• Luciano, Dana
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of English
  • Tel: : 848-932-8193
  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 044, College Ave Campus


1999 Ph.D. English, Cornell University.
Major Subject: American Literature.
Minor Subjects: Women's Studies; LGBT Studies. 
1996 M.A. in English, Cornell University. 
1989 A. B. in Modern Literature and Society (Honors) and International Relations (magna cum laude), Brown University.

Research Specialties

Early American, Environmental Humanities, Film, Gender & Sexuality, Nineteenth-Century American, Theory

Research Specialties

Queer studies; affect theory; 19th-century American literature; environmental humanities; photography, film, and media studies.

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Biographical Notes

Dana Luciano is Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses in queer studies, environmental humanities, and nineteenth-century American literature. Recent publications include Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (NYU Press, 2014), co-edited with Ivy G. Wilson; “Queer Inhumanisms,” a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, co-edited with Mel Y. Chen (spring/summer 2015); and essays in American Literature, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Reading the Anthropocene: Literary History in Geologic Times (Penn State University Press, 2017). She is currently at work on two monographs: How the Earth Feels: Geological Fantasy in the Nineteenth Century U.S., and Time and Again: The Affective Circuits of Spirit Photography.

Luciano is a member of the Editorial Collective for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities


Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies
NYU Press, 2014

Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America
NYU Press, 2007

Introduction to “Afterlives of Nineteenth-Century American Racism,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 6:1, spring 2018.

“Romancing the Trace: Edward Hitchcock’s Speculative Ichnology,” in Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Tayloreds., Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, Penn State University Press, 2017.

“Speaking Substances: Rock,” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 12, 2016. 

“Touching Seeing.” American Literary History 28:1, spring 2016.

“How the Earth Feels: Interview.” Transatlantica: Revue d’études américaines, special issue 
on Deep Time, winter 2015.

“Has the Queer Ever Been Human?” (co-authored with Mel Y. Chen), introduction to  “Queer Inhumanisms.” Special double issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, co-edited with Mel Y. Chen. Vol. 22 nos. 2-3, spring/summer 2015.

"The Inhuman Anthropocene." Avidly, March 22, 2015.

“Tracking Prehistory.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, forum on monstrosity, ed. John Modern, forthcoming spring 2015.

“Sacred Theories of Earth: Matters of Spirit in William and Elizabeth Denton’s The Soul of Things.” American Literature, special issue, “After the Post-Secular.” December 2014.

"Introduction: On Moving Ground," in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, co-edited with Ivy G. Wilson. NYU Press, 2014.

Social Text Periscope dossier on Cruel Optimism and conversation with author Lauren Berlant, 2013. http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/cruel-optimism/

“Unrealized: The Queer Time of The Hermaphrodite,” in Gary Williams and Renée Bergland, eds., Philosophies of Sex: Essays on The Hermaphrodite (Ohio State University Press, 2012).

“Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come: Velvet Goldmine’s Queer Archive,” in E.L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen, eds., Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY Press, 2011). Winner, Crompton-Noll Award, 2012.

“Geological Fantasies, Haunting Anachronies: Eros, Time, and History in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s ‘The Amber Gods,’” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 55.3-4, Special Issue, “Come Again?” December 2009. 

“Coming Around Again: The Queer Momentum of Far From Heaven,” GLQ 13.2-3 (Spring/Summer 2007), special issue on “Queer Temporalities,” ed. Elizabeth Freeman, pp. 249-72.  Honorable mention, Crompton-Noll Award, 2007.

“Love’s Measures,” contribution to roundtable on Brokeback Mountain, ed. Scott Herring, GLQ 13.1 (Winter 2006). 

“Melville’s Untimely History: ‘Benito Cereno’ as Counter-Monumental Narrative,” Arizona Quarterly 60.3 (Fall 2004). 

“Passing Shadows: Melancholy Nationality and Black Publicity in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Of One Blood,” in David Eng and David Kazanjian, eds., Loss:  The Psychic and Social Contexts of Melancholia (University of California Press, 2003). 

“Invalid Relations: Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady,” The Henry James Review 23.2 (May 2002).

“'Perverse Nature': Edgar Huntly and the Novel's Reproductive Disorders,” American Literature 70.1 (March 1998).