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Eric Wertheimer

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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3250
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1003
Professor
Administrative, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 1003
Biography

Eric Wertheimer is Professor of English and American Studies. Dr. Wertheimer is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, (Stanford University Press, 2006) 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 LiteratureEarly American LiteratureNineteenth Century LiteratureThe 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. His new book of poetry, Regulus, is forthcoming from Four Chambers Press.

Research Interests

Early American culture, poetry, theory, new media.

Publications
  • . . Review of: Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age (2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Greetings and Salutations". merge (2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "The Secret Lives of Secret Lives". merge (2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Animal Studies". Superstition Review (2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Poetry reading. (2009).
  • Eric Wertheimer/Leandro Soto. Four Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month. (2008).
  • Eric Wertheimer. The Cattery. The Age of Johnson (2007).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Reversing Loss in Eighteenth Century America. Essays in Irreversibility and Culture (2007).
  • Eric Wertheimer. The Cattery: for Paul Korshin. The Age of Johnson (2007).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Insurance in Colonial America and the Birth of an Underwriting Society. Common-Place (2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, 1722-1872. (2006).
  • . Economic Criticism in Early American Studies. (2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Ingest. Perihelion (2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Mylar. Diagram (2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. The Clone's Ontology. Effect: An Arts Quarterly (2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. The World. Perihelion (2006).
  • . . Review of: State Magic and American Colonial History (2005).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Jupiter Underwritten: Melville's Unsafe Home. Nineteenth Century Literature (2003).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Hard to Find. Delirium (2003).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Shipbreaking. Adirondack Review (2003).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. What Occurs Outside of a Box. Adirondack Review (2003).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Phillip Freneau. The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2002).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Talking at the Movies. Muse Apprentice Guild (2002).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. The Interruption. Shampoo (2002).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. The Receiver. Apprentice Guild (2002).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: An Elegy. Commondreams (2001).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. The Kites. Exquisite Corpse (2001).
  • Wertheimer, Eric H R. Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature. (1998).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
Spring 2017
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GRD 791Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 636Advanced Studies American Lit
GRD 791Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GRD 791Seminar
Presentations
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Semaphores and War in the Early National Period,". American Studies Association annual conference, Baltimore, October 2011 (Oct 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "The Chappe Telegraph in the Early Republic,". Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual conference, Scottsdale, October 2011 (Oct 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Early American Studies at ASU". Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual conference, Scottsdale, October 2011 (Oct 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Memory and Counter-Memory: A National Conference,". ASU, November 7-9, 2011 (Oct 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Various poems. Featured poetry reading, merge: an exhibition of converging ideas, Artlink Heritage Square, Phoeni (Sep 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. The Self-Abstracting Letters of War. Warring for America: Omohundro Institute at Library of Congress (Mar 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Transnational Early American Studies: A Roundtable". American Society Eighteenth Century Studies, Vancouver, BC (Mar 2011).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Poetry reading. Glendale CC Poetry Series (Sep 2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Phoenix Poetry Series. Poetry reading (Apr 2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Life during Wartime". American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (Mar 2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "The Militarization of Print Culture". CCICS seminar series (Mar 2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Haunting Legacies, Trauma, and Memory. New Approaches to Trauma Conference (Mar 2010).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Insurance, Slavery, and California". MLA Annual Convention (Dec 2009).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Pretexts and the Sign of the New". Canadian Association for American Studies (Nov 2009).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Poetry reading. Phoenix Poetry Series (Oct 2009).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Inter-American Studies: An Assessment. American Studies Association Annual Convention (Oct 2008).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Slaves, Insurance, Schwarzenegger, Melville". Barrett Honors College Annual Keynote Lecture (Oct 2008).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Poetry. Hispanic Heritage Month Poetry Reading (Sep 2008).
  • Eric Wertheimer. Opening Remarks: Introduction to Michael Berube. ASU Institute for Humanities Research Annual Distinguished Lecturer (Feb 2008).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Whereas, and other Etymologies of Responsibility,". "Fashioning Responsible Subjects: Symposium" (Sep 2007).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Oratory and Forms of Public Address in the American Renaissance,". American Literature Association Annual Conference (Jun 2007).
  • Eric Wertheimer. "Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Political Economy of Loss". American Literature Association Annual Conference (Jun 2007).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Crosssroads Project. Board Meeting (Oct 2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Writing Business: Signatures and Insurance Policies. Rocky Mountain MLA annual conference (Oct 2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Insurance Claims: Thoughts on the Cultures of Property in Eighteenth-Century and Ante-bellum America. American Origins Seminar, University of Southern California Early Modern Studies Institute--Huntington Library (May 2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Phillis Wheatley and Lockean Property. Mellon Seminar, Vanderbilt University (May 2006).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. American Literary History and the Problems of Periodization. American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2004).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Benjamin Franklin and the Critical Circuit. American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2004).
  • Wertheimer, Eric. Underwriting: Introduction and Case. University of Missouri Department of English Lecture Series (Mar 2003).
Service
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Tenure review (2011 - Present)
  • University of Alabama Press, Manuscript Review (2011 - Present)
  • Memory and Counter-memory: An International Conference, Organizing Committee (2011 - Present)
  • Stanford University Press, Manuscript Review (2010 - Present)
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press, Manuscript Review (2010 - Present)
  • Early American Literature, Editorial review (2009 - Present)
  • Arizona Humanities Council, Speakers Bureau Member (2009 - Present)
  • Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies, Director (2009 - Present)
  • Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies, Director (2009 - Present)
  • Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies, Director (2009 - Present)
  • HArCS Faculty Advisory Board, Member (2009 - Present)
  • HArCS Faculty Advisory Board, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Lecturer (2008 - Present)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Board, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Probationary Review Chair: Mary Bjork, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • American Modernist Search Committee, member (2007 - Present)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Advisory Board Member (2007 - Present)
  • Probationary Review--Michael Stancliff, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • Probationary Review--Patricia Friedrich, Chair (2006 - Present)
  • Probationary Review--Patrick Bixby, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Osher Community Partnership, Guest Lecturer (2006 - Present)
  • Fusion, Editorial Board (2004 - Present)
  • Print and Manuscript Cultures Working Group, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Web Committee, (2004 - Present)
  • American Democracy Project, (2003 - Present)
  • Campus Environment Team, Member (2003 - Present)
  • Provost Research Advisory Group, Member (2003 - Present)
  • ASU West Progressive Students Union, Faculty advisor (2002 - Present)
  • Career Information Network, Participant (1998 - Present)
  • ASU Literature Club, Founded and Faculty Advisor (1997 - Present)
  • Early American Literature, Editorial Board Member (2011 - 2014)
  • Director's Executive Advisory Board, Member (2011 - 2013)
  • MLA, nominated to Publications Committee (standing committee) (2009 - 2012)
  • President's Academic Council, Member (2009 - 2012)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2008 - 2012)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Advisory Board Member (2007 - 2012)
  • British Literature Search Committee, Chair (2011 - 2012)
  • Probationary Review Committee: Mary Dudy, Chair (2011 - 2011)
  • Third Year Review Committee: Julia Sarreal, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2008 - 2011)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Board, member (2008 - 2011)
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Conference Co-Chair and Board member (2009 - 2011)
  • New Approaches to Trauma Conference, Organizing Committee (2010 - 2010)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (Dean Appointed) (2008 - 2010)
  • Performance Studies Search Committee, member (2009 - 2010)
  • ASU English programs working group, member (2007 - 2009)
  • English Program Working Group, West Campus representative (2007 - 2009)
  • American Studies Association, Board Member, Crossroads Technology Project (2006 - 2009)
  • Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Interim Director (2008 - 2008)
  • Department of Language Cultures and History, Associate Chair, LCH (2007 - 2008)
  • Ignite, Literary Magazine, Faculty advisor/editor (2007 - 2007)
  • Senate Executive Council, Member (2005 - 2007)
  • Graduate Faculty Advisory Board, Member (2007 - 2007)
  • Tenure Committee--Stephen Toth, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • American Quarterly, Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Faculty Senate, Senior Senator (2005 - 2006)
  • College Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Review Panel, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Early American Search Committee, Chair (2003 - 2003)
  • Graduate Advisory Committee, Departmental representative (2001 - 2003)
  • Arts and Sciences Academic Assembly, Parliamentarian (2000 - 2001)
  • Politics and Performance, Journeys of the Mind-ASU in Sun City, Organizer of Panel Discussion (2001 - 2001)
  • Senate Ad Hoc Committee on converting to a 4-year Institution, Member (2000 - 2000)
  • ASU West College of Arts and Sciences Technology Committee, Department representative (1996 - 2000)
  • Technology Fellows Program, Faculty Facilitator (2000 - 2000)
  • Cesar Chavez High School Short Fiction Contest, Guest Judge (2000 - 2000)