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Sari Altschuler

College: Graduate Center
Awards: Tenure-Track Position at University of South Florida, 2012

Outstanding Student

Sari Altschuler (English) defended her dissertation in April and has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of South Florida in fall 2012.

Her dissertation, "National Physiology: Literature, Medicine, and the Invention of the American Body, 1789-1860," explores the collaborative relationship between medicine and literature in the early republic, offering the first genealogy of the medical humanities in America.

In her first year as professor of English at USF, she will teach American literature to 1865, 19th-century American fiction and a doctoral-level course.

Altschuler's work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly and the Journal of the Early Republic. The high standard of Altschuler's research and writing has been recognized outside the CUNY system by awards and/or dissertation fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies; the Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science; the American Antiquarian Society; the University of Virginia; the Library Company of Philadelphia; the Society of Early Americanists; and the Charles Brockden Brown Society.

Altschuler serves on the Modern Language Association's delegate assembly, the American Studies Association Early American Caucus working committee, the Charles Brockden Brown Society board and the working group for the Future of Disability Studies Project.