Faculty and Staff

Jed Murr


M.A. American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst                       Ph.D. English, University of Washington

Office: HH-1412
Phone: 425-352-2390
Email: jmurr@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


I believe classrooms should be critical laboratories of collective and creative engagement with the texts, life experiences, and world-making projects that surround us. I ask my students to read cultural texts—from critical theory to novels to hip hop videos to art installations to university diversity statements—as forms of knowledge production that help to produce and potentially transform our lives and the systems in which we move. My courses utilize interactive and immersive methods to invite students not just to understand but to inhabit and perform particular perspectives and to articulate together the stakes of interdisciplinary inquiry. I've found that this can foster both critical self-reflection and the ability to “read” and communicate effectively about the multiple global forces, histories, and power relations that shape our world.

Recent Courses:

B CUSP 174 American Lives
BIS 379 American Ethnic Literature
BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies
BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies: “Race and the Work of Culture”
BIS 371 20th Century American Literature: “Beyond National Belonging”
BIS 490: Cultural Movements and Social Change
BISGST 397 Special Topics in Global Studies: “Mapping Globalization”

Research and Public Engagement:

My research on US racial formation in a global context, social transformation, and the politics of literary,  popular, and visual cultures is situated in the tensions and connections between US American cultural and literary studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and related political and intellectual traditions. My current project focuses on public art and Black aesthetic and political insurgency in the Pacific Northwest.

Much of my work includes direct collaborations with visual artists, writers, and other cultural workers to create sites of critical translation, study, and performance. This labor is informed by years of work with the Race/Knowledge Project collective at the University of Washington Seattle, as well as by a Community-Based Learning and Research Faculty Fellowship at UW Bothell. In 2014-15, my work has been exhibited and presented in a range of venues, including Seattle's SOIL Gallery, Emerson College in Boston, the On the Boards Performance Blog, the International Forum on Contemporary Theory, and the American Studies Association and Cultural Studies Association conferences. I have also served as a peer reviewer for the journal Women & Performance.