Tristan Schweiger

Tristan Schweiger
Assistant Instructional Professor
Pronouns: he/him/his

Assistant Instructional Professor, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, The College

Affiliate Faculty, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago in 2015. My research focuses on Atlantic literature of the long eighteenth century. I hold a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in English and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation, "Planters, Mariners, Nabobs, and Squires: Masculine Types and Imperial Ideology, 1719-1817," assesses the intersection of gender and empire in texts spanning Robinson Crusoe to Rob Roy. I have recently published on slavery and ideologies of property in eighteenth-century Caribbean literature. My broader research interests include historicism, postcolonialism, Marxism, and gender theory. Before coming to the University of Chicago, I worked as a reporter, covering state and local politics at a series of newspapers on the East Coast. Outside of my teaching and scholarship, I enjoy the lake trail (when it's not winter), cooking, exploring Chicago's restaurant scene, ships, and airplanes. I am the co-host of the podcast Better Read than Dead: Literature from a Left Perspective. And I am a proud member of Faculty Forward/SEIU Local 73, the contingent faculty union at the University of Chicago.

Co-host of the podcast “Better Read than Dead: Literature from a Left Perspective.”