The GC’s Eric Lott Is Promoted to Distinguished Professor

Graduate Center, CUNY, Distinguished Professor Eric Lott
Graduate Center Distinguished Professor Eric Lott (English). Photo by Joe Mabel

The Graduate Center is delighted to share the news that Professor Eric Lott (English) has been promoted to distinguished professor. The title, conferred by The City University of New York, recognizes Lott’s exceptional scholarly achievement.

A noted cultural historian, Lott is known for his scholarship on American popular culture, politics, and intellectual life. His critically acclaimed books include Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (1993, 20th anniversary edition in 2013), which won the MLA’s Best First Book Prize; The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual (2006); and Black Mirror: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism (2017). His dozens of articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Social Text, American Quarterly, and others.

Lott received his Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and taught for more than 20 years at the University of Virginia before joining The Graduate Center in 2014.

He is on the editorial boards of the journals Criticism and ASAP (Association for the Study of Arts of the Present); is a co-director of The Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College; and participates in the Distinguished Speakers Bureau of the American Studies Association. He has received fellowships from Princeton University, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

Lott’s scholarship resonates widely. In recent years, he has appeared on the CBS News broadcast Sunday Morning and on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show commenting on the history of blackface. Bob Dylan appropriated the title of Lott’s book Love and Theft for his 2001 album of the same name. When asked about Dylan in an interview for Gadfly Online, Lott admitted, “I was pretty bowled over at the prospect that he might have been turned on by my book or even just the title.”

Submitted on: DEC 10, 2018

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