I am currently Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Since 2010, I have served as Editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction.
My research and teaching interests include
- British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century
- orientalism, imperialism, racism, and other ongoing projects of Enlightenment-era settler colonialism—and how to undo them
- material culture and the politics of taste and aesthetics
- poetics, narrative, theory, and how literatures think
- structures of feeling and genealogies of subjectivity
- modes of collective thought and action
- #BIPOC18, #Bigger6, #LitPOC
I am completing a SSHRC-funded research project tentatively titled “A Funny Thing: The Undisciplined Eighteenth Century.” For more about this project, see my recent talks and publications.
I am beginning a new SSHRC-funded research project entitled “Diasporic Placements: Temporality, Taiwan, and Ways of Locating Anticolonial Knowledge.” Stay tuned.
I also publish poetry and non-academic essays.
I currently serve
- as Vice President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals
- on the Executive Committee of the MLA Comp Lit & Cultural Studies 18th-Century forum
- as outgoing co-chair of the Race & Empire Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
- on the Editorial Board of Cambridge Elements: Eighteenth-Century Connections
- on the Advisory Board of the Hamilton Review of Books
I hold a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University (1998) and an MA and PhD in Literatures and Cultures in English from Brown University (2005). Before arriving at McMaster, I taught at Haverford College (2005–06) and the University of Arkansas (2006–09). I grew up in Rochester, NY.
Find me on Twitter at @zugenia
I have long and haphazardly blogged at The Procrastination Salon
I used to publish under the last name “Zuroski Jenkins,” but I now wish to be cited as “Zuroski.” Explanation here.