affiliated faculty

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

French and Italian Studies

Claudio Fogu is the current Director of the Italian Program. His research interests include the relationship between Italian modernism and mass culture, and the theory and philosophy of history, especially in relation to the development of visual, and now digital culture. A cultural-intellectual historian by training, he is the author of The Historic Imaginary: Politics of Hstory in Fascist Italy (2003) and co-editor of The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (2007). He is working on a book-project on the Mediterranean imaginary in twentieth-century Italian culture entitled The View from the Mediterranean.


Prof. Fradenburg is Director of the English Department’s specialization in “Literature and the Mind,” and Clinical Associate of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, with a private practice in Goleta, CA. Her particular interests are Medieval English and Scottish literary culture, critical theory, gender and sexualities, and psychoanalytic theory. She is the author of City, Marriage Tournament: Arts of Rule in Late Medieval Scotland (1991); and Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer (2002), and many articles on the relationship between contemporary thought and Medieval Studies.

Department of Art

Research areas include: critical theory, film studies, the culture of the Cold War, visual literacy, Deleuze and minor literatures. Colin Gardner's most recent book is Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art (2012), a critical study of Samuel Beckett's experimental work for film and television and its connection to Gilles Deleuze's ontology of the image in Cinema 1 and Cinema 2. Gardner contributed the chapter on Roland Barthes to Felicity Colman's Film, Theory & Philosophy: The Key Thinkers (2009) and is currently collaborating with Dr. Colman on a Three-Volume Encyclopedia of Film-Philosophy (2014), which attempts to bridge the gap between continental and analytic approaches.


Prof. Ghosh works and teaches on Global studies, postcolonial theory and media studies, gender/sexuality studies. Her first monograph, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (2004), addressed the dialectical relations between emerging global markets and literatures reflexively marked as “postcolonial,” while her second, Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (2011), turned to visual popular culture as it constitutes the global. She is currently working on a book on the spectral life of the postcolonial in contemporary cinemas, The Unhomely Sense: The Spectral Cinema of Globalization.


Prof. Gunn's central interests include American literature; literary theory and criticism; American cultural and religious studies; global literature and culture; literature and religion; and literature and philosophy. He is the author of F.O. Matthiessen: The Critical Achievement (1975); The Interpretation of Otherness: Literature, Religion, and the American Imagination (1979); The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture (1987); Thinking Across the American Grain: Ideology, Intellect, and the New Pragmatism (1992). He is currently at work on a book on critical cosmopolitanism in an era of global absolutisms.