I am a writer, teacher, and academic living in Brooklyn. I teach writing and American literature at Hunter College, CUNY. My scholarly work has appeared in or is forthcoming from MELUS, Novel, and Approaches to Teaching Charles Chesnutt. My research focuses on the relationship between race, politics, and transcriptive writing practices (copying, stenography, etc.), especially in the nineteenth century.
I hold a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where my dissertation, Common Knowledge: the Epistemology of American Realism, received the Irving Howe Prize for Best Dissertation on Literature and Politics. My essay “Charles W. Chesnutt’s Stenographic Realism” received honorable mention for the Katherine Newman Best Essay Award from the Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature in the United States.
I am also a freelance writer, with work appearing in The Believer, Bookforum, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places.
In 2015, Christine Smallwood and I wrote ScarJo, a book-length lyric essay about Scarlett Johansson. It includes art by Chris Santa Maria. You can buy it from Printed Matter, and probably some other places.
Email: mark.sussman at gmail dot com