affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.

English

Prof. Raley is the Director of the Transcriptions Center for digital humanities/new media research. She is also affiliated with Film and Media Studies, and Global Studies. Her most recent publications include Tactical Media (2009) and articles on locative and mobile media, text-based media arts installations, digital poetics, and dataveillance. Her research also investigates relations between language and information technologies and she has published on Global English, codework, and machine translation. She works on 20th-21st century-literature in English, and on Discourses on globalization, finance capital, Empire, biopolitics, security, and Netwar.

English

Swati Rana specializes in twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic literature, and transnational American studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between literary and social forms, exploring how ethnic literature represents the complexities of minority identity and how ethnic writers creatively negotiate and refigure pressing social questions. She teaches undergraduate courses on diasporic literature, the idea of America, immigrant autobiography, model minority myths, and postracial discourse. Her graduate courses examine new paradigms in comparative ethnic literary studies as well as articulations of race and form within postcolonial and transnational frameworks. Her research has appeared in American Literary History and American Literature. She is currently working on a book project that presents a comparative study of problem characters in early twentieth-century U.S. ethnic literature.

Religious Studies, & Member, Translation Studies Advisory Board

Professor Reynolds' teaching and research interests include Arabic languages and literatures, folklore and folklife. He is the author of Arab Folklore: A Handbook (2007) and Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995). He is also section editor for and contributing author to The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period  (Part IV: Popular Prose; 2006), and editor and co-author of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture (Cambridge UP, 2015). In 2010 with his team he published the online digital archive housing field recordings, field notes, historical background, Arabic texts, English translations, photographs and a special “virtual performance” mode for the Arabic oral epic poem Sīrat Banī Hilāl funded by a 2008-2009 “Digital Innovation” Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies: www.siratbanihilal.ucsb.edu. Prof. Reynolds has been Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (April 2018); Senior Research Fellow, New York University Abu Dhabi (Jan-March 2018); and Gastprofessor, Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität, Berlin (DAAD Fellowship).

East Asian Studies

Prof. Saltzman-Li's research is primarily on pre-modern Japanese literature and drama, especially kabuki. Her book, Creating Kabuki Plays: Context for Kezairoku, "Valuable Notes on Playwriting" (2010) is organized around a study of the only extant Edo-period treatise fully devoted to the work of the playwright. It examines kabuki play creation and playwrights, as well as interactions among various artistic groups of the latter half of the Edo Period.

English

Russell Samolsky's research interests include South African literature, Jewish studies, animal studies, and the global humanities. His book, Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee, which takes account of the complex relationship between past apocalyptic texts and future catastrophic events, was published by Fordham University Press in 2011. His current book project, “Killing Dogs,” examines the place of the dog in the contemporary literary and theoretical discourse on the question of the animal.

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