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Christopher Lukasik

Associate Professor // English

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: HEAV 410


Phone: (765) 494-6002

Provost’s Fellow, Faculty Fulbright Awards
Ph.D., English, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Specialization: American literature and art history before 1900; Early American Studies; visual studies and visual theory; illustration studies; history and theory of the novel; American cultural and intellectual history.

Christopher Lukasik specializes in the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over twenty-five fellowships and has presented over 90 papers on three continents and his work has been published in over a dozen journals. He is the author of Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America and is currently working on a monograph entitled The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Selected Publications: “‘The Instructed Eye’: What Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Drawing Books Can Tell Us About How We See,” Modelwork: Material Culture and Modeling in the Humanities (University of Minnesota P, 2021); “Race and the Rise of A Mass Visual Culture: The Case of David Hunter Strother’s Virginia Illustrated,” American Literary History (2020); “The Meaning of ‘Illustration’ in Early Nineteenth-Century America,” in Blackwell’s A Companion Guide to Illustration (2019): “Looking at the Overexposed: Visuality and Race in Harnett’s Attention Company,” Callaloo (2014): "Breaking and Entering: Reflections on the Archive,” Western Humanities Review (2013); Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America (U Pennsylvania P, 2011).

Selected Grants and Fellowships: Rockwell Center Society of Fellows, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (2017-2019); Fulbright Specialist Grant, University of Graz, Austria (2018); NEH Summer Stipend Research Grant (2016); Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship, Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, University of Virginia (2013-14); Fulbright Scholar Grant to the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2009-2010); NEH Long-Term Research Grant, American Antiquarian Society (2004-05).

Teaching Awards: Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University (2014); Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Department of English (2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006); Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, Purdue University (2020, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007).