Joshua Leavitt

PhD Candidate
Graduate Student

Joshua Leavitt is a Distinguished University Fellow specializing in nineteenth-century American literature. His dissertation examines how American novels of the Gilded Age advanced competing ideas about police officers and municipal criminal justice systems, in genres ranging from detective fiction to strike novels, race literature, and even social gospel fiction. He has taught first- and second-year composition courses, devising course themes about artistic narratives “based on a true story” and about imprisonment in the United States. By way of academic service, Joshua has held positions on the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Council of Graduate Students, as well as the graduate caucus of the Diversity & Identity Studies Collective at OSU.

Areas of Expertise
  • American Literature to 1900
  • African-American Literature
  • Popular Culture
  • Periodical Studies
Education
  • MA, English & American Literature, New York University
  • BA, English Language & Literature, University of Chicago

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