John Rowe

USC Associates Chair in Humanities and Professor of English, American Studies & Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-5594
Office: THH 420

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness (Cornell University Press, 1976), Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Theory (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982), The Theoretical Dimensions of Henry James (University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), At Emerson’s Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (Columbia University Press, 1997), The Other Henry James (Duke University Press, 1998), Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (Oxford University Press, 2000), The New American Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism, and Political Critique (Dartmouth Press, 2011), and The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies (University of Michigan/ Open Humanities Press, 2012), an open access title available free from, as well as over 150 scholarly essays and critical reviews. He is the editor of: The Vietnam War and American Culture (Columbia University Press, 1991), New Essays on The Education of Henry Adams (Cambridge University Press, 1996), “Culture” and the Problem of the Disciplines (Columbia University Press, 1998), Post-Nationalist American Studies (University of California Press, 2000), Selections from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller in the New Riverside Editions (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), A Concise Companion to American Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), (with Eric Haralson) A Historical Guide to Henry James, (with Winfried Fluck and Donald Pease) Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies, and (with Justin Joyce and Dwight McBride) Lindon Barrett's Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity (University of Illinois Press, 2013). His current scholarly projects are: The Ends of Transnationalism and Our Henry James.


  • B.A. , The Johns Hopkins University, 1/1967
  • Ph.D. , State University of New York, Buffalo, 1/1972

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Professor, University of California, Irvine, 01/01/1981-01/01/2004  
    • Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, 01/01/1977-01/01/1981  
    • Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, 01/01/1975-01/01/1977  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 01/01/1971-01/01/1975  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    John Carlos Rowe is one of the nation's foremost Americanists, and he has been largely responsible for helping spearhead the "new American studies" as well as the rise of international American studies programs across the globe. He has published widely on Henry James, the intersections of nineteenth-century American literature and postmodern theory and U.S. imperialism.
    Research Specialties
    (Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1972) Professor of English and ASE: American Studies; Critical Theory

    Funded Research

    USC Funding
    • Visions and Voices. Our Native America: Performance and Installation at the Fisher Musuem by Guillermo Gomez Pena, $21,000, 2008-2009   
    • Spectrum. Our Native America: Lecture by Spokane writer, Sherman Alexie. Proposed to Visions and Voices, but funded and sponsored by Spectrum., $30,000, 2008-2009   

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Centre for Foreign Policy, Media, and Culture at the University of Birmingham (UK), Faculty Associate
    • Graduate Colloquium, Universitaet Potsdam (Germany), Faculty Associate
    • Humboldt Foundation Transatlantic Cooperative Research Project, Principal Investigator (US)
    • Transpacific Studies, Member

    New Courses Developed

    • Native American Literature, English 444, A survey of native American literature from the early nineteenth century to the present., Fall 2008   
    • Introduction to American Studies, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, A survey of the most influential theories of American Studies and Ethnicity of the past twenty-five years., 2006-2007   

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Endowed Chair, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, 9/14/2004-  
    • Vice President, Henry James Society, 2010-2011   
    • Mellon Mentoring Award: Faculty Mentoring, 2009-2010   
    • Class of 2000 Outstanding Professor in the School of Humanities, UC Irvine, 1999-2000  
    • Director, Residential Research Group, "Post-National American Studies," University of California Humantities Research Institute, 1996-1997  
    • Director, National Endowment of the Humanities Intersegmental Summer Institute, "Bridging the Gaps: Critical Theory, American Literature and American Cultures", 5/16/1995-8/15/1996  
    • Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Fellowship in the Humanities, 1982-1983  
    • University Fellowship, State University of New York, 1970-1971  

    Service to the University

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Public Lecture Series: Humanities Associates Lectures in American Literature and Culture, -09/01/2009  

    Service to the Profession

    Administrative Appointments
    • Vice President, Henry James Society, 2010-2011   

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board, Romanian Journal of American Studies, 2011-  
    • Managing Board, American Quarterly, 2009-2010   
    • Editorial Board, Comparative American Studies, 2009-2010   
    • Editorial Board Member, Comparative American Studies, 2009-2010   
    • Editorial Board, Novel, 2009-2010   
    • Editorial Board, The Henry James Review, 2009-2010   

    Professional Memberships
    • American Studies Association, 2007-2008   
    • Modern Language Association, 2006-2007   

  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534