Cyrus R. K. Patell is Associate Professor of English at New York University and Associate Dean of Humanities for NYU Abu Dhabi. He regularly blogs on two sites: patell.org and Patell and Waterman’s History of New York.
A former Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Honors for the English Department, he regularly teaches the undergraduate courses “Conversations of the West,” “American Literature I,” and “Writing New York.” Recent graduate courses include “Why Moby-Dick Matters,” “U.S. Fiction after 1940,” and “Contemporary Emergent U.S. Fiction.” This January he will be teaching a three-week course on “New York and Modernity” for NYU Abu Dhabi. His 2009 lecture for the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, “Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism, and the Promise of Literature” can be seen on the Institute’s website. Continued below