Ingrid Becker


Research Interests: 

20th and 21st century American and British literature; poetry and poetics; cultural studies; literature and the social sciences.

Dissertation Title: 

Sociological Poetics in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Imagining the Self as Social Problem


20th/21st Century, Poetry & Poetics, Historical Capitalisms


Double Review of Look by Solmaz Sharif and The Work-Shy by Blunt Research Group, Chicago Review, (Fall 60:04/ Winter 61:01) 2017.


Ingrid is a PhD candidate and Blair Dissertation-Year Fellow at the University of Chicago with previous degrees from Boston University (BA) and the University of Oxford (MSt).

She researches and teaches 20th century literatures in English, especially poetry and poetics, with regard to the relationship of literature to institutional and cultural histories, politics, and social science. Her dissertation, Sociological Poetics in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Imagining the Self as Social Problem, develops an interdisciplinary account of the limits and possibilities of individual self-expression and collective representation since the early 1900s through an original archive of what she calls “sociopoetic” works. Exploring a lineage of texts that self-consciously integrate and interrogate the logics, objects and formal characteristics of both sociology and literature, she hopes to break through academic silos and gain traction on the ways we think about subjective human experience in a statistical society.

In her spare time, Ingrid is an amateur student and performer of classical modern dance.

Teaching Experience: 

Lecturer for “Social Fact / Human Feeling: Documentary and Literary Forms in the 1930s” (Fall 2016).

Course Assistant for “Human Rights Witness” (with Sonali Thakkar, Spring 2016), “Objects, Things and Other Things” (with Bill Brown, Fall 2015), and “Introduction to Poetry” (with Lisa Ruddick, Fall 2014).

Writing Instructor for the Warrior-Scholar Project (Summer 2016 & 2017).