James Salazar received his PhD and MA in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture, race and gender studies, political cultures of the U.S., childhood, rhetorical theory, and critical theory. He has published articles and reviews in the journals American Quarterly, American Literature, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Emerson Society Papers, and Social Semiotics; and in Our Sister’s Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women, edited by Jill Bergman and Debra Bernardi. His first book, Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America, was published by New York University Press as part of its new series “America and the Long 19th Century,” which is edited by David Kazanjian, Elizabeth McHenry, and Priscilla Wald and sponsored by the Mellon Foundation’s American Literatures Initiative.
He is currently working on a new book project, provisionally titled Captivating Arabia: Echoes of the Barbary Captivity Narrative in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture. This project examines the Barbary captivity narratives published by Americans captured and enslaved by North African “pirates” in the early nineteenth century and the role they played in the development of national culture and literary aesthetics in the United States. Dr. Salazar served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English from Spring 2012 to Fall 2014.
Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded-Age America, New York: New York University Press, 2010 (America and the Long Nineteenth Century Series, Eds. David Kazanjian, Elizabeth McHenry, and Priscilla Wald).