Dr. James Faubion, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology and the author and/or editor of Critical Thinkers Now: Michel Foucault (Polity Press, forthcoming 2014), An Anthropology of Ethics (ed., with George Marcus, Cambridge 2011), Shadows and Lights of Waco: Millenialism Today (Princeton, 2001), among other works. His current research includes the problematization of the statistical representation of the future, the logical and rhetorical dimensions of the narrative imagination of the future, and the contemporary modalities of the engagement with risk and uncertainty. He has written widely on the anthropology of self-formation and ethics; anthropological research design; the work of Michel Foucault; the theorization of kinship; religious ideation and practice; the anthropology of literature; and ancient and modern Greece.
Dr. Timothy Morton, Professor
Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English
Dr. Judith Roof, Professor
William Shakespeare Chair in English
Her work is in 20th and 21st century literature, film, drama, criticism/theory, and culture generally, both US and UK as well as European loci of avant-gardisms. She has published books and essays on topics ranging from narrative theory, studies in sexuality, Hollywood cinema, DNA, the shift from analogue to digital, psychoanalysis, gender, film theory, hoaxes, The Big Lebowski, nerds, viagra, James Bond, feminist criticism, protozoa, systems theory, critical legal studies (she is also an attorne), and the work of such authors as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Marguerite Duras, Virginia Woolf, Percival Everett, Richard Powers, Nicole Brossard, David Hare, Simon Gray, Tom Stoppard, and, well, Rabelais. Judith has also edited or co-edited collections of essays on dramatic criticism, the "oddball archive," feminist criticism, comedy, and psychoanalysis. She is currently working on three projects, one on presence, absence, mimo-technologies, and the hoax, informed by the work of Teresa Brennan, Siegfried Zielinski, and Wilèm Flusser, a second on literary tone, and a third on "retropresentism" which works through the logics grounding the reappearance of such figures as Ethel Merman, Rosa Lewis, and Cole Porter throughout the past 100 years.
Books include A Lure of Knowledge, Lesbian Sexuality and Theory (Columbia UP, 1991), Come As You Are: Narrative and Sexuality (Columbia UP, 1996), Reproductions of Reproduction: Imaging Symbolic Change (Routledge, 1996), All About Thelma and Eve: Sidekicks and Third Wheels (University of Illinois, 2002), The Poetics of DNA (University of Minnesota, 2007), What Gender Is, What Gender Does (University of Minnesota, 2016), and The Comic Event: Comedic Performance from the 1950s to the Present (Bloomsbury, 2018). Edited (or co-edited) collections include Feminism and Psychoanalysis (Cornell, 1989 with Richard Feldstein), Who Can Speak? Authority and Critical Identity (University of Illinois, 1995 with Robyn Wiegman), Staging the Rage: Misogyny in Modern Drama (Farleigh-Dickinson 1998 with Katherine Burkman), Talking Drama (Cambridge Scholars, 2009), The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive (Indiana UP, 2016, with Jonathan Eburne) and Lacan and Posthumanism (Palgrave, 2018 with Svitlana Matviyenko).Faculty Website