Megan Tusler


Megan Tusler earned the PhD in 2015 (profiled on blogher: She has been a Mellon Foundation fellow in the English department at the University of Chicago. She currently works for the Chicago Center for Teaching as a teaching consultant and as a preceptor for the Master’s Program in the Humanities (MAPH). She teaches courses in literature and urbanism, literature and critical race studies, American literature and photography, and adolescence in twentieth century American literature. Her current project, American Snapshot: Urban Realism from New Deal to Great Society, explores how aesthetic communities turned to modes of realism and documentary practice in moments of political tension and crisis; her second project, On Other Loathing, describes operations of misanthropy in the American novel. She volunteers for Sit Stay Read and Girls Rock! Chicago.


Research Interests

19th and 20th Century American Literature; Comparative Ethnic Literatures; African-American Literature; Urbanism; Critical Theory; Cultural Studies; Cinema; Photography and Visual Culture


American Cultures (2008-present)


  • Review: “Shamoon Zamir: The Gift of the Face,” forthcoming in American Indian Quarterly
  • Encyclopedia entries: “Termination” and “Relocation,” 50 Major Events in American Indian History
  • Review: “Court Theater Debuts Native Son,” Chicago Review


Teaching Experience

Stand-alone courses:

  • Literature and Critical Debates at Midcentury (Winter 2016)
  • The Promised Land: Literature of Los Angeles (Fall 2014)
  • Girlhood and American Literature (Spring 2014)
  • The American Novel and the Photographic Impulse (Fall 2012)

As teaching assistant:

  • Reading Resistance (Fall 2015)
  • Introduction to Fiction (Spring 2015)
  • American Women Writing at Midcentury (Spring 2012)
  • Introduction to African-American Literature (Fall 2011)
  • Shakespeare II: Tragedies and Romances (Spring 2011)

As writing intern:

  • Media Aesthetics (Spring 2013)
  • Readings in World Literature (Fall 2012 and Winter 2013)


  • Foundations of Interpretive Theory (Fall 2014 and Fall 2015)