Areas of Specialization
American studies, post-colonial studies, feminism, 18th, 19th, and 20th C. U.S.literatures; film and television
Activities and Interest
My current research extends a line of inquiry begun in my 2017 monograph, Neocitizenship: Political Culture after Democracy. This book argues, in part, for the value of thinking transformations in political economy through the lens of popular culture. It has become commonplace to suggest that our present (neoliberal) moment is marked by the erosion or collapse of modern political institutions, Yet the political theory by which we apprehend this collapse emerges from precisely the modern historical synthesis that we is now, to all appearances, unraveling. When we take the measure of the present by deploying analytical categories forged in a prior epoch, it becomes difficult to read our own moment as anything but a ruined or degraded version of the past. Hence my turn in Neocitizenship to forms of popular culture (SF, television, manifestos, gonzo journalism) less closely bound to the normative categories and imaginative horizons of modern political economy. My new research extends my focus on the relays between political and popular culture. In particular, I am interested in the narratives of zombie apocalypse (in film, television, print fiction, and comics) and alternative ways to imagine mass politics.
- “Keyword: #Me,Too,” differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies, 30:1, special issue on “Sex Panics,” editor Robyn Wiegman (May 2019): 15-23
- “Palestine and the Public Sphere” (with Tom Foster, Amy Hagopian, Caitlin Palo, Shon Meckfessel, Michael V. Perez, and Sandra Silberstein), South Atlantic Quarterly 117:1 (January 2018): 190-2342
- Neocitizenship: Political Culture afer Democracy (New York University Press, 2017)
- Eva Cherniavsky. “The Canny Subaltern.” Theory After Theory. Eds. Jane Elliot and Derek Attridge. Routledge, Taylor, and Francis.
- Eva Cherniavsky. “Race.” Blackwell Encylopedia of the Novel. Eds. Susan Hegeman and Peter Logan. (Basel Blackwell Publishers). 2010.
- Eva Cherniavsky. “Neocitizenship and Critique.” Social Text 99 (Summer 2009): 1-23.
- Eva Cherniavsky. “The Romance of the Subaltern in the Twilight of Citizenship.” Global South 1:1
- Eva Cherniavsky. Incorporations: Race, Nation, and the Body Politics of Capital. University of Minnesota Press. 2006.
- Eva Cherniavsky. “Visionary Politics: Feminist Interventions in the Culture of Images.” (review essay) Feminist Studies 26:3 (Summer 2000).
- Eva Cherniavsky. “Real Again: Melodrama and the Subject of HIV/AIDS.” GLQ 4:3 (Summer 1998).
- Eva Cherniavsky. “Subaltern Studies in a U.S. Frame.” boundary 2 23:2 (Summer 1996).
- Eva Cherniavsky. That Pale Mother Rising: Sentimental Discourses and the Imitation of Motherhood in 19th C. America. Indiana University Press. 1995.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Janssen, Elizabeth C. Terms and Conditions: Cross-Cultural Reading and the Production of Literary Value. 2021. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Roberts, Daniel Elliot. Disordering Personality: Algorithmic Power, Criminal Profiling, and Diagnosis in Psychiatry and Forensic Investigation. 2021. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Reeves, Kathleen. Motherhood and Freedom in Women's Writing After 1970. 2021. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Hitchman, Matthew Kastrup. Maritime Sensibility: Sentimentalism, Racial Capitalism, and a Critique of the American Maritime Genre. 2020. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Alzaroo, Lubna. Settler Colonial Infrastructure: Necropolitics and Ecology in the U.S. and Palestine. 2020. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Kumler, David Ryan. Into the Seething Vortex: Occult Horror and the Subversion of the Realistic. 2020. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Murr, Jed. The Unquiet Dead: Race and Violence in the "Post-Racial" United States. 2014. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Schmidt, Suzanne. "Crafting" the Race House of the Domestic Individual: Political Subjectivities, Hierarchy, and Value in the Crafting and Do-It-Yourself Labors of Domestic Fiction, 1850 - Present. 2014. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Boyd, Kathleen E. 'Thoughts that Burn but Cannot be Spoken': Re-imagining the Political within Histories of Feminist Activism. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Hisayasu, Curtis Toyo. Strangers in the City: U.S. Liberalism, Literary Realism, and the Politics of Illegibility. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Morse, Jason H. Promiscuous Contextualities: Race, Sex, Gender, and the Problem of the Stereotype in the Politics of Representation. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Ravela, Christian. States of Dispossession: US Political Culture, State Form, and Race from 1930 to the Present. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Rose, Andrew M. Towards a Postnatural Environmental Politics: Distributed Agency and Political Subjectivity in U.S. Literature and Culture. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Trujillo, Simon Ventura. Forgotten Pueblos: La Alianza Federal de Mercedes and the Cultural Politics of Indo-Hispano. 2013. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Kim, Bom. Speculative Capital and Its Wastes: Race, Labor, and War in the Age of Financialization. 2021. University of Washington, PhD dissertation.
- Faculty and Staff Notes - December 19, 2021
- English and the Humanities Adapt and Thrive - December 18, 2021
- Alumni Updates - January 6, 2020
- Faculty Notes - May 15, 2019
- Faculty Publications - May 30, 2017
- Faculty Publish New Books - January 18, 2017
- Emerging Directions and Continuing Traditions in the English Department - May 6, 2015
- Endowed Research : Hilen Endows Literary and Cultural Studies - December 13, 2013