In January the Graduate School welcomed Jason Puskar, UWM associate professor of English, as its new associate dean. He succeeds Tracey Heatherington, UWM associate professor of Anthropology, whose tenure in the position began in January 2015.
Jason teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture, including literary realism and modernism, science and technology studies, media studies, the history of photography, and economic history and theory.
In announcing the appointment, Graduate School Dean Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska cited the value of Jason’s experience as chair of the Graduate Faculty Committee and associate chair for graduate education in English.
Jason is the author of Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity and the Production of Chance (Stanford 2012), and his articles have appeared in interdisciplinary journals including American Literary History, Daedalus, and Mosaic. He was the principal investigator for a 2016-17 Next Generation Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, designed to improve career diversity outcomes for doctoral students in the humanities. He is currently finishing a cultural history of buttons and binary switches from the telegraph to the touchscreen.
His research was recognized in 2015 with an Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Award.
Jason earned a PhD in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 1997.