Lauren Berlant

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  • George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English
    Director, Lesbian and Gay Studies Project at the Center for Gender Studies


Lauren Berlant works on the production of legal and affective public spheres in the United States from the 19th century to the present; in particular, formal and informal modes of social belonging or citizenship. These might be organized according to political, racial, sexual, or economic status; they might be forged in everyday life. She also works on the public circulation of emotions like trauma, love, optimism, and political depression. She is the author of Our Monica, Ourselves: Clinton and the Affairs of State (2001), The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997) and The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia and Everyday Life(1991), as well as the upcoming The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture.