I am an Assistant Professor at Oberlin in Comparative American Studies.
My work draws on the fields of literary studies, art history, and media studies in order to examine the manner in which different modes of perception are involved in the composure and discomposure of identities rooted in race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and sexuality. My current book project, Life in Motion: An Affective Genealogy of Minoritarian Art, recounts exchanges between avant-garde practices, the art world, and the visual culture of the mass picture magazine.
I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in 2018, and my BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010.
You can reach me by email: cmerport[at]oberlin[dot]edu