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Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities, Professor of English; Gender Women’s & Sexuality Studies; Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jessica Berman is Professor of English; Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies; and Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she also directs the Dresher Center for the Humanities. She is the Director of the Dresher Center’s Inclusion Imperative Programs, which seek to advance diversity and inclusion in the humanities, and are funded by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation. Her teaching and research interests include comparative literature, modernism from a transnational perspective, media studies, and feminist theory. She also has a special interest in questions of politics in connection to twentieth- and twenty-first century world literature.

Berman is the author of Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (2001) and Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (2011), editor of A Companion to Virginia Woolf (2016) and a reprint edition of Purdah and Polygamy by Iqbalunnisa Hussain (2018). Berman was a co-editor of Futures, the American Comparative Literature Association’s Report on the State of the Discipline (2017) and co-edits the Modernist Latitudes book series at Columbia University Press. She has published essays in such journals as Modernism/Modernity and Modern Fiction Studies as well as in such influential volumes as Geomodernisms (Doyle and Winkiel eds) and Disciplining Modernism (Caughie ed.). Her current project investigates global radio in relation to transnational modernism.

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    Professor of English, Affiliate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, Affiliate Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County