Tyler Curtain

Associate Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill

2013 Robert Frost Chair of Literature, Bread Loaf School of English

Faculty Associate, Center for Philosophy of Biology, Department of Philosophy, Duke University

Faculty, History and Philosophy of Science, Technology & Medicine, Duke University

Hire Date: 1999

Ph. D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1999 (English and American Literature)

B.Sc., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988 (Computer Science from the College of Engineering and Applied Science)

Professor Curtain is a theorist and philosopher with the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theory, as well as courses in science fiction and fantasy. He co-direct Duke's Center for the Philosophy of Biology. (For more information, see http://www.philbio.org/.) His research interests include theoretical philosophy, philosophy of biology, evolutionary theories of language, linguistics, philosophy of language, and theoretical computer science.

This summer, Professor Curtain was named to the 2013 Robert Frost Chair of Literature at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. Bread Loaf bestowed the top honor on Professor Curtain for intellectual innovation, mentorship in graduate student education, and exceptional graduate-level teaching. The Chair is named after poet Robert Frost who taught at Bread Loaf for 42 years, starting in 1921. Former Chair holders include Sacvan Bercovitch (Harvard), Laurence Holland (Johns Hopkins), Michael Wood (Princeton), Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck, University of London), and Paul Muldoon (Princeton).

Professor Curtain has been elected to the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature for the Modern Language Association. He will be Secretary of the MLA SF/UF Group in 2016, becoming President for the 2017 academic year.

One last, personal note. Tyler has not been allowed to marry his life partner, Jay, for 12 years. The State of North Carolina recently decided that Tyler will not marry his partner next year, or for the foreseeable future, despite both being citizens of the United States. The Fourteenth Amendment asserts that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens of the United States." A small portion of citizens of North Carolina, but a majority of its primary voters, decided to opt out of that part of the United States Constitution in order to use the Constitution of the State of North Carolina and the full force of its governmental powers as a weapon against a still-hated minority.