James Fitz Gerald

  • Lecturer, English and Media Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy State University of New York at Binghamton

Teaching Interests

American Literature; Medical and Health Humanities; Rhetoric of Health and Medicine; Critical Disability Studies; Trauma Studies; Transnational American Studies

Research Interests

Current research concentrates on 19th-century American literature, the rise of industrial capitalism, and the politics of public health.


James Fitz Gerald earned his Ph.D. in English, General Literature, and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research focus on 19th-20th century American literature, the medical and health humanities, rhetoric of health and medicine, critical disability studies, and transnational American studies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine, Modern Fiction Studies, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Writing and Pedagogy, along with the edited collection What's Left?: Marxism, Literature, and Culture in the 21st Century.

Professional Memberships

  • Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 2021 - Present
  • American Comparative Literature Association 2017 - Present
  • Modern Language Association 2016 - Present
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). "These Jests of God": Arrowsmith and Tropical Medicine's Racial Ecology. Literature and Medicine. (Link)
  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). Loving Mean: Racialized Medicine and the Rise of Postwar Eugenics in Toni Morrison's Home. Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. (Link)

    Book Reviews

  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). [Review of the book Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature ]. Modern Fiction Studies. (Link)

  • Presentations

  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). ““Student Well-Being: Lessons from the Crisis.”” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Learning and Teaching Council Colloquium Remote
  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). ““Why Literature?: Narrative Knowledge and the Pandemic Present.” ” Presented at the Mount Saint Mary College Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony Newburgh, NY
  • Fitz Gerald, J. (2021). “Arrowsmith and the Racial Ecology of Imperial Medicine” Presented at theModern Language Association
  • Service

    University Service

  • Committee Member for First-Generation Student Support Committee 2020 - Present
  • Committee Member for Health Thought Leadership Network 2020 - Present