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Christian P Haines

Christian P Haines

Associate Professor of English
425 Burrowes Building.
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Christian Haines

Spring 2024 Office Hours

Tu, 11:30am-1:30pm. W, 11:10am-12:05pm. And by appointment.


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

Professional Bio

Christian P. Haines is an associate professor of English at Penn State University. His first book, A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons, was published by Fordham University Press in 2019. His work has appeared in journals such as Genre, Criticism, Cultural Critique, LIT, and symplokē, as well as in edited volumes (including The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics and Ahab Unbound: Melville and the Materialist Turn). He serves as Associate Editor of the journal Utopian Studies and Contributing Editor for Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. He's also co-edited special issues of Cultural Critique ("What Comes After the Subject?", Spring 2017) and the minnesota review ("Is there a place for the commons?" Fall 2019). He's currently writing a book on speculative fiction, capitalism, and ecology, tentatively titled Planetary Fictions, as well as articles on contemporary capitalism, logistics, and the literary genre system.

His research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century and contemporary US literature, lyric poetry, Marxism, environmental humanities, continental philosophy, game studies, and utopian studies.

He also publishes non-academic criticism on literature, games, and popular culture for websites/magazines like The Los Angeles Review of Books, Unwinnable Monthly, Uppercut Criticism, and Gamers with Glasses.