Prof. Annie McClanahan

Annie McClanahan, Assistant Professor

office: Curtin Hall 472
vita (pdf 91k)


PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2010
BA, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1999

Teaching and Research Interests:

21st Century literature and culture
American Studies
Film and Cultural Studies
Economic History
Marxist Theory
Credit and Debt
Narrative Theory and History of the Novel

Current Project:

Professor McClanahan is currently at work on a book project titled "Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture." Theorizing new modes of uncertainty and belief, character and credibility, social cohesion and collective default, "Dead Pledges" explores how cultural texts have been compelled to account for the expansion and collapse of a financialized credit economy.

Selected Awards:

Cornell Society of Fellows Fellowship, 2012-2013
Humanities Center at Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009


"Character Economies: Credit Scoring, Personification, and National Debt." Representations (Special issue: "Financialization and the Culture Industry"), Forthcoming 2015.

“Bad Credit: The Character of Credit Scoring." Representations (Special issue: Financialization and the Culture Industry) 126.1 (2014): 31-57.

"Investing in the Future: Late Capitalism's End of History." Journal of Cultural Economy (Special issue: Fictions of Finance) 6.1 (2013): 78-93.

"Dead Pledges: Debt, Horror, and the Credit Crisis." Post45 Peer Reviewed (2012).

"The Living Indebted: Student Militancy and the Financialization of Debt." qui parle 20.1 (2011): 57-77. (Translated and reprinted in De la nueva miseria: La universidad en crisis y la nueva rebellion estudiantil, Ed. Joseba Fernandez and Carlos Sevilla, Ediciones Akal, 2013)

"Coming Due: Accounting for Debt, Counting on Crisis." South Atlantic Quarterly 110.2 (2011): 539-545.

"Future's Shock: Preemption, Plausibility, and the Fiction of 9/11." symploke 17.1/2 (2010): 41-62.

Editorial Work

Co-editor (with Hamilton Carroll, University of Leeds), "Fictions of Speculation: Popular Genres and Contemporary Economy," special issue of Journal of American Studies (Cambridge UP). Forthcoming.