Title: Assistant Professor
Vartan Messier specializes in contemporary fiction, popular culture, media and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and continental philosophy. He pursued his doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Riverside (Ph.D., 2011). His work examines interdisciplinary discourses on the formation of cultural and gender subjectivities emerging from transnational networks of global interconnectivity. Engaging with theories of intertextuality and intermediality, his publications have focused on investigating the aesthetics and politics of media interaction and consumption across texts and contexts.
Professor Messier's current book project is a comparative study of the interconnections between desire, gendered subjectivity, and notions of cultural specificity in 20th and 21st century works of film and literature from the U.S., Western Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa through a transnational lens.
At CUNY, Professor Messier has taught freshman composition, introductory courses in literature and media studies, as well as upper-division courses on contemporary and postcolonial fiction, media criticism and theory, and film and literature.