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Christian P Haines

Christian P Haines

Assistant Professor of English

425 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

MAILROOM: 430 Burrowes Building


  1. PhD, Comparative Literature, Graduate Minor in English, December 2012, University of Minnesota
  2. B.A., English; Minor: History, Summa Cum Laude, May 2006, University of Florida

Professional Bio

Christian P. Haines is an assistant professor of English at Penn State University. His first book, A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons , will be published by Fordham University Press in October 2019. His work has appeared in journals including Genre, Criticism, Cultural Critique, LIT, and boundary 2, as well as in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, Neoliberalism and Contemporary American Literature (UNH Press), and What’s Wrong with Antitheory? (Palgrave). He serves as a contributing editor for Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. He's also co-edited a special issue of Cultural Critique, “What Comes After the Subject?” (Spring 2017) and a special issue of the minnesota review, "Is there a place for the commons?" (Fall 2019). He’s currently writing a second book, The Scored Life, which looks at finance and contemporary culture, as well as doing research for a book on weird fiction and weird biology, tentatively titled A Natural History of the Weird.

His research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century and contemporary American literature, literary and critical theory (especially biopolitics, queer theory, and Marxism), continental philosophy, critical finance studies, and utopian studies.