John Rowe

USC Associates Chair in Humanities and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature
John Rowe
Email Office THH 420 Office Phone (213) 821-5594

Research & Practice Areas

(Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1972) Professor of English and ASE: American Studies; Critical Theory

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • 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


John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature 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), The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies (University of Michigan/ Open Humanities Press, 2012), an open access title available free from, and Our Henry James in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2022), as well as over 200 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 project is: Sailing Lessons: Transpacific Studies and the New American Studies.


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

    • 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
  • 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.

  • USC Funding

    • Visions and Voices. Our Native America $21,000, 2008-2009
    • Spectrum. Our Native America $30,000, 2008-2009
    • Native American Literature, English 444, Fall 2008
    • Introduction to American Studies, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, 2006-2007
    • USC Endowed Chair, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, 2004/09/14-2019/08/15
    • 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”, 1995/05/16-1996/08/15
    • Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Fellowship in the Humanities, 1982-1983
    • University Fellowship, State University of New York, 1970-1971
  • Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

    • Public Lecture Series: Humanities Associates Lectures in American Literature and Culture,
  • 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