Curriculum Vitae

James Searle

Department of English, University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue

The University at Albany, SUNY

Albany, NY  12222




Ph.D. in English, SUNY Albany, 2021

Dissertation: “The Entanglements of Poetry and Science in the Modern American Imagination”

Committee: Eric Keenaghan (Chair), Jennifer Greiman (Reader), Paul Stasi (Reader)


M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon, 2009


B.A. in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 2007


Areas of Specialization:

Modernism, American Literature, Poetry and Poetics, Critical Theory, American Pragmatism, Science and Literature



  1. Book Reviews


“Review: Thinking Through the Imagination: Aesthetics in Human Cognition” (Review Article) Textual Practice Volume 29.5 (2015)


“Review: Life, Literature, and Modernity” (Review Article) MLN Volume 124.5 (2010)


  1. Book Chapters


“Against Apologetics: Vocation and the Poetics of Inquiry” (Book Chapter), forthcoming in The Return of the Text (Fordham UP)


“Mind in its Purest Play: Imagination, Politics, and Reading” (Essay), in Conference Proceedings of “The Natural History of Reading” (2010)


Conference Talks and Public Presentations:

“Du Bois’s John Brown: Freedom, Determinism, and the Cadences of Chance” at C19 Seventh Biennial Conference, April 2022


“Writing Mind: Improvisation, Imagination, and Textual Form in William Carlos Williams” at MLA, January 2021


“’music it for yourself’: Williams, Judgment, and Aesthetic Education” at The American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, California May 2020 [Cancelled due to Covid]


“The Basis of Faith in Art: On Some Kantian Themes in William Carlos Williams” at The Uses of Aesthetics Conference Karlstad, Sweden, September 2019


“Muriel Rukeyser and the Poetics of Possibility” at the 44th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 2016


“American Modernism and the Hidden 19th Century” at The Hidden Nineteenth Century Seminar Johns Hopkins University, July 2014


“Musement and Inquiry: Peirce’s Relevance for Literary Study Today” at Le Moyne College’s “The Return of the Text” Conference, September 2013


Panelist for “An Injury to One: Fighting the Exploitation of Graduate Student Labor,” at MLA, January 2012.




Spring 2011

Writing Tutor for the Writing Center at UAlbany

Spring 2012

Instructor Eng. 121 Reading Literature

Summer 2012

Instructor for Eng. 100Z Analytical Writing (Writing Intensive)

Fall 2012

Instructor Eng. 295 Classics of Western Literature

Spring 2013

Instructor Eng. 226 (Special Topics): The Labors of Reading Moby-Dick

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Undergraduate Academic Advisor for English Department

Spring 2015

Instructor for Eng. 338 (American Lit. After 1900): Personhood and Place

Instructor for Eng. 121 Reading Literature

Fall 2015

Instructor for Eng. 240V Rewriting America (Writing Intensive)

Instructor for Eng. 358 Studies in Poetry: The Politics of Post-War Poetic


Fall 2016

Instructor for Eng. 110Z Writing and Critical Inquiry in the Humanities

Fall 2017

Instructor for Eng. 205Z Introduction to Writing in English Studies

Spring 2018

Instructor for Eng. 205Z Introduction to Writing in English Studies

Fall 2018

Instructor for Eng. 272: Media Technology and Culture: Challenges in the 21st Century

Spring 2019

Instructor for Eng. 270: Living Literature: The Elegy

Fall 2019

Instructor for Eng. 359: Studies in Narrative: Literature as Equipment for Living

Spring 2020

Instructor for Eng. 205Z: Introduction to Writing in English Studies

Fall 2020

Instructor for Eng. 121: Introduction to Literature

Spring 2021

Instructor for Eng. 205Z: Introduction to Writing in English Studies

Instructor for Eng. 210: Introduction to English Studies




  1. Academic Service


2013-2014-Undergraduate Academic Advisor for English Department


2. Professional and Public Service

2011-2020-Chief Steward, Business Agent, and Executive Vice President for the Graduate Student Employees Union/ CWA Local 1104

2010-2011-Chair of English Department Outreach Committee & Books for Prisoners Program

Founding Member of Save Our SUNY and New York Students Rising


Awards and Scholarships:


Recipient of the 2021 University of Albany Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation in English Award at U Albany

Recipient of the 2020 Richard Thorns Dissertation Summer Fellowship at U Albany, Summer 2020 ($1500.00)

Nominated for the Daniel and Wendy J. L. Keyser Teaching Excellence Award at U Albany, 2019-2020

Recipient of the 2016 United University Professions William Scheuerman Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship ($ 3000.00).

Professional Development Award ($ 498.00) from the UAlbany Graduate Student Association Summer 2016

Nominated for the 2015 UAlbany Faculty/Student Engagement Award by members of the graduating undergraduate class of 2015.

Recipient of the 2013 UAlbany English Graduate Student Organization Recognition Award for outstanding departmental engagement and support.


Professional Affiliations:

Modern Language Association, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment