VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND DIGITAL EDUCATION
CARLSON PROFESSOR IN THE HUMANITIES
PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH
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."
--Howard Gillete, Rutgers University-Camden
Caroline Levander is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. She is currently writing American Style (with Matthew Pratt Guterl), Adventuring Americans, and Laying Claim: Imagining Empire on the U.S. Mexico Border. Most recently, she has published Hotel Life: The Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen (2015) and Where Is American Literature? (2013). In addition to co-editing a book series, Imagining the Americas, with Oxford University Press, Levander is author of Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke UP 2006) and Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge UP 1998, paperback reprint 2009). She has co-edited A Companion to American Literary Studies (2011), Teaching and Studying the Americas (2010), Hemispheric American Studies (2008), "The Global South and World Disorder" (2011), and The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (2003).
Levander is the recipient of 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, among other agencies.
As Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education, Caroline Levander oversees Rice’s strategic academic priorities in quality teaching, digital education, and interdisciplinary arts initiatives, among other strategic initiatives. She leads the digital learning and scholarship endeavor, which includes overseeing all online curricula as well as K-20 digital initiatives, and is responsible for developing the university’s interdisciplinary arts program as well as its anchor new 30 million dollar facility. Moody Center for the Arts will foster arts-based, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teaching, research and creative work that could not easily find a home elsewhere on campus.
Levander's research focuses broadly on American culture and literature from the nineteenth-century to the present time. Her work has appeared in popular venues, including Inside Higher Ed and The New York Times.