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Michael Hart

Michael Hart

English Graduate Assistant

McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellow, 2013-2019

Humanities Institute Summer Fellow, 2018

Welch/Nagle Family Fellow, Fall 2018

201 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • I am currently on a teaching release for Fall 2018


  1. PhD English, Penn State University, anticipated 2019
  2. MA English, Penn State University, 2015
  3. BA English (with Honors), Rice University, 2010
  4. BA Mathematical Economic Analysis (with Honors), Rice University, 2010

Professional Bio

I'm a PhD candidate in English Literature and Language whose scholarship focuses on modernism, and especially its shifting ontologies in contemporary criticism, philosophy, and art. My dissertation, "Up the Academy," explores the academic formalization of English literary studies within the university and the non-academic reading programs that emerged in response. An excerpt from my first chapter is forthcoming in a Modernism/modernity Print Plus cluster on "Institutions." I've published in Adaptation and the Hemingway Review, and I have another piece forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature. Most recently I taught a course titled "Sports, Ethics, Literature" and in the past I've taught courses on post-45 American fiction, rhetoric and composition, and writing in the social sciences. This past summer I was a Humanities Institute Fellow, and this Fall I am the Welch/Nagle Family Fellow. Previously, I served as Head Research Assistant for the Hemingway Letters Project .