Assistant Professor of English
PhD, English, University of Connecticut, 2016
MA, English, University of Connecticut, 2012
BA, summa cum laude, English, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
Office: Griffin 250
Teaching and Research Areas
Early and nineteenth-century US, Black, and ethnic literatures and cultures and critical race and ethnic studies.
As a literary and cultural studies scholar, Maria is broadly interested in the violence of racial capitalism in US literatures and cultures. Her work primarily deals with how violence arises out of and impacts capitalist social relations and ideological production, especially as it relates to notions of selfhood, ownership, and state power across the long nineteenth century.
Right now, Maria is at work on her first book project, At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in US Culture, which examines extralegal violence not as a lawless force that threatened US liberal-democratic governance but instead as emerging from and further entrenching the conditions that governance set.
Maria's work appears in Callaloo, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Studies in American Naturalism, and her edited collection, Reading Confederate Monuments, is out now from the University Press of Mississippi.
For more on Maria’s work, visit www.mariaseger.com.