Charles Shepherdson

Professor of English

Director, English MA Program

Director, Liberal Studies Program

Charles Shepherdson, ProfessorBA Grinnell College

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Romantic and Modern Lyric Poetry, Contemporary Literary Theory, Continental Philosophy, Psychoanalytic Theory, 19th-Century Intellectual History.

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Charles Shepherdson works in literary and cultural theory with an emphasis on psychoanalysis, contemporary continental philosophy, and 19th-century intellectual history. In addition to graduate seminars in these areas, he  teaches in the areas of British Romantic Poetry and the ancient Greece (tragedy and philosophy). He is currently Director of the interdisciplinary Liberal Studies MA Program at SUNY Albany.

He is the author of Vital Signs: Nature, Culture, Psychoanalysis (Routledge), Lacan and the Limits of Language (Fordham UP), The Epoch of the Body (Stanford, forthcoming), and The Ethics of Female Love, a collection of five essays translated into Serbo-Croatian for a special issue of the journal Zenske Studije (Women's Studies). His work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Serbo-Croatian. He is also the editor of Insinuations, a book series at SUNY Press that has produced approximately 20 volumes, and supports work at the intersections among literature, psychoanalysis and philosophy.

Professor Shepherdson has received grant support from the The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Henry A. Luce Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Ethel Mae Wilson Foundation.  He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Virginia in the Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change, and at the Claremont Graduate School in California.  He was Arthur and Martha Joukowsky Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University, and he has also been a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


His recent awards include a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in American Studies (2006-11); National Science Council Professor at National Taiwan University (2007-08); Aristotelian Chair in the Liberal Arts at Saint Thomas Aquinas College (2004); Distinguished Alumnus Award for Academic Achievement from Grinnell College (2004); and William P. Huffington Scholar-in-Residence at Miami University of Ohio (2003).