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A Professor of English and American Studies, Dr. Wertheimer is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in America, (Stanford University Press, 2006) and Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876, (Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback 2009). He was the founder and past Director of ASU's Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies. He is, with Monica Casper, the co-editor of a volume of essays, Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict and Memory in Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2016). He has published articles on topics in early and nineteenth century American literature in American Literature, Early American Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature, The Canadian Review of American Studies, boundary2, and Arizona Quarterly.
- PhD: University of Pennsylvania
- MA: University of Pennsylvania
- BA: Haverford College