Bill Albertini


Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator
211A East Hall     419-372-7541 [Coordinator]
424 East Hall     419-372-8668 [Teaching}

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. English, University of Virginia, 2004
M.A. English, University of Virginia, 1999
B.A. English, University of Notre Dame, 1995

Area: 20th century and contemporary American literatures; literary and cultural studies; queer and gender theories; disability studies.

Research Interests: Contagion, illness, and disability studies; queer theory, gender studies, and sexuality; cultural studies.

Courses Taught

ENG 2010: Introduction to Literature
ENG 2750: American Literature since 1865
ENG 3110: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Criticism
ENG 4340: Sex and Other Difficult Topics
ENG 4800: Literature, the Body, and Disability
ENG/ACS 6750: Sexuality and Its Discontents
ENG 7070: Advanced Queer Theory
ENG/ACS 6750: Disability and Bodily Difference

Online Courses

ENG 2010: Introduction to Literature
ENG 6090: The Teaching of Literature
ENG 6800: Disability in Literature

Select Publications

“Epidemic Stories.” Rev. of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, by Priscilla Wald. Contemporary Literature 50.2 (Summer 2009): 424-435.
 “The Geographies of Contagion.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 19 (Summer 2009). <>.

“Contagion and the Necessary Accident.” Discourse 30.3 (Fall 2008): 443-467.
 “Contagion Nation.” VERB 5.1 (2007). <>.
Co-author, “Introduction.” Is There Life After Identity Politics? Special issue of New Literary History 31.4 (Autumn 2000).

Works in Progress

“AIDS Memoir, Suffering, and the History of Queer Liberalism.”
Shortbus and the Permeable Nation.” Article in progress.