BRUCE NEAL SIMON
English Department, 265 Fenton Hall, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063
716/673-3856 (o); 673-4661 (fax)
simon@fredonia.edu; brucesimon18@yahoo.com
www.fredonia.edu/department/english/simon/


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Professor of English, SUNY Fredonia (2005-present; Associate Chair 2006, 2007; sabbatical leave 2006-2007).
  • Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, Kyushu University and Seinan Gakuin University (2006-2007), Fukuoka University (2007)
  • Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Fredonia (1998-2005).
  • Instructor, Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University (1994, 1997).
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Princeton University (1993, 1996).

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in English, Princeton University (1998). Doctoral Dissertation: The Race for Hawthorne (directed by Professors Arnold Rampersad, Wahneema Lubiano, and Eduardo Cadava).
  • Certificate, School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College (Summer 1995).
  • M.A. in English, Princeton University (1993).
  • A.B. in English and Mathematics, summa cum laude, Hamilton College (1991).

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Fulbright Lecturing Grant in American Studies (2006-2007)
  • Sabbatical Leave, SUNY Fredonia (2006-2007)
  • Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund Award (2001-2006) [with Najia Aarim-Heriot (History), and formerly with Elizabeth Dwyer (English) and Michael Brescia (History), for organizing film screening of Verso Negro: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean, performance by verso negro poet, and panel discussion on "Global Perspectives on the Construction of Blackness"]
  • Title III Technology Award, SUNY Fredonia (2000-2001) [for development of "American Migration Narratives" course for general education]
  • Scholarly Incentive Award, SUNY Fredonia (1998-1999) [in support of edited collection on race and trauma]
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1996-1997)
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship, Princeton University (1994-1995)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University (1991-1994)
  • Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship (1990-1992)
  • Co-Valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa, Hamilton College (1991)

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Publications

Edited Book:

  • Richard Wright: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Arnold Rampersad, asst. eds. Bruce Simon and Jeffrey Tucker (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1995).

Edited Journal:

Articles:

  • "'Illegal Knowledge': Strategies for New Media Activism" (with Chris Carter, Ricardo Dominguez, and Geert Lovink), The Politics of Information, eds. Marc Bousquet and Katherine Wills (Electronic Book Review 2 August 2003). Collected in the Alt-X ebook, The Politics of Information (2004).
  • "Introduction: The Prison Issue," Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 3.2 (December 2000).
  • "Hybridity in the Americas: Reading Conde, Mukherjee, and Hawthorne," Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature, eds. Amritjit Singh and Peter Schmidt (Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2000) 412-443.
  • "Introduction: Striking Back," Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 2.1 (April 1999).
  • "White-Blindness," The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, eds. Joan Ferrante and Prince Brown, Jr. (NY: Longman, 1998) 496-502. Reprinted in 2nd ed. (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2001) 473-478.
  • "Traumatic Repetition: Gayl Jones's Corregidora," Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century, eds. Judith Jackson Fossett and Jeffrey Tucker (NY: New York University Press, 1997) 93-112.
  • "Caught in Space? The Configuration of a Twentysomething Generation" (with David Lewis, Lisa Lynch, and Jeffrey Schulz), Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture 7.2 (1993) 91-145.

Current Projects

  • American Studies and the Race for Hawthorne: book manuscript in process.
  • Trauma, Melancholia, and the Politics of Race, eds. Ranjana Khanna, Bruce Simon, and Rinaldo Walcott: edited collection of critical essays in process.
  • "Traumatic Displacements and Militant Mourning: Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People and Mahasweta Devi's 'Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha'": article in process.
  • "The Problem of the Narrator in 'Benito Cereno'": article in process.
  • "'The Partitioning of the Past': Medieval Trade, Modern War, and Postcolonial Politics in Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land": article in process.

Conference Papers

  • "Tactical Teaching: Introducing Graduate Studies in English." Reworking the University, Minneapolis (April 2009).
  • "Traumatic Displacements and Militant Mourning: Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People and Mahasweta Devi's 'Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay, and Pirtha.'" Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu (January 2007).
  • "'The Partitioning of the Past': Medieval Trade, Modern War, and Postcolonial Politics in Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land." Walls in Asia, Buffalo (October 2003).
  • "Global English?" Globalization: The Stakes of Global Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Fredonia (September 2001).
  • "The Place of Workplace: An Open Editorial Session" (with Marc Bousquet and Christian Gregory). Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society, Washington, DC (June 2000).
  • "Remaking 'Service': Curricular and Workplace Activism in a Globalizing Academy." Rethinking the Human Sciences: Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Education, and the Languages of Criticism, Washington, DC (April 2000).
  • "Bordering Black Studies: Silko and the Americas." American Studies Association, Montreal (October 1999).
  • "Teaching the Literature of Globalization: Means and Ends." New York College English Association Conference, Iona College (April 1999). [not delivered due to illness]
  • "The Alchemy of Race and Narrative: Reading Patricia Williams." Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto (December 1997).
  • "Racialism, Race Consciousness, Identity Politics: UnAmerican Activity?" American Studies Association Convention, Washington, DC (November 1997).
  • "Diaspora and Trauma: Paule Marshall's The Chosen Place, The Timeless People." American Studies Association Convention, Kansas City (November 1996).
  • "Hawthorne after Conde and Mukherjee: Bringing the Hybridity Debates to American Studies." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Montreal (April 1996).
  • "'Why Race? Why Now? Why? Why?': Hawthorne, the National Sin, and Liberal Guilt." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Boston (April 1995).
  • "Traumatic Repetition: Gayl Jones's Corregidora." 'The Negro Problem': 1895-1995, Graduate Student Conference, Princeton (March 1995).

Invited Lectures

  • "Bringing the Big Read Home: On Service Learning in Dunkirk and Fredonia." Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk (May 2010).
  • "Building on Our Strengths: Reading Genres, Literatures, and Cultures in the English Department." Teaching and Learning Conference, SUNY Fredonia (August 2009).
  • "On Dimock's Deep Time: Teaching World Literature." Remapping World Literature, Fourth Annual Mary Louise White Symposium, SUNY Fredonia (May 2009).
  • "Representing Japan in American Culture III: What('s) Next? The Past 25 Years and the Next," The Japan-America Society of Fukuoka, Fukuoka (July 2007).
  • "Representing Japan in American Culture II: The End of the American Century in Japan? 1941-1995," The Japan-America Society of Fukuoka, Fukuoka (July 2007).
  • "The Life You Change Might Be Your Own: On Teaching and Learning in Japan," Kyushu Fulbright Association, Fukuoka (July 2007).
  • "Representing Japan in American Culture I: From Manifest Destiny to War in the Pacific, 1846-1945," The Japan-America Society of Fukuoka, Fukuoka (June 2007).
  • "The End of the American Century in Contemporary U.S. Literatures." Tohoku Association for American Studies, Tohoku University (March 2007).
  • "Return of the Democrats; or, The End of the American Century in Asia?" The Japan-America Society of Fukuoka, Fukuoka (February 2007).
  • "American Studies and the Race for Hawthorne." Kyushu American Literature Society, Fukuoka University (December 2006).
  • "The Problem of the Narrator in 'Benito Cereno.'" Guest lectures for Introduction to American Literature, University of Rochester (October 2001, October 2002).
  • "From Graduate Student to Assistant Professor: Reports from the Field." English Department Graduate Action Committee series, Princeton University (March 2001).
  • "Multiethnic American Literature and Radical Multiculturalism." SUNY Fredonia (January 1998).
  • "Specter Evidence." University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (January 1998).
  • "Hybridizing Hawthorne? Reading I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem and The Holder of the World." University of Missouri-Kansas City (February 1997).
  • "Rearticulating Race in The Souls of Black Folk." Lecture for American Literature from the Civil War through World War I, Princeton University (Fall 1993).

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Mosaic (2011-present), Studies in the Novel (2003-2004, 2005), Norton (2004), Bedford/St. Martin's (2004), PMLA (2002), Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (2001), Longman (2001).
  • Reviewer, Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor (2010-present). Co-General Editor, 1999-2002. Editorial Collective, 1998-2009. Acquisitions Committee, 1998-1999.
  • Interviewer, Fulbright Candidates in the Humanities, Japan-U.S. Education Commission, Tokyo (2006).
  • Respondent, "Engineered Identities: Race, Nation, and the Literature of Technology," Modern Language Association Convention Special Session, Chicago (1999).
  • Session Organizer and Leader, "Articulating Race and Trauma: Possibilities, Limits, Stakes," Modern Language Association Convention Special Session, Toronto (1997).

Research and Teaching Interests

  • U.S. Literatures
  • American Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Critical Race/Ethnicity Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SUNY Fredonia

Associate Professor

Graduate Seminar

Undergraduate Courses

Independent Studies

  • Fantasy Fiction (Spring 2010).
  • Boundaries of Postmodernism (Spring 2009).
  • American Literature and Critical Race Theory (graduate, Summer 2006).
  • Hawthorne and Morrison (Summer 2006).
  • Introduction to American Studies (Fall 2005).

Kyushu University

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer

Graduate Seminar

  • American Literary Studies: Haunting America (Spring 2007).

Undergraduate Courses

  • American Cultural Studies: Representing Japan in American Culture (Spring 2007; Fall 2006).
  • American Literary Studies: Postcolonial Hawthorne (Fall 2006).
  • Introduction to American Studies: The Making of America and Americans (Fall 2006).

Seinan Gakuin University

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer

Undergraduate Courses

  • American Literary Studies: Postcolonial Hawthorne (Spring 2007).
  • Introduction to American Studies: The Making of America and Americans (Fall 2006).

Fukuoka University

Fulbright Visiting Lecturer

Graduate Seminar

  • American Literary Studies: Haunting America (Spring 2007).

SUNY Fredonia

Assistant Professor

Graduate Seminars

  • Historical Perspectives in Literature: Historical Re-Visions in American Literature--The American Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance (Spring 2003)
  • Comparative Approaches to Literature: American Migration Narratives (Fall 2001); New World Slavery and the Transatlantic Imagination (Spring 2000).
  • Major Writers: Hawthorne and Morrison (Spring 1999).

Undergraduate Courses

Independent Studies

  • Science Fiction (Spring 2005).
  • Tom Robbins and Conventional Wisdom (Spring 2005).
  • New World Slavery and the Transatlantic Imagination (graduate, Fall 2004).
  • Introduction to American Studies (Fall 2004, Fall 2003).
  • New Media, Old Gods (Summer 2004).
  • Toni Morrison and Critical Race Theory (graduate, Fall 2003).
  • Toni Morrison (graduate, Summer 2003, Summer 1999).
  • Contemporary Koestler (Summer 2003).
  • Harlem Renaissance and After (Spring-Summer 2003).
  • American Romanticism and After (Spring 2003).
  • American Literature and the Great Depression (graduate, Spring 2002).
  • The Discipline of the Syllabus (graduate, Spring 2002).
  • Celtic Mythology and Culture (Fall 2001).
  • Horror Literature and Theory (graduate, Fall 2001).
  • From Plantation to Prison (Spring 2001).
  • Melville and Silko (Fall 2000).
  • The Prison Industrial Complex and the Black Arts Movement (Summer 2000).
  • The Beats' Vision of America (Fall 1999).

Princeton University

Instructor

  • The Craft of Writing: Globalization and Its Discontents (Fall 1997); Reading Race Writing (Spring 1994).

Teaching Assistant

  • Studies in American Africanism (Toni Morrison, Spring 1996).
  • American Literature from the Civil War through World War I (Lee Mitchell, Fall 1993).

Graduate Assistant

  • New Tools for Teaching and Research (Summer 1998).
  • Teaching with New Media (Will Howarth, Summer 1998).
  • Images of America (Tom Keenan, Summer 1997).

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Campus Talks

  • "Comics as World Paraliterature: Gaiman, Moore, Ellis/Shirow, Arakawa, Shiina, Kawahara," Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia (April 2011).
  • "Comics Fandom, Comics Studies, Comics Archives," Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia (May 2010).
  • "From O.J. to Tiger: Critical Race Theory Meets SportsCenter; or, What We Talk About When We Talk About Tiger," lecture for American Studies Capstone, Christina Jarvis, SUNY Fredonia (February 2010).
  • "On Periodizing American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance in/and the World," lecture for Introduction to Graduate Studies in English, Adrienne McCormick, SUNY Fredonia (April 2009).
  • "On Reading Reader-Response Theory," lecture for Critical Reading, Birger Vanwesenbeeck, SUNY Fredonia (November 2008).
  • "On Spivak's 'Can the Subaltern Speak?'" Theory Live II, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (April 2008).
  • "Racialization Matters: On the Global History of Race," Dialogues on Race, SUNY Fredonia (November 2007).
  • "Fahrenheit 451: Then and Now," The Big Read, SUNY Fredonia (November 2007).
  • "The Life You Change Might Be Your Own: On Teaching and Learning in Japan," International Brown Bag Luncheon, SUNY Fredonia (November 2007).
  • "Sweatshops and Beyond: Capitalism, Human Labor, and Natural Resources." Global Ownership panel, Amnesty International, SUNY Fredonia (November 2005).
  • "Corporatization, National Security, and Academic Freedom." Censorship in Academia panel for Amnesty International's Censorship Week, SUNY Fredonia (November 2004).
  • "Darfur Today: Reflecting on Peace, Humanitarian Intervention, and American Mission through Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." World Peace Day Peace Pole Rededication Ceremony, SUNY Fredonia (September 2004).
  • "Raising the Stakes: From Multi-Ethnic Studies to Critical Race/Ethnicity Studies." Multi-Ethnic Studies Program Review Keynote, SUNY Fredonia (April 2004).
  • "Gone with the Wind and Narratives of the Postbellum South." American Studies Film Series, SUNY Fredonia (February 2004).
  • "The House We Live In: From Black History to Critical Race Studies." Black History Month, SUNY Fredonia (February 2004).
  • "My American Studies." American Studies Round Table Discussion, SUNY Fredonia (April 2003).
  • "Using a Course Listserv and Web Site Effectively." Panel presentation on "Reports on the Use of Technology in the Classroom and Beyond," SUNY Fredonia (May 2002).
  • "Blue Eyed and Racial Formation." "Dialogues on Diversity" film and lecture series, SUNY Fredonia (February 2001).
  • "Teaching the Landmarks." English Department "Just Teaching" series, SUNY Fredonia (November 2000).
  • "Whiteness Studies as Black Studies." English Department "Just Talking" series, SUNY Fredonia (April 2000).
  • "'Balkanization' and U.S. Multiculturalism." Teach-in: Crisis in Kosovo, SUNY Fredonia (April 1999).
  • "Four Versions of Black History." Black History Month Closing Ceremonies Keynote, SUNY Fredonia (February 1999).
  • "World Lit Hawthorne." English Department "Just Talking" series, SUNY Fredonia (November 1998).

University Service

English Department

  • Chair, Development and Awards Committee, SUNY Fredonia (2008-present). Member, 2007-present. Co-chair, 2008.
  • Associate Chair, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2006, 2007).
  • Chair's Cabinet, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2005-2006).
  • Co-Chair, Undergraduate Policy Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2005).
  • Chair, DSI Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2005). Member, 1998.
  • Student Activities Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2005).
  • Curriculum Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (1998-2005). Chair, 1999-2001, 2003-2004.
  • Graduate Program Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2002, 2003-2005). Chair, 2004-2005.
  • Recruitment Working Group, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2003).
  • Personnel Committee, English Department, SUNY Fredonia (1999-2000).
  • Chair, Graduate Advisory Council, Department of English, Princeton University (1994).

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • American Studies Advisory Committee, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2006, 2007-present).
  • Organizing Committee, Verso Negro project, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2006).
  • Faculty Advisor, Black Student Union, SUNY Fredonia (2003-2005).
  • Co-Chair, Black History Month Coalition, SUNY Fredonia (2003-2004). Member, 2002-2004.
  • Organizing Committee and Reader, Women's Studies Research Conference on Gender, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2002).
  • Native American Studies Search Committee, SUNY Fredonia (2000-2001).
  • Organizing Committee, Globalization: The Stakes of Global Studies in the Twenty-First Century, SUNY Fredonia (2000-2001).
  • Presidential Taskforce on Race/Race Relations, SUNY Fredonia (1999-2000).
  • Native American Studies Task Force, SUNY Fredonia (1999).
  • Task Force on Minority Recruitment and Retention, SUNY Fredonia (1998-1999).
  • Secretary, "'Written on the Void': Scenarios of Resistance," film series on globalization, Princeton University (1995-1997). [Films shown include Narmada: A Valley Rises, The Women Outside, Calling the Ghosts, Who Killed Vincent Chin?, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Blue Collar & Buddha, Sa-I-Gu, The Bombing of Osage Avenue, The Invisible Wall, and Taxivala.]
  • Peer Educator for Race and Ethnicity, Princeton University (1995-1996).
  • Volunteer Assistant, Race Matters: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain, Princeton University (1994).

Governance

  • Vice Chairperson, University Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2011-present, 2008-2009).
  • Executive Committee, University Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2011-present, 2008-2010).
  • University Senate Executive Committee Campus Governance Leader Task Force, SUNY Fredonia (2010).
  • Chairperson, University Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2009-2010).
  • Chair, Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, University Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2005-2006). Appointed member, 2001. Elected member, 2002-2006. Secretary, 2002-2005. Stepped down due to sabbatical leave, 2006.
  • Elected Senator, University Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2002-2006). Stepped down due to sabbatical leave, 2006.
  • Arts and Humanities Assessment Subcommittee, College Core Curriculum Committee, College Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2001-2002).
  • Elected member, Affirmative Action Committee, College Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2000-2002). Dialogues on Diversity Subcommittee, 2001-2002.
  • Elected member, General College Program Committee, College Senate, SUNY Fredonia (2000-2001).

Other University Service

  • Faculty Advisor, Gamers Guild, SUNY Fredonia (2007-present).
  • Faculty Advisor, Amnesty International, SUNY Fredonia (2003-2006, 2007-2010).
  • Co-Chair, Working Group II: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Renewal, Accreditation 2010, Middle States Self-Study, SUNY Fredonia (2008-2010).
  • Steering Committee, Accreditation 2010, Middle States Self-Study, SUNY Fredonia (2008-2010).
  • Moderator, "The Humanities in the Context of Community: A Roundtable," Being Human: Taking the Humanities Beyond the Classroom, First Annual Mary Louise White Symposium, SUNY Fredonia (2006).
  • Appointed member, Fredonia Plan Committee, SUNY Fredonia (2004-2006). Student Learning Subcommittee, 2004-2006.
  • Moderator, "War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Resolution," Sixty Years After the Nuremberg Trials: Crimes Against Humanity and Peace, A Conference Commemorating the Living Legacy of Robert H. Jackson, Chautauqua Institution (2005).
  • Reader, Summer Undergraduate Fellowship, SUNY Fredonia (2003).
  • Moderator, "Looking at Disabilities," "Dialogues on Diversity" film and lecture series, SUNY Fredonia (2002).
  • Moderator, "Politics Is Money: The Tax Cut-2001, Sept. 11th, and the Patterns of Government Spending--Who Won, Who Lost?," A Presidency Transformed by Crises: The George W. Bush Administration--An Early Appraisal, SUNY Fredonia (2002).
  • Faculty Advisory Group: Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Fredonia (1999-2002).
  • Organizing Committee and Moderator, Teach-in on Terrorism, SUNY Fredonia (2001).
  • Organizing Committee, Teach-in: Responses and Responsibility in the Wake of 9/11/01, SUNY Fredonia (2001).
  • India Relief Fund Committee, SUNY Fredonia (2001).
  • Graduate Fellow, Mathey Residential College, Princeton University (1996-1998).
  • Writing Tutor, Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University (1992-1994, 1995-1997).
  • Interdisciplinary Group on the Status of Unenrolled Graduate Students, Princeton University (1994).

Union Service

  • Part-Time Concerns Officer, Fredonia Chapter, United University Professions (2011-present).
  • Globalization and Corporatization Committee, United University Professions (2004-2009, 2010-present).
  • Elected Delegate, United University Professions Delegate Assembly (1999-2006, 2009-present).
  • Vice President for Academics, Fredonia Chapter, United University Professions (2003-2006). Stepped down due to sabbatical leave, 2006.
  • Delegate, Dunkirk Area Labor Council, New York State AFL-CIO (2001-2006). Stepped down due to sabbatical leave, 2006.
  • Chair, Working Group on Post-National University Education, UUP Globalization and Corporatization Committee (2002-2004).
  • Legislation Committee, United University Professions (2001-2005).
  • Membership Development Officer, Fredonia Chapter, United University Professions (2001-2003).
  • Secretary, Steering Committee, Reform Caucus, United University Professions (2001-2002).
  • English Department Representative, United University Professions, SUNY Fredonia (1998-2000).

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