While at LAPA
Joan Dayan is Regents Professor of English at the University of Arizona. Her primary areas of scholarship include American Studies, comparative Caribbean cultural history, and Religion. She is the author of Fables of Mind: An Inquiry into Poe's Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1987) and Haiti, History, and the Gods (University of California Press, 1995). She has published numerous articles on race and romance in the Americas, as well as on Haiti's literature, legal history and religious practices. Professor Dayan holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University Graduate Center. At Princeton, she will complete her book on prisons and the law, Held in the Body of the State, and teach a graduate seminar: "Legal Slaves and Civil Bodies: Interpretation, Literature, and the Law."