Max Cavitch joined Penn’s faculty in 1999, after receiving his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Rutgers. He teaches all forms and phases of American literature from the beginnings of English contact and settlement to the present day. His teaching and research interests also include gender and sexuality studies, historical poetics, and cinema. He is the author of American Elegy: The Poetry of Mourning from the Puritans to Whitman (2007), and he has also published essays on a variety of topics in the journals American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Early American Literature, Senses of Cinema, Screen, and Victorian Poetry. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Penn Humanities Forum, and Cornell’s Society for the Humanities. He is presently co-editor of the book series Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press), advisory editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, member of the Advisory and Executive Councils of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, a consortium member of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and member of the collaboration committee of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry.