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Joel Burges

  • (on leave for academic year 2021-22)
  • Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies

PhD, Stanford University

413 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2694


  • ENGL 118:  Introduction to Media Studies
  • ENGL 244/444:  Back to the Future: Alternative Modernities from the Victorian Novel to the Culture of Steampunk
  • ENGL 260/460:  Film History, 1989-Present
  • ENGL 263/463:  Poetics of Television
  • ENGL 263/463:  Clocks and Computers: Visualizing Cultural Time
  • ENGL 267/467:  Animation and the Arts
  • ENGL 380:  Politics of Television
  • ENGL 539:  Marxism and Forms
  • ENGL 552:  Critical Theory/Media Theory
  • ENGL 555:  What is Contemporary Cinema?

Selected Publications


  • Television and the Work of Writing (in progress)
  • Out of Sync & Out of Work: History and the Obsolescence of Labor in Contemporary Culture, Rutgers UP, 2018 
  • Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited with Amy J. Elias, NYU Press, 2016

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • “The Horror of Stagnation: Class Morbidity and Racial Informality in It Follows and Only Lovers Left Alive,” in The Labors of Fear: Work in Horror Cinema, edited by Aviva Briefel and Jason Middleton (in progress).
  • “Temporality,” in A Concise Companion to Visual Culture, edited by A. Joan Saab, Aubrey Anable, and Catherine Zuromskis, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021.
  • Reprint of "Adorno’s Mimeograph: The Uses of Obsolescence in Minima Moralia," in The Mimeograph, a Tool for Radical Art and Political Contestation, Bergen, Norway: Alt Går Bra, 2016.
  • "Time Studies Today," with Amy J. Elias, introduction to Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "Obsolescence/Innovation," in Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, NYU Press, 2016
  • "The Television and the Teapot: Obsolescence, All That Heaven Allows, and a Sense of Historical Time in Contemporary Life," in Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective, ed. Gillian Pye, Peter Lang 2010

Essays in Journals

Other Publications

  • “Black Studies Now and the Countercurrents of Hazel Carby,” edited with Alisa V. Prince and Jeffrey Allen Tucker, special issue of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture 31 (2020),
  • “Knowing Yourself, Historically: An Interview with Hazel Carby,” with Jerome Dent, Alisa V. Prince, Patrick Sullivan, and Jeffrey Allen Tucker, edited by Clara Auclair and Byron Fong, annotated by Kendall DeBoer and Peter Murphy, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture 31 (2020),
  • Stranger Things and Nostalgia Now,” edited with Jason Middleton, essay cluster for Post45: Contemporaries (July 2019),
  • As a contributor to Arcade ( "Nostalgia, Mourning, Disappearance" (November 2011), "Cinematic Obsolescence: A Parallax View on the Digital Transition" (November 2010), "After the Revolution, or, The Embarrassment of Theory?" (May 2010), "Natalie Merchant's Resonant History Lesson" (May 2010) 

Selected Awards/Grants

  • The Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2019
  • University of Rochester Educational IT Innovation Grant, University of Rochester Educational IT Innovation Grant Program, Mediate: An Annotation Tool for Time-Based Media, Co-Principal Investigator on grant with Darren Mueller (Musicology, Eastman School of Music), Project Manager: Emily Sherwood (Director, Digital Scholarship Lab), 2019
  • University Research Award, University of Rochester, Office of the Provost, How Is Rochester a Prison Town?, Co-Principal Investigator with Precious Bedell (Warner School of Education, Strong Medical Center), Kristin Doughty (Anthropology), Joshua Dubler (Religion & Classics), Kara Finnigan (Warner School of Education), Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge (Art & Art History), Diane Morse (Strong Medical Center), and Dena Swanson (Warner School of Education), 2018-2019
  • Internal Faculty Fellowship, Humanities Center, University of Rochester, 2018
  • External Faculty Fellowship, the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College, 2014-2015
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-11
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2007-09
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-04
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of English, Stanford University, 1999-2003
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998-99
  • Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for the Best Senior Essay in American Studies, American Studies Program, Yale University, 1997