VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND DIGITAL EDUCATION
CARLSON PROFESSOR IN THE HUMANITIES
PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH
Caroline Levander is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education at Rice University, where she leads the digital learning and scholarship endeavor, including overseeing all online curricula as well as K-20 digital initiatives.
An award-winning cultural and literary critic and Carlson Professor of Humanities and English at Rice University, Levander teaches, talks, and writes about American life and culture. Her writing has recently appeared in Slate, The New York Times, and Business Insider, and her latest book, Hotel Life: the Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen, is about the everyday work of one of the world’s most fascinating and strange institutions. In addition to authoring three other books including Where is American Literature? (2013) and co-editing many others such as Hemispheric American Studies (2008) and Companion to American Literary Studies (2011), Levander spends time thinking about the future of higher education. She writes and speaks regularly in venues such as Inside Higher Ed and at international higher education and innovation summits. Levander is currently at work on a book about adventure in American life that features figures like Nikola Tesla, Margaret Bourke-White, and Matthew Henson, among others.
Levander will be a 2017 Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a 2016 Senior Fellow at the Freie Universität Graduate School, Berlin. She is the recipient of additional grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, the Brown Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Science's National Leadership grant.
Hotel Life is a dazzling, carefully crafted, and beautifully written book, full of original insights. In it, Caroline Field Levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl show us new and thought-provoking ways we can look at hotels as a central, undeniable part of modern existence. An agile, imaginative work that will spark debate for years to come."