Departmental Directory

Steven Weisenburger

Mossiker Chair in Humanities & Professor of English

PhD, University of Washington


Steven WeisenburgerAn interdisciplinary American studies scholar, my writing and teaching concentrate on the intersections of narrative practices, American cultural and social history, race & ethnicity, and satire (an abiding interest). Since 1995 my work has concentrated on the textual and socio-cultural articulation of racial and ethnic identities, on the modes of covert and overt domination employed to regulate those identity constructions, and on peoples’ ways of resisting racialized power.



Courses taught

Fiction, Introduction to Literary Studies, American Literature Surveys, Undergraduate and Graduate seminars in American Literature & Cultural History

Areas of Research

Narrative fiction, American literature & history, slavery & race

Publications (selected)

  • Fables of Subversion:  Satire & the American Novel (1995)
  • Modern Medea:  A Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South (1998, pbk 1999)
  • A Gravity’s Rainbow Companion (revised 2nd Edn pbk. 2006)
  • Gravity’s Rainbow, Domination, & Freedom (2013)
  • American White Supremacy:  A History (in-progress)

Distinctions/honors/awards

  • Fellow, Flemish Royal Academy (2009)
  • Research Professor, University of Kentucky (1999-2000)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Kentucky (1996)
  • NEH Fellowship for Independent Study & Research (1986)