affiliated faculty

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

Spanish and Portuguese

An award-winning translator, Professor Levine also works on Latin American literature, comparative literary studies, translation studies, literary theory. Her scholarly and critical works include her award-winning literary biography Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman (2000) and her book on the poetics of translation The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction (1991, 2009). Professor Levine's most recent translations are included in the five-volume Penguin Classics series of Jorge Luis Borges’s poetry and essays: she is the general editor of this series, & editor of the volume On Writing.

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Xiaorong Li's areas of research are concerned with gender and literary production, women's writings, literati culture, and literary trends in the late imperial period (ca. 1500–1900).  She also conducts research on women poets in classical Chinese poetry in Japan and Korea from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
She published Women’s Poetry of Late Imperial China: Transforming the Inner Chambers (2012).


Prof. Lindheim's research focuses on Latin poetry of the Augustan Age, primarily through the lens of gender and psychoanalytic theory. Her first book, Mail and Female: Epistolary Narrative and Desire in Ovid's Heroides (2003), explores the representation of feminine desire in the collection of poetic letters from heroines of ancient myth and literature to the heroes who have abandoned them. She is currently working on a project that seeks to explore the ways in which Augustan poets participate in a new cultural preoccupation with space that emerges with Augustus' consolidation of power and empire.

Black Studies

George Lipsitz studies social movements, urban culture, and inequality. His numerous books include: How Racism Takes Place (2011), Midnight at the Barrelhouse. The Johnny Otis Story (2010), Footsteps in the Dark.The Hidden Histories of Popular Music (2007), The Possessive Investment in Whiteness. How White People Profit from Identity Politics (1998), Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s (1994), Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism, and the Poetics of Place (1994), The Sidewalks of St. Louis: Places, People, and Politics in an American City (1991), Time Passages. Collective Memory and American Popular Culture (1990), and A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition (1988)


Alan Liu is Professor of English; he has published books titled Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008).  Recent essays include "The Meaning of the Digital Humanities" (2013), "From Reading to Social Computing" (2013), "Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?" (2012), "The State of the Digital Humanities: A Report and a Critique" (2012), and "Friending the Past: The Sense of History and Social Computing" (2011).  Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research in 1994.  Projects he has directed include the University of California Transliteracies Project on online reading and the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) software project.  Liu is founder and co-leader of the advocacy initiative.