MICHAEL DAMON REID

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Research Interests:
Humanities
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Biography

After receiving my B.A. in the history of mathematics and science from St. John’s College, I studied comparative literature at Vanderbilt University, and then undertook graduate study in English at Stanford University, where I received my Ph.D. in 2010. During those years, I had the privilege of teaching humanities courses in small seminar style formats, where I met many extraordinary students and learned to appreciate the free exchange of ideas and the value of testing those ideas in rational critical debate. I look forward to continuing the conversation here at SUTD.

I am currently working on two projects: a book-length study on the literary history of the theme of the double, and an anthology that attempts to chart the history and evolving narrative conventions of the thought experiment, a mode of thinking that is common both to the humanities and the sciences.

Publications

  • “The Repressing of the Journalistic in The Wings of the Dove,” The Henry James Review, 1998.
  • “The Aesthetics of Ascesis: Walter Besant and the Discipline of Form in The Golden Bowl,” The Henry James Review, 2001.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

  • Ph.D., Department of English, Stanford University (2010)
  • B.A., History of Mathematics and Science, St. John’s College (1994)

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Introduction to the Study of the Humanities Stanford University, 2012.
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2010 -- 2011.
  • The Killefer Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 2004-2005.
  • The Hall-Campbell Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 2003-2004.
  • Stanford Fellowship, 1999-2003.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • The Enlightenment, the history of the novel, thought experiments
  • Analytic philosophy and the narrative conventions of thought experiments
  • William James, Henry James, and pragmatism
  • Darwin