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Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Helen Kapstein is a Professor in the English Department at John Jay College, The City University of New York. She earned her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A postcolonial scholar, her areas of interest include cultural and media studies, tourism and museum studies, and eco- and petro-criticism. Her book Postcolonial Nations, Islands, and Tourism: Reading Real and Imagined Spaces was published in 2017 (paperback 2019) by Rowman & Littlefield International. Current projects include a postcolonial reading of the Brontes’ juvenilia and a theory of Nigerian literary and cultural production entitled Petroforms. Her work has appeared in Postcolonial Text, English Studies in Canada, and Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, among other venues. She is Immediate Past President of the Cultural Studies Association.


  • –present
    Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


  • 2002 
    Columbia U., PhD/English and Comparative Literature