Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English and the Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University. From 2008-2014, she served as the Director of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (SCT) and she currently serves as an Honorary Senior Fellow of the SCT. She is a literary scholar and theorist who has written on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, literary and political theory, and contemporary debates in the humanities. She is the author of Psyche and Ethos: Morality After Psychology (Oxford, 2018), Bleak Liberalism (Chicago, 2016), The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton, 2006), The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (Princeton, 2001), and Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Cornell, 1993). She is also the co-editor of George Eliot: A Companion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Disciplinarity at the Fin de Si├Ęcle (Princeton, 2002). Prior to joining the Brown faculty, she taught at Johns Hopkins University, where she served as department chair from 2003-2009. As the Director of the Cogut Institute at Brown, she has developed a new Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities, available to all graduate students currently enrolled in Brown doctoral programs in the humanities and the qualitative social sciences.