Modern Writers and Surveillance

English Professor to Examine FBI's Surveillance of Modern Writers

The Kent State University Honors College will host its next Research Uncorked event on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Secret Cellar in downtown Kent.

In her upcoming presentation, Dr. Claire Culletonwill discuss her research into the FBI's surveillance of modern writers under the directorship of J. Edgar Hoover, and will transition from there into a wider discussion of current privacy issues, Big Data, the NSA spying scandals, and the relationship between surveillance and power and the psychological and moral cost of living under constant watch.

Claire Culleton, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of English within the College of Arts & Sciences at Kent State University. 

Culleton's research interests include 20th century Irish, British, and American literature and culture and has authored three books focused on this period - Joyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover's Manipulation of Modernism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); Working-Class Culture, Women, and Britain, 1914-1921 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), Names and Naming in Joyce (University of Wisconsin Press, 1994). She has co-edited two books focused on literary modernism: Modernism on File: Modern WritersArtistsand the FBI, 1920-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1989.

View Dr. Culleton's Faculty Profile

This event will be held at The Secret Cellar, located at 176 E. Main St. in downtown Kent. Research Uncorked is open to the public. Appetizers and beverages are available but not provided. Tickets are not required.

About Research Uncorked

Research Uncorked, an ongoing event sponsored by the Honors College, is designed to bring together a broad range of Kent State researchers and the Kent and surrounding communities for focused public conversations.

For further information about Research Uncorked, contact Victoria Bocchicchio, Director, Academic Programs, at (330) 672-2312 or