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Daniel S. Malachuk

Western Illinois University
Residential Fellow at the NDIAS (Fall 2013)
"A Higher Law: The Political Theory of American Transcendentalism"


Daniel S. Malachuk is Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University.  He specializes in nineteenth- century British and American literature in relation to political theory with particular attention to the rise of liberal democracy, environmentalism, and secularism.

He is the author of Perfection, the State, and Victorian Liberalism (2005) and co-editor with Alan M. Levine of A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson (2011). His more than twenty chapters and articles have appeared in collections including most recently The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot and Emerson in Context and journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture, New England Quarterly, Studies in Romanticism, and the Journal of Human Rights.

Professor Malachuk has taught political theory at Georgetown and George Washington Universities and literature at American University. He has served on the Boards of both the Emerson Society and the Thoreau Society. In the spring of 2014 he will be a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg.