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Karl Steel
Position: Associate Professor, Brooklyn College
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|Graduate Center
Room Number: 4406.07
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia University
Research Interests: Critical animal studies, posthumanism
Specialization: Eco-criticism|Medieval Literature

Karl Steel is Associate Professor of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is the author of How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages (The Ohio State University Press, 2011) and How Not to Make a Human: Pets, Feral Children, Worms, Sky Burial, Oysters (University of Minnesota Press), and co-editor, with Peggy McCracken, of Postmedieval 2.1 ("The Animal Turn"), a special issue of Glossator, with Nicola Masciandaro, on "Pearl," and a special issue on "Fabulous Animals" for Early Modern Culture. His next project is tentatively titled The Irrational Animal, on the shared cultural histories of reason, unreason, and the idea of freedom, in relation to humans and animals. He blogs at