Devin William Daniels
- 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 work draws on the tools of political economy, media theory, and critical data studies to examine 20th-century U.S. literature and film. His dissertation, "Informatics of State: The Novel and Technologies of Administration," considers how the U.S. novel has understood, depicted, and engaged with the information 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, he aims to produce new insights into the history of the twinned projects of U.S. welfare and security.
His other interests include science-fiction, economic thought and finance, bureaucracy, and the theory of the novel. 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.