American Univesity of Beirut

Adam Waterman

Adam John Waterman, Assistant Professor
PhD (New York University)

Adam John Waterman is assistant professor of American literature and culture in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. A former Fulbright scholar, he received his PhD from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow in the American Studies Program. His research focuses upon the relationship between literature, historiography, and the culture of American settler colonialism. Recently, he has begun to explore the relationship between covenantalist treatments of American literary history and the cultures of US empire. He is particularly interested in the use of Islam as a figural counterpoint to covenantalist themes in early American literature. At present, he is completing a manuscript entitled The Corpse in the Kitchen: History, Embodiment, and the Haunting of American Settler Colonialism. 

Selected Publications: 

“I and Ireland: Reggae and Rastafari in the Music of Sinead O’Connor,” Archipelagoes of Sound: Women, Music, and Transnational Caribbeanity, Ifeona Fulani, ed. Mona: University of the West Indies Press, forthcoming

“The Anatomy of a Haunting: Black Hawk’s Body and the Fabric of History,” Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Haunting in Native North America, Colleen Boyd and Coll Thrush, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011 

“Sixty-two Hours in Cairo,” The Feminist Wire, March 2011 

“Muslims on Main Street,” Utne Reader, July/August 2010 

“Arabia on the Turkey: The Making and Marketing of Elkader, Iowa,” Bidoun: A Journal of Middle Eastern Arts and Culture, Spring 2010

Review of “Kara Walker: My Complement, My Oppressor, My Enemy, My Love,” Make/shift: feminisms in motion, September 2007 

“To Die for the People’s Temple: Jim Jones’ Appropriation of Huey Newton,” (with Duchess Harris) People’s Temple and Black Religion in America, Rebecca Moore, Anthony Pinn, Mary Sawyer, eds. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2004 

“A Meeting in Babylon: The Black Panther Party and the Gay Liberation Front,” (with Duchess Harris) Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.  2003 

“Babylon is Burning: Race, Gender, and Sexuality and the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention,” (with Duchess Harris) Journal of Intergroup Relations 27.2, Summer 2000


Courses he has taught include:

English 301A  Critical Theory and Research Methodology
English 304    Herman Melville and the American Renaissance
English 261    Advanced Literary Theory: Queer and Post-Queer Theories of  Gender and  Sexuality
English 244    Literature of New York in the 1980s
English 240    Literature and Empire
Engilsh 226    Contemporary American Literature
English 224    American Literature until 1900
English 222    Literature and Cultural Studies: Posthumanism
English 221    Introduction to Literary Theory
English 201    Survey of American Literature
English 105    Introduction to American Literature: Ghosts, Monsters, and Others​

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