Eric Wertheimer writes cultural history and poetry, and works to
implement the curricular and research possibilities graduate
disciplines across the disciplines. He is Professor of English and
American Studies, and currently ASU's Associate Dean for Graduate Initiatives.
Dr. Wertheimer is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of
Insurance in America, published by Stanford University Press
and Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of
American Literature, 1771-1876, (Cambridge University
Press, 1998; paperback 2009). He has published articles on topics in
early and nineteenth century American literature in American
Literature, Early American
Literature, Nineteenth Century
Literature, The Canadian Review of American
Studies, and Arizona Quarterly.
He is the founder and past Director of ASU's Center for Critical
Inquiry and Cultural Studies and serves on the editorial board
of Early American Literature; he is currently a member
of the MLA Publications Committee. He recently co-edited a
volume of essays, Critical Trauma Studies:
Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday
Life (NYU Press, 2016). He is a co-PI on
a Mellon Foundation sponsored grant, partnered with the MLA, called
Connected Academics, and he is the PI on a Luce Foundation sponsored
grant supporting American Studies in China.
Professor Wertheimer has published poetry in Exquisite
Corpse, Tupelo Quarterly, Perihelion, Diagram, Shampoo, Adirondack
Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, among other journals. His
book of poetry, Mylar, was published by blazeVOX
Press in 2012.