Michael Warner Is Named the Seymour H. Knox Professor

Michael Warner, who has been designated as the Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, has a range of interests that include American literature of the Colonial and Antebellum periods; social theory; media studies; the history of the book; queer theory and politics; and secularism and religion.

He is currently working on a study of secularism, including both the theoretical understanding of secularism in the present and an exploration of its historical development in America. A common thread of his work, Warner notes, is examining how different social worlds are built up out of different circulating media and ways of reading and hearing.

Warner is the author of “Publics and Counterpublics,” “The Trouble with Normal” and “The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America.” He is the editor or co-editor of “The Portable Walt Whitman,” “American Sermons,” “The English Literatures of America,” “Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory” and “The Origins of Literary Studies in America: A Documentary Anthology.” He is also a co-editor of the forthcoming “Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age.”

Warner, who is also a professor of American studies, will become chair of the English department in January 2009. He joined the Yale faculty in 2007 after teaching since 1990 at Rutgers University, where he was the Board of Governors Professor of English and director of the Center for Critical Analysis. He previously taught at Northwestern University and the Johns Hopkins University.

Warner earned his B.A. at Oral Roberts University, an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a second M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University.

Warner has twice won the Foerster Prize for Best Essay in American Literature. His other honors include Northwestern University’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in Lesbian and Gay Studies and research grants or fellowships from the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society.

He is co-editor of the Public Planet Books (published by Duke University Press) and has served on the editorial boards of American Literature and Early American Literature, among other professional activities.

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