Ian Baucom

University of Virginia
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies

Ian Baucom works on twentieth century British Literature and Culture, postcolonial and cultural studies, and African and Black Atlantic literatures. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity (1999, Princeton University Press), Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History (2005, Duke University Press), and co-editor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (2005, Duke University Press). He has edited special issues of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Atlantic Studies, Romanticism, and Climate Change and is currently working on a new book project tentatively entitled History 4 Degrees Celsius: Search for a Method. Prof. Baucom came to the University of Virginia, where he is now Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, after serving 17 years in Duke University’s Department of English as a professor and as the director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

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