Information Science & Information Studies

    Priscilla Wald
  • Priscilla Wald

  • Professor of English
  • Information Science + Information Studies
  • Bay 12 Room 103
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 684-6869
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Office Hours: By request
    Not teaching Spring 2010
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  • Specialties

    • American Literature
    • Medicine and Literature
    • Science and Literature
    • Law and Literature
    • Gender & Sexuality Studies
    • African American Literature
    • Modern to Contemporary
    • Novels
    • Critical Theory
    • Other
  • Research Summary

    American Literature; Literature and Medicine; Literature and Science; Literature and Law; science and new media; race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity;
  • Research Description

    Priscilla Wald teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries, contemporary narratives of science and medicine, science fiction literature and film, and environmental studies. Her current work focuses on the intersections among the law, literature, science and medicine. Her recent book-length study, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, considers the intersection of medicine and myth in the idea of contagion and the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of "emerging infections." She is currently at work on a book-length study entitled Human Being After Genocide. This work chronicles the challenge to conceptions of human being that emerged from scientific and technological innovation in the wake of the Second World War and from the social and political thought of that period, which addressed the geopolitical transformations that followed the war and decolonization movements. The trajectory of the book moves from these challenges through the rise of science fiction and the theory of "biopolitics" to the mapping of the human genome and its consequences. She is especially interested in analyzing how information emerging from research in the genome sciences circulates through mainstream media and popular culture and how the language, narratives and images in those media register and promote a particular understanding of the science that is steeped in (often misleading) cultural biases and assumptions. Recently, having co-edited, with Michael Elliott, volume 6 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English, The American Novel, 1870-1940, Wald is also working on several essays on American literature and culture for essay collections. In her research, her teaching and her professional activities, she is committed to promoting conversations among scholars from science, medicine, law and cultural studies in order to facilitate a richer understanding of these issues. Wald is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form. She is also editor of American Literature as well as on the Editorial Board of Literature and Medicine, co-editor of a book series on nineteenth-century American Literature at NYU Press, Chair of the Faculty Board of Duke University Press and on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association and is currently the MLA representative to the American Council of Learned Societies; she recently completed a term as President of the American Studies Association. She has a secondary appointment in Women's Studies, is on the steering committee of ISIS (Information Sciences + Information Studies) and is a member of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Global Health.
  • Current Projects

    book-length study of the challenges posed to conventional conceptions of human being that followed from scientific and technological innovation and social and political thought in the wake of the Second World War and decolonization movements.
  • Areas of Interest

    American Literature & Culture
    Late 18th-mid 20th Century Literature
    Intersections of Law, Literature, & Medicine
    science and new media
    race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity (social and political belonging)
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • English,
      • Columbia University,
      • 1989
      • Special Candidate, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research,
      • Columbia University,
      • 1987
      • M.A.,
      • Columbia University,
      • 1981
      • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, distinction in the English major,
      • Yale University,
      • 1980
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Visiting fellowship,
      • ESRC Genomics Research and Policy Forum, University of Edinburgh,
      • February-March, 2012
      • Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring,
      • Duke University,
      • May, 2008
      • Science and Religion Fellow,
      • Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences,
      • September, 2003
      • John Hope Franklin Faculty Seminar (Historicizing Identities),
      • Duke University,
      • 2002
      • NIH, ELSI Faculty Seminar,
      • Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics (Human Genome Project), Hanover, NH (summer),
      • 2001
      • Cornell University Society for the Humanities,
      • Cornell University,
      • 1999-2000
  • Selected Publications

      • 2008.
      • Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative.
      • Duke University Press.
      • 1995.
      • Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form.
      • Duke UP.
      • P. Wald.
      • 2007.
      • “Geonomics: the Spaces and Races of Citizenship in the Genome Age”.
      • .
      • J. Clayton, K.F.C. Holloway.
      • 2007.
      • Genomics in Literature, the Visual Arts, and Culture.
      • Literature and Medicine
      • .
      • 2006.
      • Blood and Stories: How Genomics is Changing Race, Medicine, and Human History.
      • Patterns of Prejudice
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  • PhD Students

    • Shea Bigsby
      • 2006-2012
    • Patrick T. Morgan
      • 2012 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Christopher B. Ramos
      • 2011 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Brenna M. Casey
      • 2011 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Kita K. Douglas
      • 2011 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Marina S. Magloire
      • 2011 - present
    • S. Abigail Seeskin
      • 2011 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Rebecca M Evans
      • 2010 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Lauren N. Pawlak
      • 2010 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Mary Caton Lingold
      • 2010 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Cheryl Spinner
      • 2010 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Michelle Koerner
      • 2004-2010
    • Gerry Canavan
      • 2005-2012
    • Frances McDonald
      • 2009 - present
    • Lynne Feeley
      • 2009 - present
    • Clare E. Callahan
      • 2009 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • J. Peter Moore
      • 2009 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Damien-Adia Marassa
      • 2009 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • William Hunt
      • 2008 - present
    • Kevin Modestino
      • 2008 - present
    • Colby Bogie
      • 2008 - present
    • Sarah M. McLaughlin
      • 2008 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Allison S. Curseen
      • 2008 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Jessica D Bardill
      • 2006 - 2011
      • Status: Graduated
    • Erica N Fretwell
      • 2005 - 2011
      • Status: Graduated
    • Tony Tost
      • 2005 - 2011
      • Status: Graduated
    • Patrick P. Jagoda
      • 2004 - 2010
    • Vin Nardizzi
      • ongoing
    • Jene Schoenfeld
      • ongoing
  • NMC Symposium On New Media & Learning