Christopher Lukasik

Associate Professor // English

Associate Professor // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

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Room: HEAV 410


Phone: (765) 494-6002

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 in the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over 25 fellowships and grants, including awards from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He has presented over 90 papers on three continents and his work has been published in over 20 journals and edited collections. He is the author of Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America and is currently working on a monograph entitled The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Selected Publications: “Race and the Rise of A Mass Visual Culture: The Case of David Hunter Strother’s Virginia Illustrated,” American Literary History (2020); “The Meaning of ‘Illustration’ in Early Nineteenth-Century America,” in Blackwell’s A Companion Guide to Illustration (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, 2011).

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 (2019, 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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