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Devin William Daniels

Devin William Daniels


Fisher-Bennett Hall 340


  • M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • B.A., English and Philosophy with Honors in English, Penn State University (2011)

Devin William Daniels is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His research lies at the intersection of American studies, media theory, and critical data studies. His dissertation, "Informatic States: The Novel and the Technologies of Administration," considers how the U.S. novel has understood, depicted, and engaged with the systems and technologies of administration through which the state comes to "know," define, and interface with its populace and citizenry. Through a close examination of the U.S. novel, from the New Deal to the dismantling of welfare in the 1980s-90s, his work aims to produce new insights into the history of the twinned projects of U.S. welfare and security, resisting flat understandings of the state as a purely disciplinary force.

His other interests include science fiction, surveillance studies, political economy, and the aesthetics of decay. Off the clock, he plays guitar in the post-punk band Recognitions, rides bicycles, and watches too much NBA (#TrustTheProcess).

Devin is co-coordinating Mods, Penn's modernism and twentieth-century reading group, for the 2019-2020 academic year (with Alex Millen and JS Wu). Please contact him with any questions or to be added to the listserv.

Courses Taught

fall 2019