Timothy Brennan

Timothy Brennan is Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author most recently of Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso, 2008), and edited, introduced, and co-translated the first English edition of Alejo Carpentier’s classic study, Music in Cuba (U of Minnesota P, 2001). His other recent books include Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (Columbia UP, 2006), Empire in Different Colors (Revolver, 2007) and At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (Harvard UP, 1997). In 1989, he received an award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for his special issue of Modern Fiction Studies titled “Narratives of Colonial Resistance” (1989). Professor Brennan is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the McKnight foundation, and has taught at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the Humboldt University (Berlin). He was Director of the Humanities Institute between 2002 and 2004, has chaired the Sociological Approaches to Literature Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA), editing a book series “Cultural Margins” at Cambridge University Press between 1997-2003. Since 2000, Professor Brennan has been the featured speaker at over sixty universities and cultural institutions throughout the world. His essays have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Polish, Turkish, French, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Japanese, and his writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Studies, Critical Inquiry, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Public Culture, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the London Review of Books.