Douglas Tallack is Professor of American Studies, and formerly Pro

Biography for Professor Douglas Tallack
In February of this year, Douglas Tallack was appointed as Professor of American
Studies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law at
the University of Leicester. He has worked at the Universities of Exeter, Sussex
(where he took his BA, MA and DPhil), California, and Nottingham, where he served
as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean and Head of School.
Douglas Tallack’s monographs are
New York Sights: Visualizing Old and New New York
The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story
Twentieth-Century America: An Intellectual and Cultural History
He has also edited:
Global Cities/Local Sites (editor) (his first book as a member of staff at the
University of Leicester)
City Sites: Multi-Media Essays on New York and Chicago
Critical Theory: A Reader
Literary Theory at Work
Professor Tallack has twice won the Arthur Miller Prize for the best American Studies
article of the year, and he directed the 3Cities project, funded by the UK Arts and
Humanities Research Council. He has supervised some 30 PhD students.
He has been a member of the UK Government’s Marshall Commission, a number of
national advisory committees and overseas joint venture boards, and he has served
on local school and college governing bodies.
Douglas Tallack holds honorary guest professorships at Tsinghua University, Beijing,
and Shanghai International Studies University, and has been a Fellow at the Grolier
Club in New York City, where most of the archival research for this Inaugural Lecture
was undertaken. His current research is on “Visual Commissions”, and this lecture
forms part of that topic.
The title of the lecture is:
“The Line of History: The Society of Iconophiles and New York City, 1894-1939”