Dr. Kieran Murphy is a founding member of CSO and Assistant Professor of French and Italian. He’s also a member of the Center for Literature and Natural Science at Erlangen University, and of the editorial board of the crossdisciplinary journal Epistemocritique. His first book, Literature, Science, and the Birth of the Electromagnetic Age (under consideration at a UP), explores the origin of the electromagnetic age through the lens of literary studies. Some of this research has already been published in academic journals, including his article “Electromagnetic Thought in Balzac, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam and Joseph Breuer,” for which The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts awarded him the Schachterle Essay Prize for the best essay on literature and science. His next book project examines how the Haitian Revolution inaugurated new modes of transatlantic scientific thinking, and how they provide a critical perspective from which we can reevaluate the rise of modern science.