Rutgers English

Faculty Profile
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Christopher P. Iannini
Associate Professor of English
Director Undergraduate Studies

36 Union Street | Room 102
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: On Leave Spring 2017

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"Students often come into a course on early American literature expecting to learn something about the origin of the United States. And as people who were born here, or moved here, or live here for the moment, they expect to learn something about themselves too. I try to impress upon them that, for most of the colonial period, people in the Americas had no idea that something called the ‘United States’ would ever exist, or that they were ‘progressing’ toward it. They inhabited a different world that needs to be understood on its own terms. When the class goes well, they do learn something about origins, but not in the way they expected."

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, City University of New York
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Colby College

Colonial and Early American Literature; Literature and Science

Undergraduate Courses Taught
  • Seminar: Writing Revolution
  • Atlantic Cultures
  • Colonial American Literature
  • Literary Theory
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship (full year), 2008-2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2006
  • Alumni and Faculty Prize for the Most Distinguished Dissertation of the Year, Ph.D. Program in English (Graduate Center, CUNY), 2004
  • Member, American Studies Association
  • Member, Society of Early Americanists
  • Member, Modern Language Association
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