Christopher Lukasik

Associate Professor // English

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // American Studies

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Room: HEAV 410


Phone: (765) 494-6002

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Provost’s Fellow, Faculty Fulbright Awards
Ph.D., English, Johns Hopkins University, 2002


Specialization: American literature and art history before 1900; Early American Studies; visual studies and visual theory; illustration studies; history and theory of the novel; American cultural and intellectual history.

Christopher Lukasik specializes on the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over fifteen fellowships, including long-term awards from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, the American Antiquarian Society, the Boston University Humanities Foundation, the Purdue Research Foundation, and the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at the University of Virginia. He has presented over 75 papers on three continents and his work has been published in over a dozen journals. He is the author of Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and he is currently working on a new book project entitled The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Selected Publications: “The Meaning of ‘Illustration’ in Early Nineteenth-Century America,” in Blackwell’s A Companion Guide to Illustration, forthcoming 2019; “Looking at the Overexposed: Visuality and Race in Harnett’s Attention Company,” Callaloo (2014); "Breaking and Entering: Reflections on the Archive,” Western Humanities Review (2013); Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America (U Pennsylvania P, 2010); “The Face of The Public,” Early American Literature  (2004); “Breeding and Reading: Chesterfieldian Civility in the Early Republic,” in Blackwell’s A Companion To American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2004).

Selected Grants and Fellowships: Rockwell Center Society of Fellows, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (2017-2019); Fulbright Specialist Grant, University of Graz, Austria (2018); NEH Summer Stipend Research Grant (2016); Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship, Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, University of Virginia (2013-14); Fulbright Scholar Grant to the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2009-2010); NEH Long-Term Research Grant, American Antiquarian Society (2004-05).

Teaching Awards: Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University (2014); Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Department of English (2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006); Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, Purdue University (2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007).

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