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Paul Fess

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7314
1 Wash Pl, Room 429

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Paul Fess’s teaching and research focuses on 19th-century American literature, sound studies, media studies, and digital humanities. He is interested in how African American and folk music structured the politics and literature of race, enslavement, and citizenship from the U.S. abolitionist movement of the 1820s and 30s to the beginnings of the recording industry at the turn of the 20th century. He has taught literature and American Studies courses at Hunter College and the School for Professional Studies, C.U.N.Y. and has worked on several digital projects concerning 19th-century American Studies, including the recent National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project “City of Print.”

Teaching and Research Interests

19th-century American literature and culture; African American literature and culture; music and sound studies; print and media culture

Paul Fess


B.A. English, University of Texas, Austin, 2005
M.A. English, Hunter College, CUNY, 2010


2016 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Sounding the City

2015 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: Thinking and Writing Through New Media