Research

Michael Jonik's research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and transatlantic literature, continental  philosophy, and the history of science. He has published essays on  Berkeley, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Hawthorne and Spenser, Henry James and Joseph Conrad, and Charles  Olson. He is interested in contemporary philosophy, especially the work of Deleuze, Foucault, Ranciere, and Badiou, as well as questions of life and biopolitics, radical politics, and science and psychology.  Currently, he is completing two book projects: Melville's  Uncemented Stones: Character, the Inhuman, and the Politics of  Singularity and A Natural History of the Mind: Science, Form, and Perception from Cotton Mather to William James. He is a founding member of The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA),  and Reviews and Special Issues editor for Textual Practice.