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William E. Stirton Professor of English; Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Jonathan Smith
3084 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
TR 1:00 - 2:00 pm

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Biography and Education

Jonathan Smith is an English professor with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. A faculty member since 1991, he teaches upper-level courses on British literature, particularly of the Romantic and Victorian periods, as well as introductory literature courses and courses on the literary and cultural study of science and technology. His research interests center on the relationships between the humanities, science, and technology, with special focus on the literature, science, and culture of Victorian Britain.


PhD Institution:

English, Columbia University, 1990

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Negotiating Boundaries. Vol. 1 of Victorian Science and Literature. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011. (co-edited with Piers J. Hale)

Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Paperback edition: 2009.

Fact and Feeling: Baconian Science and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1994.

The Automobile in American Life and Society: Website and Online Archive. (editor)

Journal Issue:
"Darwin and the Evolution of Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies 51.3 (Spring 2009). (editor)

"The Victorian Novel and Science." The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel. Ed. Lisa Rodensky. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 441-58.

"Domestic Hybrids: Ruskin, Victorian Fiction, and Darwin's Botany." SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 48 (2008): 861-70.

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Awards and Recognition

University of Michigan-Dearborn William E. Stirton Professorship (2012-2017).

University of Michigan-Dearborn Distinguished Faculty Research Award (2008).

Jack Williamson Visiting Chair in Science and Humanities, Eastern New Mexico University (2002). 

Schacterle Prize, Society for Literature and Science (1992).


Member for
4 years 9 months
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