Richard Grusin Appointed as C21 Director

Richard Grusin The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is pleased to announce that Richard Grusin, Professor of English, is returning to C21 as director, starting with the 2017-18 academic year. He was previously director from 2010-15.

Professor Grusin received his Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley, and in addition to his faculty appointment at UWM he has held appointments at the College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Wayne State (where he chaired the Department of English from 2001 to 2008).

He is the author of four books: Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Institutional Authority and the Higher Criticism of the Bible (Duke, 1991); Remediation: Understanding New Media (MIT, 1999), co-authored with Jay David Bolter; Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America’s National Parks (Cambridge, 2004); and Premediation: Affect and Mediality After 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

While C21 director, Grusin edited two collections of scholarly essays that developed out of conferences he organized: The Nonhuman Turn (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and Anthropocene Feminism (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). A third collection, After Extinction, which also grew out of a C21 conference, is due for publication with Minnesota in early 2018.

C21 would also like to thank outgoing director Kennan Ferguson (Political Science) for his two years of dedicated service. Professor Ferguson will be returning full-time to the Political Science department.

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