Adriana Craciun

Adriana Craciun

University of California Presidential Chair
Ph.D., University of California, Davis

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Adriana Craciun is University of California Presidential Chair, and joined the UC Riverside faculty in 2008. She previously taught at the University of Nottingham and the University of London, Birkbeck, where she was Reader in Literature and Theory. For 2015-2016 Craciun has been awarded a Fulbright Visiting Professorship at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

She specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and critical theory, with current research in exploration, history of the disciplines, science studies, geography, cosmopolitanism, collecting, history of the book and of authorship.

She is the author of Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge University Press, Feb. 2016), Fatal Women of Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and British Women Writers and the French Revolution: Citizens of the World (Palgrave, 2005). She is editor of several essay collections and editions, most recently the volume The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences, co-edited with Simon Schaffer (Palgrave, April 2016), and the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies on The Disorder of Things (2011). She has published over two dozen essays in journals such as PMLA, New Literary History, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, European Romantic Review, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Selected publications are available via


For 2014-2015 Craciun was UCLA Clark Professor and in that capacity she organized with Mary Terrall the Clark Library’s year-long research programme, including three conferences on “Explorations, Encounters, and the Circulation of Knowledge.”

As Director of the University of California Multi-campus Research Group on “The Material Cultures of Knowledge” (, she also co-organized several recent conferences: “Things: 18th Century Material Cultures” (a two-part event, held at the Huntington Library and at Cambridge University in 2012); “Indisciplines of Enlightenment” (July 2012, UC Berkeley); “Inscriptions: The Material Contours of Knowledge” (UC Riverside, 2011); “The Oceanic Turn: Beyond Disciplinary Territorialization” (2009). The latter events were part of the series “The Disorder of Things: Predisciplinarity and the Divisions of Knowledge 1660-1850,” and produced the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies devoted to The Disorder of Things (Oct. 2011).


She is working on two new projects: Arctic Enlightenments, a book focused on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and earlier Enlightenment and 19th-century efforts (textual, archival, experimental) to extend life into deep time; and The Star Gazers: Astronomy, Poetry and Sexuality in 19th-Century Ireland. With Mary Terrall she is also editing Explorations, Encounters, and the Circulation of Knowledge (Toronto University Press, under contract). She is an International Partner in the Arctic Modernities Research Group funded by the Norwegian Research Council (2013-16).


Her undergraduate teaching includes different courses in Romantic Literature, Victorian Literature, Eighteenth-Century Literature, and Nineteenth-Century Literature, with recent thematic focuses on topics like Cosmopolitanism, the Global, Exploration and Encounter, and Romantic Geographies. Recent graduate seminars include those on Book History and Material Texts, Material Culture and Collecting, Cosmopolitanism, Exploration, and the Global Nineteenth Century.


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