Thomas W. Howard
Thomas is a doctoral candidate studying nineteenth-century American literature, especially American Transcendentalism and pragmatism, along with critical interests in cognitive literary studies and affect theory. His dissertation, “Pragmatic Ambiguities: Aphoristic Thinking in the American Nineteenth Century,” follows a stream of thought among nineteenth-century nonfiction authors, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, William James, and W. E. B. Du Bois, who use aphoristic language to engage readers in a continuous process of interpretation.
Thomas is currently on a Fulbright research grant in Germany. He is being hosted by the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, part of Freie Universität Berlin.
More information on Thomas’s research, his CV, and his upcoming events can be found at his personal website.