Tyler Curtain (b. July 13, 1966) is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an influential theorist of evolution, sexuality, and cybernetics. His work within sexuality studies has been cited by the New York Times, most recently in regards to his reflections on US presidential politics and the Monica Lewinsky affair. Current work includes a book forthcoming from Duke University Press, Mistaken Evolution, on identity, sexuality, philosophies of biology and evolution, and theories of representation. His next project is entitled Imagining Extinctions, a treatise on the philosophy, science, and cultural theoretical import of the extinction of humans.
Tyler Curtain was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, and raised in Denver, Colorado. Curtain received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Curtain took the Ph.D. in English and American Literature at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Curtain's dissertation was directed by noted philosophers of literature, history, and culture, Mary Poovey and Jonathan Goldberg. Curtain has talked often about Hopkins as an intellectually intense and volatile environment, where he was greatly influenced by Poovey and Goldberg, but also Walter Benn Michaels and Frances Ferguson. Prior to his current position, Curtain was director of bioinformatics at Rankin Clinical Research Unit, Duke University Medical Center. During these years, he was a Visiting Scholar in the noted Department of English at Duke University, where he worked alongside of scholars of queer theory and queer culture, including Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. He met and was influenced by the work of Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Jan Radway, and Robyn Weigman, among others.
In addition to being Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, Tyler Curtain is Associate Fellow in the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Senior Scholar, Humanities Institute of the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.
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Miscellany: Politics, Law, Philosophy, Photography
Curtain's interests range from photography to political theory.
- Mistaken Evolution: computers, the post-human, and other anxious objects of biological and cultural reproduction (Duke University Press, forthcoming)
- "The Symbolics of Presidentialism," with Dana D. Nelson, in Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the Public Interest edited by Lauren Berlant and Lisa Duggan (ISBN 0814798640), 2001
- Baltimore Portraits (ISBN 0822323680), 1999
- Evolutionary Theory
- Cultural Studies
- Gender and sexuality studies
- Philosophy of Biology
- Queer Theory
- Department of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
- John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
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