sound and Media
  • Akshya Saxena: Global South Comparatism (South Asian and African Anglophone literatures), Critical Translation Studies, Sound and Media
  • Allison Schachter: Diaspora, Transnationalism, Jewish Modernity
  • Haerin Shin: Transnational, Transmedia, Decolonial
  • Hortense Spillers: Diaspora, U.S. National, Black American 
  • Ben Tran: Decolonization, Translation, Transpacific


Research Resources and Locations

The Department of English maintains a number of relationships that support unparalleled research opportunities for our faculty and graduate students. Undergraduate research opportunities are available through Vanderbilt’s unique Immersion program.

For Faculty

For Graduate Students