1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Eric Lott


214 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

MW 3:30-5:00

Class Schedule:

MW 2:00-3:15, 5:00-6:15


Ph.D. Columbia, 1991
M.A. Columbia, 1984
B.A. Missouri, 1981


19th C American, 20th C American, African American, American, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies


Love and Theft, Oxford University Press, 1993

Recent Articles

  • “Back Door Man: Howlin’ Wolf and the Sound of Jim Crow.” American Quarterly (2011).
  • “Bob Dylan’s ‘Love and Theft.’” The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, ed. Kevin Dettmar  (2009).
  • “Perfect Is Dead: Karen Carpenter, Theodor Adorno, and the Radio; Or, If Hooks Could Kill.”  Criticism (2008). Rpt. in American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions, ed. Christopher Looby and Cindy Weinstein (Columbia, 2012) and Pop When the World Falls Apart: Music in the Shadow of Doubt, ed. Eric Weisbard (Duke, 2012).
  • “Criticism in the Vineyard: Twenty Years After ‘Race,’ Writing, and Difference.” PMLA (2008).
  • “Semi-Mojo, or, Shaft in Scarsdale: Michael Rogin and Comparative American Studies.” Comparative American Studies (2008).
  • “’You Make Me Feel So Young’: Sinatra & Basie & Amos & Andy.” e-misferica (2008).
  • National Treasure, Global Value, and American Literary Studies.” American Literary History (2008).
  • “Class.” Keywords for American Cultural Studies, ed. Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett (NYU, 2007).
  • “A Wrongheaded Focus on Class” (on Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble With Diversity). Chronicle of Higher Education Review (2006).
  • “The Truman Show: Five Years After 9/11.” First of the Month (2006).
  • “The Wages of Liberalism: An Interview with Eric Lott.” minnesota review (2005).
  • “Anti-American Studies.” Prospects: The Annual of American Cultural Studies (2005).
  • “Chants Demagogic.” Yale Journal of Criticism (2005).
  • “The First Boomer: Bill Clinton, George W., and Fictions of State.” Representations (2004).
  • Gadfly Interview with Eric Lott: On Bob Dylan’s ‘Love and Theft.’Gadfly Online (2001).
  • “Minding the Messenger: A Symposium on Spike Lee’s Bamboozled” (with Stanley Crouch, Clyde Taylor, Margo Jefferson, and Michele Wallace). Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (2001).
  • Foreword, Stephen Steinberg, The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America, 3rd ed. (Beacon, 2000).
  • “After Identity, Politics: The Return of Universalism.” New Literary History (2000).

Invited Lectures

  • Cornell University, April 2012
  • UCLA, April 2012
  • Graduate Center, City University of New York, March 2012
  • University College Dublin, Clinton Institute for American Studies, March 2012
  • University of California-Irvine, November 2011
  • Syracuse University, Stephen Crane Lecture, October 2011
  • Dartmouth College, American Studies Institute, June 2011
  • University of Western Sydney, June 2011
  • National Taiwan Normal University, May 2011
  • Hampshire College, Eric Schocket Memorial Lecture, April 2011
  • New York University, December 2010
  • Yale University, October 2010
  • Pennsylvania State University, September 2010


  • Cornell University Society for the Humanities Fellowship, 2011
  • Princeton University Council for the Humanities Visiting Fellowship, 2001
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1996
  • Modern Language Association Best First Book Prize, 1994
  • Organization of American Historians Avery O. Craven Book Award, 1994
  • Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, 1994
  • American Studies Association Rourke Prize for Best American Quarterly Article, 1992
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship, 1989
  • American Studies Association Wise-Susman Prize, 1988