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Top Interdisciplinary Scholar in English and Art History Joins USC Dornsife

Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History in USC Dornsife.
Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History in USC Dornsife.

Kate Flint has been named Provost Professor of English and Art History in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Flint’s appointment as well as Lee Epstein’s as Provost Professor of Law and Political Science increases the number of Provost Professors at USC to 10 with six holding appointments in USC Dornsife.

“Kate is a world-renowned scholar and I could not be happier that she will be joining our community,” said Howard Gillman, dean of USC Dornsife. “Her addition to our faculty brings outstanding new leadership into core disciplines within the humanities.”

Flint comes to USC Dornsife from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she recently served as chair of the Department of English. She specializes in Victorian and early 20th-century cultural and literary history, visual culture, women’s writing, gender studies and transatlantic studies. Her most recent book, The Transatlantic Indian, 1776–1930 (Princeton University Press, 2008), explores the role of the Native American in British transatlantic culture during this period, alongside the views that Native travelers and performers held of British society.

She is general editor of the forthcoming Victorian volume of the New Cambridge History of English Literature and currently is writing a book titled Flash! Photography, Writing and Surprising Illumination.

Flint’s previous books, The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Woman Reader, 1837­–1914 (Oxford University Press, 1993), garnered the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay literary prize. She is the editor of Victorian Love Stories (Oxford University Press, 1996), as well as a number of works by Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence and Anthony Trollope.

Before joining the faculty at Rutgers in 2001, Flint taught at Bristol and Oxford universities. She was a fellow of the National Humanities Center from 2007 to 2008 and a fellow of the Huntington Library in 2008. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Oxford University, as well as an M.A. from The Courtauld Institute of Art, a self-governing college of the University of London.