Jim Kincaid

Professor Emeritus of English and Aerol Arnold Professor Emeritus of English

Research & Practice Areas

Victorian literature and culture, sexuality studies, cultural studies


  • B.S. , Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A. , Case Western Reserve University
  • Ph.D. English, Case Western Reserve University
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Kincaid researches critical theory, American Studies and Queer studies. Before coming to USC in 1987, he taught at Ohio State, Berkeley, and Colorado. Kincaid’s earlier work in Victorian literature and culture and in literary theory has yielded to publication in cultural studies, most recently in the history and current cultural practices of eroticizing children and instituting elaborate scapegoating rituals to disguise what we are doing. He regularly teaches classes in criminality/lunacy/perversion, in age studies, in censorship, and in other areas of literary, political, and cultural studies.

  • Novels

      • novels, 4 novels finished/revised and sent to agent, 2006-2007
      • USC Endowed Chair, Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English, 1987/01/01
      • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, for Teaching and Scholarship, 2000
      • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, , 1973
    • Editorships and Editorial Boards

      • Editorial Board Member, PMLA, 1977 – 1980