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Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University

Patrick Bixby (he/him/his) is an associate professor of English in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, where he serves as program lead for the BA in Disability Studies. He also serves as Resident Director of the USAC Galway Summer Program and incoming President of the Samuel Beckett Society.

Bixby's scholarly interests span a variety of fields, including Irish studies, modernist studies, postcolonial theory and criticism, Continental philosophy, and issues of travel, mobility, and the body. He teaches courses in these fields and in the history of the novel, the history of film, the history of literary criticism, and methods of interdisciplinary research.

His essays have appeared in journals such as Modernism/Modernity, Modernist Cultures, Irish Studies Review, and the Journal of Beckett Studies, as well as in collections such as A History of Irish Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2019), A History of the Modernist Novel (Cambridge UP, 2015), Beckett in Context (Cambridge UP, 2013), and Beckett and Ireland (Cambridge UP, 2010). With Gregory Castle, he has edited Standish O'Grady's Cuculain (Syracuse UP, 2016) and A History of Irish Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2019). His own books include Samuel Beckett and the Postcolonial Novel (Cambridge UP, 2009), Nietzsche and Irish Modernism (Manchester UP, 2022), and Unaccompanied Traveler: The Writings of Kathleen M. Murphy (Syracuse UP, 2022),

Bixby's latest book, License to Travel: A Cultural History of the Passport (U of California P, 2022), investigates the unyielding paradox of the document: even as it promises independence and mobility, escape and safe haven, the passport also serves as an essential tool of government surveillance and state power, purportedly assuring homeland security and the controlled movement of individuals across national boundaries. The study investigates this paradox by drawing on a range of sources, including literary history and modern art, archival documents and contemporary journalism, international law and theories of cosmopolitanism.


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    Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University