Professor of American Literature and Culture
University of Geneva
Deborah Madsen is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Geneva. Her work focuses on issues of settler-nationalism, indigeneity, and migration, exemplified by her work on American Exceptionalism, "UnAmerican," and the white supremacist ideology of Manifest Destiny. Her most recent publications include the edited collections, Native Authenticity: Transatlantic Approaches to Native American Literature (SUNY Press 2010) and Louise Erdrich (Continuum, 2012). She is immediate past President of the Swiss Association for North American Studies (SANAS), and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of American Studies (published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the American Studies Association), and on the Editorial Advisory Committee of PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association of America). She has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Cape Town, Adelaide, and Cambridge, and is an honorary life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
She is currently completing the monograph, Contra Trauma: Reading Theory through Native American Culture, an interdisciplinary critique of dominant white-settler paradigms of trauma that fail to account for the specific historical experiences of indigenous peoples and, as a consequence, inform failing models of social services (medical, judicial, educational). This project brings together her earlier work in poststructuralist, postcolonial, and feminist critical theory in a comparative and interdisciplinary indigenous context.
She has published extensively on Chinese immigration, particularly in relation to Australia, Canada, and the United States, including the book Diasporic Histories: Archives of Chinese Transnationalism (co-ed. Hong Kong University Press 2009). She has a pedagogical interest in e-learning and has published widely on developments in this field.
For full details of her work: CURRICULUM VITAE
Proposals from prospective PhD students are invited in the following areas: literature and US nationalism; cultural approaches to migration and transnationalism; Native American and comparative indigenous studies; gender theory and contemporary cultural body imagery.